No derogation, “Cross” celebration about personal goal: Wahab Riaz

February 19, 2019 | By

KARACHI: The Test fast bowler, Wahab Riaz has clarified that he never intended to demean any batsman but the style of celebrating a wicket is for a personal goal in sight.

Talking to this correspondent, the Zalmi speedster said the imaginary cross he makes, after dismissing a batsman, is a sign of one step further towards the personal tally of wickets he had in mind by the end of the ongoing Pakistan Super League campaign.

“The gesture means one more batsman becomes history and I am a step closer to my ultimate target of acquiring a certain number of wickets in the PSL. No intentions at all to demean anyone”, Wahab Riaz said.

“While waiting anxiously for a certain day we often cross a date on the calendar daily. My celebration is just like that”, Wahab Riaz added.

The fast bowler has had five wickets to his credit in two games so far in this edition of the PSL. He is the leading wicket taker in the history of the PSL with more 50 scalps under his belt.

“It’s a private league in which celebrations should be carried out to add the entertainment factor. Conditions normally are batsmen friendly therefore fast bowlers passionately express themselves after dislodging a batsman and why not”, Wahab Riaz opined.

On a question, the left-arm paceman refused to share the final wicket tally he had in mind for the PSL4.

“I obviously want to become the best bowler of the event”, Wahab Riaz concluded.

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