Karachi: The master Sri Lankan spinner, Rangana Herath has a huge admirer in Pakistan who wants to bowl as close to the great Sri Lankan southpaw as possible.
The 19-year-old left-arm spinner Umer Khan has caught everyone’s attention after dismissing “Mr. 360”, AB de Villiers in the recently concluded fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
After dismissing the South African maestro, Umer’s impressive run continued as the lad kept on talking important wickets of fearsome and established master blasters, in the mega event.
The cricket pundits foresee a bright future ahead of him however the slim left armer sets his eyes on his idol, Rangana Herath.
“My favourite bowler is Rangana Herath. I watch his videos and try to learn from him as much as possible. The way Rangana sets up batsmen is what fascinates me the most”, Umer Khan told this correspondent.
Umer Khan was first identified at an academy camp in Peshawar, at the age of around 16, by former Pakistan first class cricketer and a formidable coach, Umer Rashid.
Nadeem Khan, a former Pakistan Test left-arm spinner, drafted Umer Khan into his departmental team of United Bank Limited (UBL). Umer played List-A & T20s for UBL and later featured in first-class cricket with another department, Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) where he said his coaches – former Pakistan cricketers Kabir Khan & Atiq uz Zaman – tuned him further.
It was former Pakistan captain, Rashid Latif who included the youngster to Karachi Kings, a franchise in the Pakistan Super League.
Umer Khan’s admiration for Sri Lankan cricketers doesn’t end here. He has a batting hero as well and that too is from Sri Lanka. The teenager likes the great Kumar Sangakkara.
“I admire Kumar Sangakkara a lot. The way Sangakkara used to take his time on the pitch, to build an innings, was amazing”, Umer Khan said“I personally like his cover drives”, Umer Khan concluded