Connect with us

Entertainment

Shadab Khan: Pakistan’s match-winner who brings ‘fire and life’

Published

on

MELBOURNE: No matter what happens when Pakistan face England in Sunday’s final at the MCG, Shadab Khan has had a Twenty20 World Cup to remember.

Starring with both bat and ball, the 24-year-old all-rounder helped energise Pakistan’s flagging campaign when all seemed lost.

After last-ball defeats to India and Zimbabwe, Shadab pulled them back from the brink with three wickets against the Netherlands for their first win.

He then turned up with a fiery 22-ball 52 and bowling figures of 2-16 during his man-of-the-match performance against South Africa.

The Proteas’ subsequent shock defeat to the Netherlands helped Pakistan gatecrash the semi-finals.

Shadab has been shortlisted for player of the tournament and could well win it if Pakistan do business against England in the decider at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

When team-mates and coaches talk about Shadab they all refer to one thing.

“He brings invaluable energy to the team,” captain Babar Azam said.

Shadab’s commitment and relentless energy, whether it be in training or matches, galvanised Pakistan’s drooping World Cup.

Fire and instinct

Like many Pakistani cricketers, Shadab’s beginnings were humble.

He grew up playing cricket on the rough pitches of Mianwali district, a farming community near the banks of the Indus River in Punjab province.

It also happens to be home to former prime minister and cricket legend Imran Khan and former captain Misbah-ul-Haq.

People who know him well said Shadab has always been relentless in his dedication.

“Shadab’s commitment to cricket is unparalleled,” said his club coach Sajjad Ahmed.

“He used to sleep around 9:00pm and reach the ground before sunrise.

“That’s been his routine for years so that he can practise as much as possible.”

It was Ahmed who suggested Shadab should become an all-rounder and not just focus on batting.

Graduating from club cricket to district level and to Pakistan “A”, Shadab featured in a 2016 junior World Cup in Bangladesh and finished joint top wicket-taker for his team with 11.

The year after, Pakistan Super League franchise Islamabad United picked him as an emerging player.

“We were picking players in the draft for PSL 2017 and every other team was passing him on so I asked Misbah about him,” recalls Hassan Cheema, strategy manager of United.

“Misbah said that Shadab has that fire and instinct that he had not seen in a player for years.

“Six years later you can see his competitive fire and life he brings in the team is invaluable,” Cheema told AFP.

From boy to man 

But to talk only about his energy and commitment risks downplaying Shadab’s talent.

As a leg-spinner variations are Shadab’s assets and he has had success extracting bounce from the hard Australian pitches at the World Cup.

When he bats and fields his style is aggressive — his triple ability gives Pakistan flexibility in team selections.

It was then-Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur who brought him into the side in 2017.

“When we got Shadab into the team he was incredibly exciting as a cricketer,” Arthur told AFP from Britain.

“He was athletic and was a three-in-one cricketer.”

Since then Shadab has added maturity and confidence to his armoury.

“He is a match-winner for Pakistan. The difference I have seen is that he has come from a boy to a man,” said Arthur.

Leaps and bounds

Shadab had a dream international debut when he was named man of the match in Pakistan’s T20 win over the West Indies in Bridgetown in 2017.

That same year one of Shadab’s finest moments came at the Champions Trophy in a showdown against arch-rivals India, where he trapped Yuvraj Singh in front of the wicket.

English umpire Richard Kettleborough was unmoved but Shadab convinced skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed to review — and was proved correct, making Shadab a hero of Pakistan’s win.

“It was very close to the bat but Shadab was confident that it had hit the pad first,” Sarfaraz told AFP.

“It is his confidence in the ground that helps and motivates the team and that is why he is improving by leaps and bounds.”

Entertainment

Is Sajal Aly returning to Bollywood alongside Prabhas?

Published

on

By

Indian entertainment sources have revealed that Sajal Aly is all ready to make her Bollywood comeback with the historical drama “Fauji.” She may appear on film alongside Prabhas, who stars in “Baahubali,” according to reports.

The information states that “Fauji” would be directed by “Sita Ramam” filmmaker Hanu Raghavapudi, who earlier disclosed that the film is a period action drama with a historical fiction setting. It is said that the “unique love story” is set against the “backdrop of war, taking place before India’s independence.”

Prabhas plays a British soldier in the film, which is supposed to also star Indian actor Mrunal Thakur. The “Sinf-e-Aahan” star was contacted by the filmmakers, who wanted to cast a pan-Asian female actor as the second heroine.

The project has the financial support of Mythri Movie Makers, and massive sets are being built in Hyderabad. September of this year is anticipated to see the release of the title.

A formal announcement about the casting specifics is anticipated in the interim.

It is noteworthy that Sajal Aly’s final Bollywood role was in the crime thriller “Mom” from Zee Studios, which costarred Sridevi, Adnan Siddiqui, Nawazudding Siddiqui, and Akshaye Khanna. Prior to the 2016 Uri attack, the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) and the Film Producers Guild of India forbade Pakistani artists from performing in their nation. This strained relations between the two nations.Indian entertainment sources have revealed that Sajal Aly is all ready to make her Bollywood comeback with the historical drama “Fauji.” She may appear on film alongside Prabhas, who stars in “Baahubali,” according to reports.

The information states that “Fauji” would be directed by “Sita Ramam” filmmaker Hanu Raghavapudi, who earlier disclosed that the film is a period action drama with a historical fiction setting. It is said that the “unique love story” is set against the “backdrop of war, taking place before India’s independence.”

Prabhas plays a British soldier in the film, which is supposed to also star Indian actor Mrunal Thakur. The “Sinf-e-Aahan” star was contacted by the filmmakers, who wanted to cast a pan-Asian female actor as the second heroine.

The project has the financial support of Mythri Movie Makers, and massive sets are being built in Hyderabad. September of this year is anticipated to see the release of the title.

A formal announcement about the casting specifics is anticipated in the interim.

ThisIt is noteworthy that Sajal Aly’s final Bollywood role was in the crime thriller “Mom” from Zed Studios, which costarred Sridevi, Adnan Siddiqui, Nawazudding Siddiqui, and Akshaye Khanna. Prior to the 2016 Uri attack, the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) and the Film Producers Guild of India forbade Pakistani artists from performing in their nation. This strained relations between the two nations.

Continue Reading

Entertainment

Lahore dramatist Khalilur Rehman was abducted and robbed.

Published

on

By

Drama writer Amna Urooj claimed to be a great admirer and expressed interest in developing a drama in a letter to him, according to the drama writer’s lawsuit.

I was made to sit in a room when I got to the address the woman gave me. My cell phone, cash, ATM card, and other items were taken away by unidentified armed individuals who broke into my room after a while, according to Khalil ur Rehman Qamar’s police report.

As to his police report, he was blindfolded and brought to an unidentified place where the suspects asked for an extra Rs 1 million to free him. If they didn’t get their demand, they threw him at the unidentified place and got away.

Based on Qamar’s complaint, the police have opened a case including robbery and kidnapping.

The CIA police have been given charge of the inquiry, and the authorities have said that they are actively looking for the suspects and are optimistic that they will find them quickly.

Continue Reading

Entertainment

Fawad Khan speaks up about his return to Bollywood

Published

on

By

Fawad Khan discussed rumors that he would be starring opposite Vaani Kapoor in a romantic comedy in his upcoming interview with an Indian media portal, which is set to premiere tomorrow, July 20.

He said to the interviewer, “Baatein ho rahi hoti hain,” without clarifying or disputing the rumor. Once more, if a concrete block is made, it will always be shared by all. Talks have taken place. Kis tarah main chhupa sakta hoon. Once more, as soon as something solid emerges, I will undoubtedly let you know. “How can I conceal it?”

In case you missed it, earlier this month, an Indian entertainment magazine exclusively revealed that Fawad Khan is returning to Bollywood after an eight-year hiatus. He will star alongside Vaani Kapoor in an untitled romantic comedy film that will be shot entirely in the UK.

Additionally, the report hinted that the film, which is helmed by Aarti Bagdi, will tell the tale of two shattered individuals who, through a series of fortunate events, bond, support, and eventually fall in love.

It is noteworthy that Fawad Khan’s final Bollywood role was in the 2016 film “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” before the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) and the Film Producers Guild of India forbade Pakistani artists from performing in their nation following the 2016 Uri attack, which worsened relations between the two nations.

Continue Reading

Trending