It has been a week of emotional roller coaster for the teenage bowling sensation Naseem Shah, who made his debut and received the Test cap for Pakistan on Thursday against the Aussies at the Gabba.
The pacer deservedly earned his two-Test ticket after he delivered a fiery spell against Australia A in Perth last week, occasionally unsettling the experienced customers, grabbing plenty of spotlight during his short stay.
While the young gun let his bowling do the talking, cricket spectators were left spellbound as his performance came briefly after Naseem lost his mother back in Pakistan.
With flight logistics and customs restricting Naseem to reach home for mother's funeral in time, the 16-year-old decided to stay back and complete his cricket duties instead. He picked up 1 wicket in the eight overs and gave away 21 runs.
Fast forward to the Gabba Test and making his debut at the age of 16 years and 279 days, Naseem let go of his emotions and burst into tears as he received his Test cap from the Pakistan coach Waqar Younis.
Seeing an emotional Naseem, support soon poured in from every corner of Twitter.
Earlier, his fiery spell at Perth had created ample noise on the microblogging site.
Naseem Shah. 16 years old. Bowls rapid.— Cricket’s great moments (@PitchedInLine) November 13, 2019
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