Mohammad Abbas rocked Australia's batting order once again on day four of the Abu Dhabi Test with his nagging line and length, en route to becoming the first pace bowler to pick up 15 wickets in a Test series in the UAE.
Australia, who have had their share of troubles against spin in Asia, did all they could to prepare for that challenge this time. What could go wrong, after all?
Mohammad Abbas, that's what.
Now, there is one fortune-teller you have every reason to believe.
I see a new number 1 Test bowler coming... Mohammad Abbas— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) October 19, 2018
Having watched Mahammad Abbas now for over a year ... I have decided he would get me out every time within about 6 balls ... The type of bowler i would poop my pants about ... Thought I would let you all know ... #PAKvAUS— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 17, 2018
Faced him last month with storm Ali up his backside....lasted 1 ball first innings and somehow survived the huge LBW shout 1st ball in the 2nd innings!! Had me on toast #unplayable https://t.co/R2ZgipHxrb— Paul Collingwood (@Colly622) October 17, 2018
If only bowling were that simple, eh?
Challenge the stumps.... https://t.co/AV8LRc1g7v— Jason Gillespie (@dizzy259) October 19, 2018
When I grow up I want to bowl like Mohammad Abbas #PAKvAUS— Rene Farrell (@Fezzy88Rene) October 19, 2018
Pakistan have as always unearthed a special fast bowler. Mohammad Abbas looks an unbelievably talented bowler.— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 19, 2018
Leicestershire's coach couldn't wait to have a world-class bowler back to lead his attack for the 2019 season.
The comparisons have been coming for a while, and the numbers are now starting to make a case. Who knows how far this could go?