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Pakistan's Lone Warrior Shadab Khan Against England Plays Down Comparison To Steve Smith

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| June 2 , 2018 , 18:57 IST

Not often do we expect the lower order batsmen to perform greatly with bad on the field. Though sometimes, ardent situations become a birthing ground for heroes. The same happened when Pakistan's batting line-up collapsed in the second Test against England at Headingley on Friday.

While the entire team was bowled out at 174, 19-year-old leg-spinner Shadab Khan's 52-ball 56 established him as a lone warrior. Before being dismissed by Keaton Jennings off a Sam Curran ball, the young player contributed to Pak's partial recovery full force.

However, the cricketer is least interested in following Aussie Steve Smith's footsteps by changing his focus from bowling to batting. When asked about the same, he replied, "He's (Smith) my favourite, but not yet. I didn't go as a batsman, the focus is on being a bowling all-rounder, just play as a bowling all-rounder."

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Apart from scoring an impressive 48-ball fifty including nine boundaries, Shadab revived Pakistan against England on Day 1 of the 2nd Test. Addressing his impeccable innings, he said, "There was seam and swing when I was batting. I was only trying to do what I know."

Notably, this was Shadab's third fifty in successive Tests following a 55 against Ireland and 52 against England at Lords. At end of Day 1, England were 106 for two, that is 68 runs behind Pakistan. England captain Joe Root was 29 not out on his Yorkshire home ground with Dominic Bess.