Tuesday Nov 19 2019

Usman Shinwari dreams of dismissing legendary Kohli, de Villiers

 'My dream is to bowl against them and dismiss them,' said Shinwari. — Photo by reporter

KARACHI: Fast bowler Usman Shinwari has revealed that his dream is to bowl against Indian cricketer Virat Kohli and take his wicket in an international match.

Talking to media at Karachi’s UBL sports complex, Shinwari said that there are two players whom he wants to bowl against — one is Virat Kohli and the other one is AB de Villiers.

“These two are legendary figures in cricket and known for their skills with the bat, my dream is to bowl against them and take their wicket,” Shinwari said.

As AB has now retired from international cricket, Shinwari eyes to face-off with him in any of T20 leagues. As for Kohli, the Pakistani cricketer aims to play against India and take the ace batsman’s wicket.

Shinwari would’ve achieved his dream moment last year in the Asia Cup where he took the field against India but the Indian side had decided to rest Virat Kohli for the tournament.

The 25-year-old batsman who has represented Pakistan in 17 ODIs and 16 T20Is, says that he’s eager to play more for Pakistan at the top level. In the same vein, he said that being dropped from the Australia tour didn’t disappoint him.

“It must be in the better interest of the Pakistan team, the management tried a different combination. I don’t think that I was dropped, it was just a different combination,” Shinwari said.

Shinwari is currently playing for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s team in Quaid e Azam Trophy and was in action against Balochistan at Karachi’s UBL sports complex.

Shinwari said that he always eyed a five-wicket-haul in an innings whenever he is playing red-ball cricket.

“I am always hungry for 5-fers in First class Cricket and that’s my target. Every-time I play the longer format, I always try to give my best and achieve maximum for my team,” he expressed.

The fast bowler also revealed that he doesn’t have a usual diet plan but to remain fit he tries to spend more and more time in the ground and then try to make everything balanced while training.