Talha hopes to impress in shorter formats

Faisalabad fast bowler aims to shine in Asia Cup, World Twenty20.

Nabeel Hashmi February 15, 2014
Talha, who represents Port Qasim Authority (PQA) and Faisalabad, has taken 278 wickets in 70 first-class matches. PHOTO: FILE


Fast bowler Mohammad Talha who has been named in Pakistan’s Asia Cup and World Twenty20 squads has emphasised that he is bowling with discipline in order to start his international career in shorter formats on a successful note.

Talha, who represents Port Qasim Authority (PQA) and Faisalabad, has taken 278 wickets in 70 first-class matches, while in 54 List A matches he has 89 scalps to his name.

His T20 domestic career has been average compared to other forms with 38 wickets from 35 matches with an economy rate of just under eight.

The 25-year-old pacer has just two Tests under his belt and is yet to make a debut in One-day Internationals (ODIs) and T20Is.

“With Asia Cup and World T20 ahead, I’ve been trying to bowl length balls and yorkers in the ongoing Faysal Bank T20 Tournament on advice of skipper Misbahul Haq,” Talha told The Express Tribune.

“I’ve got a good bouncer so that can be used as a surprise weapon too.”

“I worked really hard on my fitness to overcome the injuries that were hindering my progress over the years.” He concluded.

Lions, Wolves to fight for title

Defending champions Faisalabad Wolves will lock horns with Lahore Lions in the Faysal Bank T20 Cup final today at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.

Lions tore apart Islamabad Leopards in the first semi-final recording a thumping 79-run victory. Batting first, Lions amassed 188 for four in 20 overs.

Pakistan discard Nasir Jamshed top-scored with 60 off 33 balls, hitting two sixes and eight boundaries while Mohammad Hafeez made 51.

In reply, Leopards were bowled out for 109 in 18.4 overs. Aizaz Cheema, Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Ali and Adnan Rasool snapped two wickets each.

In the other semi-final, Farrukh Shehzad’s whirlwind 84 laced with three sixes and eight boundaries propelled Wolves to 51-run victory over Abbottabad Falcons.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 16th, 2014.

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