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Yasir Shah: It was my mistake at MCG

By Rashmi Nanda -


Yasir Shah, a specialist leg break spin bowler from Pakistan accepted his mistake for setting a six-three leg-side field as Australia robbed 624 runs at a run-rate of 4.39 in the first innings of the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Before declaring their first innings, the visitors have scored 443 runs, but they were bowled out for 163 in the second innings. As a result, Australia registered their victory by an innings and 18-run win as well as take up 2-0 lead in the two-match series against Pakistan.

The leg-spinner has admitted his fault as he has been given 207 runs at an economy of over five. He also said that he bowled too many full-tosses; the six-three field also drew a lot of criticism from the cricket experts and legends.

On Monday (January 2), Yasir told Fox Sports, "It was my mistake. I bowled with a five-four field and, yes, as a bowler I take responsibility in setting my fields. In hindsight it was a wrong decision. I think I bowled too many full tosses and short balls... At the MCG because of the rain, there were no dry patches and not enough rough to work with. I'm working in the nets to bowl in one channel and improve my action."

Yasir said about the spin legend Shane Warne’s advice, "He always tells me how to stay calm as a leg spinner and be patient in taking wickets. He spoke about my pace and how I should be bowling slower than I bowl in the UAE, around the 83-84 mph mark. He also suggested that giving some loop will help me get more purchase in the wicket. Warne has asked me to develop my googly using the same action, he said if you change your action then there are more chances of losing control over your bowling."

The visitors, as well as the hosts, are expected to play two spinners in their set up because the Sydney Cricket Ground pitch is almost certainly to help the tweakers for the last couple of days. 

Shah said in praise of the slow left-armer Mohammad Asghar, "I think he is a very good spinner, I was impressed by his bowling at the PSL. (He) bowled with a lot of courage and the batsmen who have played him rate him highly."

The leg-spinner also stated that Pakistan will bounce back in the series and win the game for pride against Australia at Sydney. Shah said, "Our batsmen tend to play spin very well. My focus is on my performance. I always want to add value with the ball and I will look to bowl well and contribute towards the team."

Yasir added, "It is disappointing to lose the series, but we have everything to play for. We want to make winning a habit, we were number one last year for a brief period, but it is important we win this test so that it motivates us for the next test series."