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Wanted to dismiss Morgan: Riaz recalls his Test debut

The veteran pacer recalled that he was informed a day prior to the match that he would be making his Test debut

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Pakistan’s fast-bowler Wahab Riaz, in a video released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has revealed that he wanted to dismiss England’s prolific batsman Eoin Morgan during his Test debut in 2010. 

The veteran pacer grabbed a memorable five-wicket haul during his debut, which featured the wickets of former greats such as Jonathan Trott, Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen.

“I remember Umar Gul bhai got injured before my Test debut match. I was told a day before during the team meeting that I would be playing. Obviously I was really excited and couldn’t sleep at night. I kept thinking that I would take lots of wickets in the match,” said Riaz.

“When the match started there were plenty of nerves in my end. I started bowling a first over and got hit for a couple boundaries. The captain came to me and told me to not panic and do what I do best. After that I put in my effort and got five wickets as a reward,” he added.

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The 35-year-old stated that it was a dream come true to bag a five-wicket haul in his debut match for the Men in Green.

“It was a dream come true to take five wickets on debut and that too against England. We knew that the England side was one of the best Test sides during that period. I was trying to bowl fast. I got Strauss first. The second wicket was Trott. He went for a drive and provided a catch to slip. Pietersen was next and the outswinger did the job for me. Morgan was my next wicket. The last one fell after a while and I got Broad to a slower delivery,” he said.

Riaz claimed that he wanted to dismiss Eoin Morgan because of his reputation as a good batsman who could play a wide variety of shots.

“I was the happiest after removing Morgan because he was new and we had heard a lot about him as a player. I wanted to dismiss Morgan specifically,” he said.

Riaz is part of the Pakistan squad that is gearing up to take on England at their home. Emirates Old Trafford will host the first Test of the series starting on Wednesday August 5. The final two Tests will be played at the Ageas Bowl from Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 21.

The three T20Is will take place at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday, August 28, Sunday, August 30 and the final match of the tour on Tuesday, September 1.