This is hardly been heard before that a bowler gets a man of the match award for a single spell but then there is Wahab Riaz for you. The Pakistani fast bowler was given the award today after Pakistan wrapped up a close win in the second test match against England in Dubai.
Wahab’s spell of 9 overs in the first innings on day three did wonders for Pakistan. Wahab bowled 5 maidens in that spell. He grabbed three crucial wickets giving away 15 runs.
He hunted down the names of Root, Stokes and destroyed the English middle order single handedly. Pakistan spinners capitalized the situation and cleaned up England with a deficit of 138 runs. This lead proved out to be a vital part in Pakistan’s win today.
Wahab’s spell had everything. It had pace, hostility, wrath, pressure and suffocation to play free shots. Root who was well settled found himself in the middle of nowhere facing Wahab. He clearly mentioned alter that they didn’t play the fast bowler well at all.
Wahab in the presentation part was asked by Ramiz about this sudden change in his attitude and performance and the bowler mentioned that his spell against Australia did wonders for him. The spell showed him what exactly he was.
He thanked his team mates, coaching staff and management who always had faith in him. He associated his improvements to all of them. Wahab was excited about the way his team is gelled in and working all together and called this win and important milestone towards making a history.