Sharjah - Pakistan latest left-arm fast bowling sensation, Usman Khan,
credits national team bowling coach Azhar Mahmood for his maiden five-wicket
haul in ODI cricket against Sri Lanka in Sharjah on Monday.
In just his second game, Usman took five wickets in just 21
balls as Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets to seal a five-nil series
The 23-year-old eventually finished with figures of 5-34 but
it was his opening spell of high quality seam and swing bowling the set tongues
wagging and his team on their way to a crushing win.
Usman said after the game: "This is my second match so
you can say that this is my best bowling.
"If you see us before the match, we do complete
warm-ups and our bowling coach tells us to attack from the first ball. So
that's what I did and got early wickets."
Mahmood gave credit to the young pacer, saying Usman was
under pressure to deliver as Pakistan were without fellow left-arm pacemen
Mohammad Amir and Ruman Raees due to injuries.
The Pakistan bowling coach said he has been following Usman
since he made his breakthrough in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) earlier this
Mahmood said: "They (Sri Lanka) are not a weak team.
They won the Test series. You can see they were destroyed by our bowling. We
outplayed them with our bowling.
"Amir was not in this series but [Usman] Shinwari came
and we have bowlers who can demolish the teams. Usman did it here with five
"I like his hunger for wickets. I watched him in the
PSL when he came to play. I hadn't seen him before but was really impressed. We
have the best attack in the world.
"The back-up is good when Amir is not there, Rumman
[Raees] came and performed in the Champions Trophy and now Amir again is
missing and Shinwari performed so it's healthy competition and makes our