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We’ll come back stronger next year: Adil

Wolves’ upcoming pacer says he and the team are richer with CLT20 experience

Ehsan Adil is the latest product of Pakistan’s prolific fast-bowling factory. A lanky right-arm pacer, Adil played his first Test while still a teenager – in February 2013, against South Africa in Centurion – after playing only 12 first-class matches.

A dream first-class debut season – he picked 54 wickets at 18 – followed a successful Super Eight T20 Cup in which he bowled Faisalabad Wolves to the title with tournament-highest 12 wickets at 12.6 in five matches. It also earned them a chance to have a taste of the Champions League T20, in the Qualifiers.

Although the Wolves could not make it to the Group Stage after losing their first two matches, Adil delivered them their final hurrah with figures of 3/26 in four overs against the Kandurata Maroons. After his team’s 10-run win in their final CLT20 2013 match, the young pacer said that he was rich for the experience.

“Although very short, this was a very big experience for me as an upcoming cricketer,” he told clt20.com. “I did well at the domestic level in Pakistan and everyone had lots of hopes pinned on me. Unfortunately, I could only deliver in our last match. But it was very important for us to win at least one match before going home and I am glad I could play my part in achieving that,” he said.

A major reason for the Wolves’ subpar showing in the Qualifying stage was the lack of runs from the blades of their batsmen, barring Misbah-ul-Haq. While the skipper scored 195 runs in three matches, the rest of the team could manage only 180. Adil said that inexperience in the batting lineup hurt the team.

“We had only one international batsman in Misbah Bhai. All our other batsmen were young and inexperienced. They tried their best, but in a tournament like this experience plays an important part,” he said, adding that the team also took time to come to terms with the pace and magnitude of the tournament.

“This was our first time in such a tournament and we couldn’t understand what to do in the first couple of matches. But as a team, this was a very enriching experience and hopefully, we will come back next year as Pakistan’s T20 champions.”

For the youngster, personally, it was a learning curve he is grateful for. “For me, although I have some international cricket experience, in this tournament I got a better idea of how to bowl to the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Brendon McCullum under pressure.

“This was my first time to India and the whole atmosphere was just like that in Pakistan. The wicket here in Mohali was pace-friendly and the crowd was also good,” he said.

The 20-year-old thanked and credited his Pakistan and Wolves captain, Misbah, for helping him become a better bowler with each match.
“One thing that Misbah Bhai keeps telling me, in nets and in the match, is to be disciplined with my line and length. I have played all my international cricket so far – two ODIs and a Test – under him and 50 percent of whatever success I’ve had is because of him. He gives his players so much confidence that even ordinary bowlers will step up and deliver.”

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