Naseem Shah is a Pakistani right-arm fast bowler. At the age of 16, Shah made his debut and took the world by storm with his fierce pace. He is another product of Pakistan’s famous tape ball and so far has represented Pakistan in 11 Tests. Shah is seen as Pakistan’s heir to new-age fast bowling and his reverse swing ability with the red ball is reminiscent of the evergreen Sohaib Akhtar.
Shah is currently 19 years old and a regular member of Pakistan’s Test team. Additionally, he has been successful with Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League over the last few seasons but has yet to make his mark in the white-ball format.
|Full Name||Naseem Abbas Shah|
|Date of Birth||15 February 2003|
|Birth Place||Lower Dir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan|
|Batting Style||Righ-handed batsman|
|Bowling Style||Right Arm Fast|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Naseem Shah (approx)||170 cm 1.7 m 5’7″ inch|
|Teams||Pakistan, Central Punjab team logo, Pakistan Under-16s, Pakistan Under-19s, Quetta Gladiators, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited|
|Naseem Shah’s cricket debut||T20 Debut- On October 13, 2019 against Sindh List-A Debut- On October 16, 2018 against Pakistan TV FC Debut- On September 1, 2018 against Lahore B Test Debut- On 21 November 2019 against Australia|
|Career Turning Point||2018 Domestic Season|
|Records||Youngest Fast Bowler to make internation debut Youngest bowler to take fifer in Test match Youngest bowler to take a hattrick in Test match|
|Educational Qualification||Primary School|
|Family||Father– Not Known Mother– Not Known|
|Favorite Cricketers||Shane Bond, Wasim Akram|
Naseem Shah Biography- Naseem Shah hails from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan and was born on 15th February 2003. As most Pakistani kids do, he started with a tape ball in his neighbourhood. He had a natural pace in his bowling, which his elder brother spotted and encouraged him to pursue a professional career. It was his elder brother who overrode their father’s wishes to pursue cricket as a profession, even though their father opposed the idea.
Naseem Shah’s coach
His brother and Naseem Shah moved to Lahore when Naseem was 12 years old, seeking better opportunities. Upon joining Abdul Qadir Cricket Academy, Shah left everyone amazed with his bowling speed.
He was fast-tracked into Under-16 group cricket and went to Australia for an exposure tour where big scouts noticed him. In 2019, Naseem Shah was scheduled to make his PSL debut, but an injury prevented him from doing so.
Naseem Shah’s Under-19 cricket
With his fiery bowling, Naseem Shah made waves in Pakistan’s domestic circuit in 2018. Through his play for Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited in the domestic circuit, he was called up to Pakistan’s Under-19 squad and featured in the Asia Cup tournament.
Naseem Shah, however, only played some exposure tours with the Under-19 team before being called up for Pakistan’s Test team in 2019. The 16-year-old was then left out of Pakistan’s under-19 World Cup squad for 2020 in order to manage his workload.
Naseem Shah International Cricket Debut & Career
The media hailed Naseem Shah as Pakistan’s next lethal weapon from its fast bowling arsenal as he arrived on the international scene. At the age of 16, he was already bowling at 150 KMPH, which is not common in world cricket. Pakistan’s Tour match in 2019 against Australia A team gave the world their first glimpse of Shah, whose pace caused problems for big guns like Usman Khwaja, Marcus Harris, and Joe Burns.
In the first match of the test series, Naseem Shah made his much-anticipated debut. Shah was only able to pick up one wicket in that match, that of David Warner, the centurion of the match. It was his express pace that impressed everyone and his skiddish nature that made Australia’s batters struggle.
Pakistan lost that match by innings and 5 runs but it was the arrival of Naseem Shah on the international stage. As of today, Naseem Shah has played 11 tests for the Pakistani team and is an established member of the side. It has been his reverse swing ability that has impressed everyone, especially under subcontinental conditions.
The Prodigy Naseem Shah
Naseem Shah is still 19-year-old but it seems he has been playing for Pakistan for years. A lot of hype was generated about his pace when he was 16 years old, but he has developed new skills in his game since then. At first, he looked like another Pakistan prodigy who has raw pace but doesn’t have any control over line and length.
It has been a fast-paced journey for the Pakistani fast maniac who has played 11 test matches for his country. In such a short period of time, he has set big records such as being the youngest player to take a fifer in a test and to claim a hat-trick. The thing that makes him a big prospect for Pakistan, however, is his game presence.
Though Shah has only played red-ball cricket for Pakistan so far, he has not limited himself to the longer format. After debuting for Quetta Gladiators in the 2020 PSL season, Shah has also shown great improvement in the T20 format. Besides possessing a deadly yorker, he has added new traits to his game.
Naseem Shah’s career has been severely affected by injuries so far. As he is only 19 years old, his underdeveloped back area is placed under extreme stress due to his slinging action.
Back problems are common among the best of the game, and PCB so far has been very conscious of managing his workload. In addition, he has been working with specialists on reforming his action so that he remains injury-free during his free time.
While Shah isn’t a finished product yet, he has shown brilliant skills with a frightening future ahead of him. He has played 11 Tests for Pakistan so far where he has taken 26 wickets at an average of 39.19
Naseem Shah Awards and Achievements
Naseem is only 19 years old, but he has already made a big impression on world cricket. He has already broken many records, and he could be on his way to breaking more if he keeps up his work ethic.
- Naseem Shah holds the record for being the youngest fast bowler to make a Test debut
- He is also the youngest player to take a five-wicket haul in a Test match
- Naseem Shah grabbed another world record in 2020 against Bangladesh when he became the youngest player to take an International hat-trick.
Naseem Shah Unknown Facts
- Naseem Shah’s father initially opposed his plans to play cricket professionally
- Naseem Shah was initially set to make his PSL Debut in the 2019 season but injury ruled him out
- He was part of Pakistan’s team in the 2020 Under-19 World Cup but was called back to due to workload management
- He went to Australia for the under-16 tournament
- His mother died just before the day of his international debut in 2019
- Naseem Shah plays for St. Kitts Nevis in Caribbean Premier League
- He likes tik tok and is very active on the platform
- Naeem Shah is yet to make his White ball debut but has been part of Pakistan’s squad on England tour and New Zealand’s tour in 2020