Shane Warne believes Adil Rashid has got the potential to win games for England with his leggies, but, only if the team management does not run out of patience with him.
Rashid has started his test career on England’s ongoing
tour of Emirates and has been proving to be very expensive in front of the Pakistani batsmen who are pretty efficient when it comes to handling the spinners.
But, according to Warne, Rashid is only in the early stages of his test career. He will get better with more games.
Speaking on the sidelines of England’s practice session ahead of the third game of the series which Pakistan is currently leading 1-0, the 46-year old who is arguably considered the best spinner of all time said, “Leg spin is not an easy art. You excel at it only with experience. I believe he is a good talent, Rashid. He’s got the resources that you ideally need to be a successful leggie, but, we will see him putting his best on the ground only if he is persisted with.”
“Leg spinners will always dish out some hit-me deliveries, but, they are wicket takers and can win you games. These are early days for Rashid and he can be groomed into a really good test Cricketer for England. I had a little conversation with him a while ago and I told him that he shouldn’t be worried if he is taken for a few boundaries in some of his spells. It happens. He just has to make sure he gets more consistent and works batsmen out.”
Rashid will be a big player for England going into the Sharjah game. Although the Sharjah pitch happens to be flat initially but, it starts turning considerably from the 4th day onwards.