Ehsan Adil — Bigger stage, better show

Published: November 17, 2012
Yet to turn 20, Ehsan’s quick rise up the ranks has been impressive and his willingness to learn and improve even more so. PHOTO: ICC/GETTY

Yet to turn 20, Ehsan’s quick rise up the ranks has been impressive and his willingness to learn and improve even more so. PHOTO: ICC/GETTY

Ehsan Adil impressed his team management and fans back home with his bowling – and a big heart – in an impressive under-19 World Cup for Pakistan.

However, it was his transition into first-class cricket immediately afterwards that has been more impressive – seven matches for HBL in his maiden season and he is the joint highest wicket-taker in the President’s Trophy with 47 wickets, including three five-wicket hauls and an average of under 16.

Adil, naturally, did not imagine the transition – and his rise – to be this quick and smooth. But according to the right-arm fast-bowler, the confidence instilled in him by Abdul Raquib – a former selector – and Test discard Imran Farhat has helped calm his nerves – the pair predicted he will end the trophy as the best bowler.

“Apart from the faith in me, it is the amount of responsibility I’ve been given that has allowed me to bloom quickly,” said Adil, who revealed that he nearly joined KRL but a late call-up by HBL was an opportunity he just could not turn down. He was wary of the star-studded line-up HBL had and was not sure if he would get matches regularly, but the assurances were enough for him to put pen on paper.

“The learning curve has been steep but effective. The advice I’ve been receiving from Younus Khan has been very important and he allows me to bowl the way I want to.”

Waqar was his idol

The Gojra-born Adil grew up watching Waqar Younis before he concentrated on Mohammad Asif’s ability to move the ball both ways at will. Restless, Adil is now concentrating on improving his batting too as he wants to help his team out of difficult situations, gradually developing into a bowler who can be trusted with the bat too.

The steep rise, however, was given birth after just three balls before he was selected for Faisalabad U15.

“I was reluctant but my friend took me to those trials. I never thought I’d be selected so I didn’t want to waste my time at the trials. It seemed as if only those with some sort of backing used to get the selectors’ nod.”

Match-winner at a young age

The lanky pacer has not looked back since. Adil has been a match-winner on big occasions since making it to the national U19 squad.

He helped Pakistan win the away series against South Africa by playing a 22-run cameo in the final and also helped them draw the Asia Cup final against India in the last over.

He almost won them the U19 World Cup quarter-final against India with a 35-run knock, two wickets and that catch at third-man that made people sit up and take notice. The loss, though, still ranks as his worst, but the confidence that more chances will come his way keeps him motivated.

“Losing to India in the quarter-final still hurts and I still have every moment from that game in my head. But now I can see what I did wrong and that’s the important thing.”

Published in The Express Tribune, November 18th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Asad
    Nov 18, 2012 - 1:04AM

    in the meantime… players like Sami are still on the selectors’ list…


  • GH
    Nov 19, 2012 - 1:39PM

    Give him another domestic season before analyzing him Next big thing. He is good but he needs time to get mature. otherwise we’ll another Mohammad Amir or Umar Akmal!!


  • Nouman
    Nov 19, 2012 - 5:49PM

    I think he should be in the team. Please Select a player when he is in form, don’t select when He is out of form. In past we waste Abdul Rauf and Aizaz Cheema by selected them to late.


  • oho
    Nov 20, 2012 - 7:55AM

    Did Waseem Akram play First Class Cricket before breaking into Tests….no……so talent is far bigger than practice in first class…..Recommend

  • Sheikh Salman
    Nov 21, 2012 - 3:29PM

    Don’t know what is the logic behind to keep selecting ordinary cricketers specially fast bowlers, e.g Sami, Aizaz Cheema.. What about good performers like Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz.. and why not yet try out Zia-ul-Haq, Babar Azam.. Kill the career in the likes of Rahat Ali, Anwar Ali, Sohail Khan.????


  • Sheikh Salman
    Nov 21, 2012 - 3:31PM

    Domestic in Pakistan have not produce any talent who perform well in international arena. Great players come naturally from here.. Remember Sajid Khan??? that guy scores lots in domestic where he is now no one remember him i guess.


  • Sheikh Salman
    Nov 21, 2012 - 3:34PM

    Grace ball helps alot in domestic circuit for fast bowler.. says Abdur Rauf the fast bowler.. so why not using it in as home advantage. It is much better ball than the Kookabura in these dry conditions..


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