The former Pakistan skipper Waqar Younis has said that England’s new pace sensation Jofra Archer would be licking his lips after seeing Pakistan batsman struggle badly against bouncers bowled by West Indian bowlers.
Pakistan were bundled out for 105 at Trent Bridge on Friday as West Indies wrapped up a seven-wicket victory in under 14 overs in their World Cup opener. The large part of making that happen goes to short pitched deliveries bowled by West Indies bowlers to Pakistan batsman.
Barbados-born Archer represented West Indies at youth level and was named in England’s 15-man squad despite only having made his one-day international debut last month.
He picked up three key South African wickets in England’s comprehensive 104-run win on Thursday, bowling with lot of pace and bounce in London.
“… you can be sure that a certain Jofra Archer will be licking his lips,” said Younis, himself a tearaway fast bowler in his playing days.
“I have loved what I have seen of him so far. He is going to be the man that the world will remember when all is said and done at this World Cup.
“He has just got something about him, a bit of stardust. He is nippy and bowls with that extra bounce and most importantly, he takes wickets. I am sure he will leave a mark on this World Cup and probably on Pakistan on Monday.”
Younis, however, feels it would be foolish to write off Pakistan given the format of the tournament during which all 10 sides face each other before the semi-finalists are decided.
“A lot has been said before about Pakistan’s record in the past, the unpredictable nature of this side. They lost heavily in their first game in 1992 and bounced back to win that tournament after all,” Younis said.
“But we cannot really dwell on what happened 27 years ago. Winning the 2019 tournament is going to take some doing this time around.
“A defeat like that damages the confidence and we need to make sure that we take our time to try and bounce back, think positive and turn the ship around.”