Pakistan pace sensation Naseem grows from cub to lion.


ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's Naseem Shah may be just a teenager but his fiery bowling has given him a top position on the bowling charts. On Monday, Naseem grabbed 5-31 in Pakistan's series-clinching win over Sri Lanka in Karachi to become the youngest fast bowler at 16 years 307 days to achieve the feat. He broke the record of another Pakistan Mohammad Amir who also made his mark with his first five wicket haul at 17 years 257 days against Australia in Melbourne 10 years ago. Naseem's feat has prompted the cricket world to take notice of the precocious ability. Belief in his talent, Naseem says, has been the key. "I had belief in my hard work and talent so when I got the chance I tried my best," said Naseem.

"I am elated that my feat on a home ground and before my own people has contributed in the win. "I know this is just the beginning and if I keep up the hard work more rewards will come my way." Naseem's landmark moment capped a threemonth fast track progress from a precocious talent to one of the leaders of Pakistan's bowling attack. He has been in the limelight for sometime but it was in October this year that national selectors decided to throw him in the deep when he took nine wickets in a domestic match. Four days later he was on the plane to Australia for the two-match Test series - a move described as 'throwing a...

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