Young Pakistani pacer Naseem Shah, who picked up a five-wicket haul against Sri Lanka in the second innings of the second Test, could not control his emotions while speaking to the reporters in the post-match conference.
The 16-year-old pacer broke down in tears saying that he always wanted to dedicate his maiden five-wicket haul in international cricket to his mother. Shah lost his mother while he was touring Austalia with the Pakistan national team last month.
Naseem Shah couldn’t control his tears while remembering his late mother. Said he always wanted to dedicate his first 5-fer to his mother but she passed away just few days before his debut.
What an emotional story, Stay strong Naseem. #PakvSL pic.twitter.com/So5P7D2wMn
— Saad 🇵🇰 (@iSaadAwais22_) December 23, 2019
Courtesy of his 5/31, Shah has become the youngest pacer to take an international five-wicket haul. He has also become the second youngest cricketer to have achieved a five-wicket haul after Pakistan’s Nasim-ul-Ghani, who took a 5-for against the West Indies in 1958.
Naseem was only six when international cricket was suspended in Pakistan following an attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009. He made his international debut last month in the Brisbane Test against Australia and David Warner was his maiden Test wicket.
Pakistan on Monday outplayed Sri Lanka by 263 runs at the National Stadium in Karachi and sealed the historic two-match series 1-0 in their favour. Notably, the first Test between the two sides in Rawalpindi had ended in a draw.
In Karachi, Sri Lanka were chasing 476 runs for victory but were bundled out for mere 212 on the fifth and final day.
Pakistan opener Abid Ali, who had scored unbeaten 109 in first game, 38 and 174 runs in the second, was declared the Player of the Match and Player of the Series.