Ex-fast bowler Zahid says Pak quicks need to show 'aggression' against Proteas
Former pace man Mohammad Zahid has advised Pakistan fast bowlers to be aggressive against the batsmen of world's best Test team South Africa in their upcoming tour.
"I always have faith in Pakistani bowlers, over the years they have more often than not delivered and without wanting to sound biased they have won more matches for the Pakistan team than the batsmen have," Zahid wrote in his column for Pakpassion.com.
"What I want to see from Junaid (Khan), Umar (Gul) and Mohammad Irfan is aggression. The South African pace bowlers will be in the faces of the Pakistani batsmen and I want our trio of pace bowlers to do the same to the South Africans," he added.
"Your body language as a bowler is very important and that is partly why Pakistan's bowlers performed so well against India recently, they never let the Indian batsmen settle, they were up and at them all of the time and let the Indian batsmen know that they were going to face a tough challenge every time they walked out to the middle," he further wrote.
Zahid added: "The Pakistani bowlers do not need to say too much to the South African batsmen, the occasional glare in your follow through just gives a batsman a hint that you are there and not there just to make up the numbers.
"Pakistan has always had aggressive bowlers and that is a trend that the current crop of quick bowlers needs to continue," he wrote.
"Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar were all aggressive and I really want to see Irfan, Junaid and Gul get in the faces of the South African batsmen in the Test series," he added.
"The aggression has to be controlled though, it's all in the eyes, sometimes a look is enough and if channeled properly that aggression can lift the whole of the team," he concluded.