ICC U19 World Cup 2024: Young Pakistani Star Bowler Ubaid Shah came up with a warning statement ahead of the Semifinal against Australia U19. Pakistan U19 are set to battle against Australia U19 in the second semifinal of the ICC U19 World Cup 2024 on February 8, 2024.
Ubaid Shah has been the hero of the Pakistan U19 team in this tournament. Like elder brother Naseem Shah, he took no time to go into the heads of the cricketing world. He has taken a fifer and a four-fer in this tournament till now and is the second-highest wicket-taker of the tournament.
Ubaid Shah has had an outstanding U19 World Cup, taking 17 wickets at an impressive average of 10.52 in five matches. Among those wickets was a five-wicket haul in a match that was crucial for Pakistan, as they had to defend a subpar total of 155 to secure their semi-final qualification against U19 Asia Cup winner Bangladesh.
Ubaid Shah’s Interview
In an exclusive interview, Ubaid Shah said “We are happy to make it to the semi-final. The way I have performed and got support from the team and management (means a lot). The way we have come prepared and taken a start, we will hope to finish the same way.”
“The batting of our Pakistan team has been good but when we talk about our bowling, it is very good. In the whole tournament, no team has been able to go past 200 against us which is one of the biggest positives.”
Ubaid Shah also said that he is closely inspired by his elder brother Naseem Shah. “If I talk about individual performances, I watch my brother (Naseem Shah) a lot. I get happy watching the team perform well but seeing Naseem do well makes me happier for obvious reasons.“
“He performed well against New Zealand and Afghanistan and when I faced the two teams in the tournament, I too bowled well, even in the crucial match against Bangladesh. This has made me the most happy.”
“We reached the semi-final of the Asia Cup as well and lost closely. We will learn from our mistakes and improve on them. We won’t give a second chance now to another team,” he concluded.
Source- ICC Official Website