Mushtaq Ahmed vows to 'revive' Yasir Shah's career

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Mushtaq Ahmed vows to 'revive' Yasir Shah's career | ESPNcricinfo.com Mushtaq Ahmed vows to 'revive' Yasir Shah's career --> Skip to navigation < > MenuESPNcricinfo ScoresAll cricket scores, fixtures and results here. More ESPNEdition Mushtaq Ahmed vows to 'revive' Yasir Shah's career26mUmar FarooqDhanajaya de Silva inches towards ton as rain ruins third day6hThe Report by Andrew Fidel FernandoRecall Umar Akmal? Drop Mohammad Abbas? What was Misbah-ul-Haq thinking!1hDanyal Rasool'Fully committed' Dwayne Bravo comes out of T20I retirement3hDeivarayan Muthu in ChennaiButtler, Stokes and Archer back for South Africa T20Is, no room for Root15mESPNcricinfo staff'Fully committed' Dwayne Bravo comes out of T20I retirement3hDeivarayan Muthu in ChennaiCalf strain rules Lockie Ferguson out of bowling in Perth Test1dAndrew McGlashan in PerthStats - Kohli's fastest fifty, Wankhede's highest T20I total2dBharath SeerviThe Buzz: Williamson didn't walk? Stuart Broad isn't happy27mESPNcricinfo staffMark Boucher set to be named South Africa's interim coach1hFirdose MoondaIs the IPL ready for Kesrick Williams' notebook and Sheldon Cottrell's salute?22hDeivarayan MuthuWithout Moeen Ali, where is England's spin depth?20hMatt Roller'Taking a break could prolong my Test career' - Moeen Ali2dESPNcricinfo staffIndia turn the tables on Kieron Pollard's men, West Indies style1dDeivarayan Muthu in MumbaiNot difficult to pick ourselves up again - Kieron Pollard22hDeivarayan Muthu in Mumbai'I'm salivating about the fast bowlers we have now in world cricket'10dInterview by Saurabh SomaniMeet the Sneddens, New Zealand's cricketingest family12dShashank KishoreDevdutt Padikkal carves his own niche in star-studded Karnataka line-up13dShashank KishoreWhat Sourav Ganguly needs to do as head of the BCCI13dSharda UgraHow Pakistan got it utterly wrong against David Warner at the Gabba15dOsman SamiuddinMisbah's deadcatting, and the decline of Pakistan's pace factory15dDanyal RasoolFAQs: The concussion sub, and why the rule is important18dSidharth Monga'Our game is a mental game. Most of our work is between the ears'17dInterview by Shashank KishoreDo Australia have a captaincy problem coming up?20dIan ChappellHow do we rate an ODI century made in 1972 against one made this year?21dKartikeya DateEmily Smith's ban for sharing team news on Instagram exposes a bigger problem22dIsabelle WestburyIndia have amazeballs fast bowlers? Surely I'm dreaming22dSharda UgraGraeme Smith appointed CSA director of cricket for three months2dFirdose MoondaMaxwell, Cummins, Morris part of second set at IPL auction2dNagraj Gollapudi and Gaurav SundararamanHow Jharkhand pulled off 'a repeat of Eden Gardens' in Agartala5hShashank KishoreLive Report - Ranji Trophy, 1st round4dShashank KishoreRanji Trophy newsfile: Umesh Yadav returns for Vidarbha's game against Rajasthan6hESPNcricinfo staffAsghar Afghan reappointed Afghanistan captain across formats2dESPNcricinfo staffHardik Pandya targets comeback during New Zealand tour3dESPNcricinfo staffUnbeaten streaks and unexpected triumphs - Pakistan's high points from 2009 to 20193dDanyal Rasool'We play all year but get less than others who only play T20s' - Mushfiqur2dMohammad IsamIs this the best New Zealand Test side of all time?3dSidharth MongaIndia find T20 pulse with Shivam Dube's promotion to No. 34dDeivarayan MuthuNo total big enough if you field like that - Virat Kohli5dESPNcricinfo staffPCB proposes day-night Karachi Test to Bangladesh5dUmar FarooqBCB hoping to gain clarity on Pakistan tour this week4dMohammad IsamNasir Jamshed pleads guilty to bribery at PSL fixtures4dESPNcricinfo staffMushtaq Ahmed vows to 'revive' Yasir Shah's careerYasir Shah celebrates his 200th Test wicket AFPFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerEmail8:05 AM ETUmar FarooqPakistan correspondent, ESPNcricinfo FacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprint

Mushtaq Ahmed has promised to 'revive' the career of Yasir Shah, who has been released from Pakistan's squad after being left out of the XI for the first Test against Sri Lanka.

Mushtaq, the former Pakistan legspinner, is with the PCB as a consultant, contracted to work with spinners at all levels, from age-group to national team, for 120 days over a 12-month period. Yasir will work with Mushtaq at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, and rejoin the Pakistan squad ahead of the second and final Test in Karachi, which begins on December 19.

Yasir has endured a slump in form of late, picking up four wickets at an average of 100.50 on the recent tour of Australia, while conceding close to five runs an over. In his last Test series before the Australia tour, in South Africa in 2018-19, he picked up just one wicket at an average of 123.00.

In the last Test Pakistan played before the South Africa tour, against New Zealand in December 2018, Yasir became the fastest bowler in history to 200 Test wickets, breaking the 82-year-old record of fellow legspinner Clarrie Grimmett.

Mushtaq believes all Yasir needs to get back to his best is a shot of confidence.

'He is not applying himself properly and with a legspinner you always have to be patient,' Mushtaq told ESPNcricinfo. 'He has forgotten the process he used to follow while running in to bowl each ball. He has been impatient to regain his form as quickly as possible, and trying too hard to take wickets. He is pushing himself to live up to the expectations, and it is unfair that people suddenly started to doubt him, and he isn't getting a lot of support either.

'We shouldn't doubt our best bowler, who has taken 200-plus wickets for his country. He has been winning games for us and you cannot just write him off on the basis of what he has done in Australia. Sometimes it's about form, and sometime it's about pitches that aren't really helping you, but a good bowler remains a good player. You can't judge him merely on the basis of two games. He is good as ever, but needs to be given confidence, and I am going to help him revive himself and make a strong comeback.'

Mushtaq Ahmed watches from the balcony Jon Buckle / © PA Photos

Mushtaq reckons that the bulk of his work with Yasir will be on the mental side of his bowling.

'I have good chemistry with him and he is a good listener,' Mushtaq said. 'I know three days aren't enough as far as coaching is concerned, but all I have to do is fine-tune him, and take the negative thoughts out of his mind. He probably started doubting himself, and his mindset dragged a bit.

'There are rough patches in everyone's life, but you don't leave your best cricketers behind. You have to stick with them and trust them. There are few technical aspect I am going to speak to him about, [such as] him being in a hurry all the time. He needs to calm himself down and just reassess himself. I am confident that he will be different when you see him next.'

Pakistan chose to do without a spinner in Rawalpindi, and picked four fast bowlers instead. The decision to leave Yasir out was one of many left-field selections that Pakistan have made recently under Misbah-ul-Haq, who serves as both head coach and selector. With rain making only 91.5 overs possible across the first three days of the Test, it hasn't really been possible to assess the merits of the selection.

Pakistan's quicks have recovered well after a poor first session to keep Sri Lanka to 282 for 6, but with so much time lost to rain, it may not be possible to tell if they would have missed a spinner on a wearing fourth- or fifth-day surface.

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