I kind of see myself in Naseem—the kind he’s of free-spirited. But I wasn’t as clever,’ a former Australian great said.

Young Naseem Shah maintained Pakistan’s bowling edge in Shaheen Shah Afridi’s absence, who was forced to withdraw from the Asia Cup 2022 due to a knee injury. Naseem not only excelled with the ball but also with the willow, smacking two consecutive sixes in the last over of the “Super 4” game to assist his side defeat Afghanistan and advance to the championship match.

In his debut T20I, Naseem, who received raving accolades from international cricket players and fans, also distinguished himself. The quick bowler made an early wicket, dismissing KL Rahul for a duck, before dismissing Suryakumar Yadav for 18. Before cramping over the last five overs caused him to hobble, he returned figures of 2-27. The forthcoming England T20Is will center on Naseem before Pakistan travels to Australia for the much-awaited World T20, which also includes a thrilling Indo-Pak match on October 23.

Shaun Tait, a former Australian speedy who is now the bowling coach for Pakistan, has praised Naseem highly and said that the bowler reminds him of himself. In his prime, Tait was one of the world’s quickest and most powerful bowlers.

“Pakistan’s quick bowlers possess their unique skills. They want to keep things simple while having a great deal of skill and flair. Thus, it has already been ingrained in these people, according to Tait, who spoke at a news conference on Sunday. “For me, developing relationships with these individuals and instilling trust in them is quite straightforward.”

“In some respects, he reminds me of the cricketer I was when I was younger. He has a free-spirited quality. But I lacked their intelligence. The bowling instructor added, “I believe you’ve all witnessed his innate talent and aptitude with the new ball.