Pakistan has an esteemed history as far as producing fast bowlers is concerned and the production line seems to be a never ending one. The Rawalpindi region has over the years produced it's fair share of quicks, with Shoaib Akhtar of course being the biggest name to come out from "Pindi".
Pakistan has an esteemed history as far as producing fast bowlers is concerned and the production line seems to be a never ending one. The Rawalpindi region has over the years produced it's fair share of quicks, with Shoaib Akhtar of course being the biggest name to come out from "Pindi". Mohammad Amir and Yasir Arafat are just two more from the production line and it seems that the Pindi production line may just be on the verge of producing another fast bowler that is one to look out for in the future.
Sadaf Hussain has only played 5 first class matches so it would be wrong to hype the lad up and say that he is the next Mohammad Amir, but it's definitely a case of "so far so good" as far as Sadaf is concerned and I think he is certainly one to look out for.
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PakPassion spoke with Sadaf Hussain a short while ago and here is the lowdown on him :-
Sadaf is a 6 foot 3" left arm medium fast bowler.
He is aged 20 and was born in Chakwal, Punjab.
He started playing cricket for one of the local clubs in Chakwal in his early teens.
He was then spotted by one of the Rawalpindi coaches who asked him to practice with the Rawalpindi Region Under 19 side.
He was then selected for the Rawalpindi Under 19 team, before being selected for the senior Rawalpindi side.
He made his debut for Rawalpindi in February last year taking 3 wickets on debut against Peshawar.
He feels that Rawalpindi is producing a number of promising fast bowlers, as the wickets in the region are very sporting tracks and help the quick bowlers.
His favourite bowler of all time is Wasim Akram and he looks forward to the day that he can meet Wasim and ask him for advice on his bowling.
He's working with his coaches, namely Sabih Azahar on his reverse swing and also his outswinger with the new ball, as he feels both can be improved upon.
Sadaf says he has a side on action and the comments he has received about his action are very positive.
Yasir Araft is a current player who Sadaf feels he is benefitting from working with. "Yasir [I]bhai [/I]is very helpful at the camps, advising the youngsters, working with us on our bowling and trying to get us to improve our all round game."
His prized wicket so far is Imran Nazir, which was taken in the recently concluded match against ZTBL, where Sadaf returned match figures of 11 for 118. "ZTBL are a powerful side and Imran was hitting our bowling attack all over the park. I got one to swing back into him and beat him all ends up and bowled him. We won the match by 171 runs and it was a great win for us."
His stock delivery is the inswinger to the right handers.
He feels that he swings the ball more with the new ball at the moment.
With the older ball he tends to swing the ball away from the right handers.