ISLAMABAD: Blaming Pakistan team for bringing about their downfall in the first innings of second Test against South Africa in Dubai, former test cricketer Sadiq Mohammad has said that the batsmen gifted their wickets to Pakistan-born leg-spinner Imran Tahir.
Pakistan were bundled out on 99 on the opening day on a dry and flat pitch in a match which Protease need to win to level the two-Test series.
Tahir, 34, born and brought up in Pakistan before migrating to South Africa and qualifying to play for them in 2011 claimed a maiden five-wicket haul to put his team in early control of the second Test match.
While praising Tahir’s bowling, Sadiq said although the leg-spinner bowled pretty well, it were Pakistan batsmen who gave him the confidence. “His first wicket was lucky. But after that Pakistan batsmen did not handled him well and gave him confidence by playing senselessly and handing him over their wickets to him,” Sadiq said in interview.
Sadiq, who played 41 Test matches for Pakistan between 1969 and 1981 with and average of 35.81 said: “It’s disappointing to see a side, known for playing spinners well falling prey to a spinner like that. It’s really frustrating,” he added.
He was also critical of Younis Khan saying that although he managed to score a double century against Zimbabwe in Harare last month, but his batting was not like what it was a few years back. He said Younis must himself make a decision about his future.