Sarfraz guided me, I tried and succeeded: Wahab Riaz

DUBAI: Pakistan’s left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz stated that the Test captain Sarfraz Ahmed gave him confidence in the second innings against Sri Lanka due to which he could bowl better than the first innings.

Wahab Riaz revealed the instructions of captain Sarfraz Ahmed before bowling in the second innings against the Sri Lankans, he said that the captain Sarfraz Ahmed told him to bowl fiercely, “so I tried and succeeded.”

“Yes! I need wickets so you have to do bombardment on the Sri Lankans,” Wahab Riaz quoted the skipper’s instructions before handing over a bowl to the paceman.

Wahab Riaz, who had taken three wickets on the third day of the Dubai Test, finished with 4-41 on the fourth day.

Replying to a question about his five times in a row unsuccessful run-up during the first innings, he laughingly said that people are making it a joke.

“Actually, I was making sure I don’t ‘No-ball’ so I had to abort my run up each time,” Wahab Riaz stated.

In the end of the fourth day, Wahab Riaz expressed hope that the classy batsman Asad Shafiq and skipper Sarfraz would guide Pakistan to a win in this Test and help level the series.