Kolkata, November 8 (Language) Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan seems ready to make a comeback after recovering from a head injury, while captain Babar Azam sweated profusely in the practice session here on Wednesday before the World Cup match against England.
After touring Kolkata for two days, Pakistan players took part in a three-hour practice session on Wednesday evening. To keep alive its hopes of reaching the semi-finals, it will have to win against England at any cost.
Shadab bowled for the first time after being injured in the match against South Africa. The 25-year-old batsman fell while fielding and suffered a head injury. Due to this, he could not play in the next two matches against Bangladesh and New Zealand.
Shadab bowled to his full potential during the practice session and then also practiced batting.
Pakistan has struggled in batting due to lack of consistency in Babar’s performance. He has scored four half-centuries in eight innings so far but he has not been able to convert any of his good starts into centuries. This is the reason why he has lost his number one position in the world rankings.
Babar seems desperate to play big innings and hence he spent most of the time in the nets and especially faced fast bowler Shaheen Afridi. He also hit sweep shots against the spinners so that he could face Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali boldly.
Fast bowler Haris Rauf, who underwent MRI due to rib pain, also bowled to his full potential during the practice session.
The match between Pakistan and England on Saturday will be played on a new wicket on which no World Cup match has been played yet. Bengal Cricket Association curator Sujan Mukherjee termed it as a favorable wicket for the batsmen.
He said, “This wicket will also help the spinners and its behavior will be slightly different due to dew.” I can’t say for sure how much grass will be placed on it because there is still some time left for the match.