Asia Cup 2022: Mohammad Nawaz – The person who turned the Tremendous 4 match vs India on its head | Cricket Information

NEW DELHI: If India had two leg-spinners – Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravi Bishnoi – of their ranks to cease Pakistan’s prime order from going for the large photographs, the Males in Inexperienced made essentially the most of a floating all-rounder – Mohammad Nawaz – to sort out the Indian leg-spinners.
Nawaz was despatched out to bat at quantity 8 within the league stage match vs India within the ongoing Asia Cup, which India received. On that event he managed to attain simply 1 off 3 balls. On Sunday although, after Pakistan misplaced two if their finest batters in captain Babar Azam (14) and Fakhar Zaman (15) and with the scoreboard studying 63 for two in 8.4 overs, Pakistan head coach Saqlain Mushtaq and skipper Babar determined to advertise the hard-hitting Nawaz up the order. It was of venture. And it paid off handsomely for Pakistan.
The reasoning behind this was to counter the 2 Indian leggies and Nawaz, who earlier than this match had scored a complete of 124 runs in 14 innings, performed a knock that turned the match on its head, utterly swinging the momentum Pakistan’s approach.
When Nawaz walked out to bat the equation for Pakistan learn – 119 wanted in 68 deliveries. This was the stage the place Rohit Sharma would have preferred to actually apply the brakes on Pakistan to be sure that the required run fee inched into the realm of the just about unimaginable. However that is precisely what Nawaz did not permit the Indian bowlers to do.
He got here to the crease and defended the primary ball after which performed an excellent minimize in direction of third man to ship Chahal for a boundary. Within the subsequent over, Rizwan collected a single off Hardik Pandya and gave the strike to Nawaz. Nawaz did not waste time and whacked Pandya over lengthy on for an enormous six.
The 28-year-old Nawaz, a left-arm spinner, placed on a 73-run stand with Mohammad Rizwan for the third wicket. It was a partnership that made certain that Pakistan stayed nicely and really within the hunt in what was a tough chase. Nawaz’s keep on the crease was simply 20 balls lengthy, however in true T20 trend, it was an impression knock. Nawaz smashed 6 fours and a couple of sixes in his 20-balls, notching up 42 runs. His knock additionally gave Rizwan the respiration area, guaranteeing that he did not must strive something too rash.


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Nawaz scored 22 runs towards the Indian leg-spinners – Chahal and Bishnoi, together with 1 six off Bishnoi and three boundaries towards Chahal in his 42-run knock.

“I had a hunch that Nawaz could be key towards the leg-spinners,” stated Babar Azam within the post-match presentation.
By the point Nawaz fell within the sixteenth over to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the equation had come right down to 46 wanted off 27 balls. The momentum had swung.
Nawaz in actual fact had an all-round impression on the match – He had very economical figures of 1-25 in his 4 overs. His one sufferer on the evening was potential recreation changer Suryakumar Yadav. Nawaz additionally took three catches, and was after all adjudged Man of the Match. Within the Asia Cup league match vs India in Dubai, which Pakistan misplaced, Nawaz was essentially the most profitable Pakistan bowler, taking 3 wickets for 33 runs in 3.4 overs, sending again the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Raviindra Jadeja.


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“To play such an innings in a high-pressure recreation has undoubtedly given me confidence. I’ve obtained the chance to develop as a participant and I’ll strive my finest to dwell as much as the rising expectations. I’ll work arduous and attempt to carry out higher as a correct all-rounder for the Pakistan workforce,” Nawaz stated after the match.
The 28 12 months previous, who made his worldwide debut for Pakistan throughout all three codecs in 2016, was born in Rawalpindi and began taking part in cricket on the age of 14. Apparently, he was initially a left-arm medium quick bowler and a middle-order batsman.


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Enjoying for Rawalpindi towards Sialkot in an inter-region Beneath-16 match match in 2008, a younger Nawaz performed a significant position in his workforce’s win, smashing 60 runs and bagging 4 wickets, as a medium pacer.
Subsequently he was included within the Pakistan facet for the Worldwide Beneath-15 Championship within the West Indies.
For the reason that Caribbean tracks had been gradual, his coach Ameer Akbar and workforce supervisor Haroon Rashid helped him remodel from a medium pacer to a left-arm spinner.
Nawaz, who performed for Pakistan A, Quetta Gladiators, and Rajshahi Royals, made his Pakistan debut in 2016 and has performed 5 Assessments, 22 ODIs, and 33 T20Is to date. He has 417 worldwide runs and 78 scalps below his belt.