Following in the footsteps of his former teammates Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram and Rashid Latif, Musthaq Ahmed took on the responsibility to give a pep talk to Pakistani cricketers currently confined within their homes because of the countrywide lockdown.
In his online lecture given to both front-ranked and emerging spinners of the country, Mushtaq stressed on Thursday that the players should make the most out of this hiatus from international cricket.
The legendary spinner who claimed 185 wickets from 52 Tests for Pakistan spoke about his Test career and various success stories. Muhsi revealed that slow wickets in Pakistan supported his bowling but in countries like Australia, South Africa and England he had to work really hard to take wickets.
While addressing the current crop of national spinners, Mushtaq said that Imad Wasim’s orthodox left-arm-spin was improving while leg-spinner Shadab Khan had the variations in place and only needs more experience of bowling in longer formats to make an impression.
Mushtaq, who has worked as a spin bowling coach in various Test-playing nations, said that the current lockdown time was the best for spinners to work and improve their bowling techniques. He recalled that during his early days he spoiled his bowling action in a bid to emulate Abdul Qadir but he never gave-up and kept working on his bowling.
He added that it wasn’t easy for him to take wickets in the 90s in the presence of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.
Mushtaq also stressed on the importance of the relationship between a wicketkeeper and a spinner as they work in tandem to plot a batsman’s downfall. During his playing days he used to team-up with wicketkeeper Moin Khan in order to dismiss batsmen.
He said that while spin bowling was an art, it was also about how smart and quick-thinking the bowler is that makes him more successful.
Mushtaq, 49, also said that he never took criticism to heart during his career and always worked hard to improve his game, he was the son of a labourer and his father taught him to never give-up which remained his career’s motto. –with inputs from agencies