Abdul Qadir was a magic man: Saqlain Mushtaq
ISLAMABAD: Former off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq believes late legendary spin-wizard Abdul Qadir’s was a magic man saying his googly was unplayable.
“He was my inspiration. I watched him. The thing which made him a magic man was his style of bowling, his run-up and his expressions,” Saqlain said in a video on his YouTube channel.
Saqlain said Qadir’s googly was unplayable. “His googly was very dangerous and his way of bowling was unique,” he said.
Qadir had bagged 236 wickets in Tests while 132 in ODIs. He also captained Pakistan in five Test matches during 1987–88 and 1988–89.
Next in Saqlain’s list of spinners was Australian Shane Warne. Saqlain said the thing he liked about him was his body language. “The way he used to stand and look at the batsman while waving the ball in the air looked like as if he was trapping the batsmen,” he said and added Warne was very consistent and full of power.
Warne was the third highest five-wicket haul taker in the international arena after Muttiah Muralitharan and Richard Hadlee. He has taken 37 Test fifers and single ODI fifer, along with 10 Test ten-wicket hauls.
Saqlain said Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan was a spinner who could spin the bowl on any kind of pitch. “His face expression and he used to enjoy bowling. He was very consistent and had a consistent turn in his bowling,” he said.
Muralitharan has the most Test wickets (800) and ODI wickets (534 wickets). He also has the highest number of international wickets in Tests, ODIs and T20s combined (1347 wickets). - APP