‘We tell Afridi, give yourself 20-25 balls’

‘We tell Afridi, give yourself 20-25 balls’


Shahid Afridi clubbed 7 sixes, Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, Mar 4, 2014

Having won Pakistan their prior compare opposite India, Shahid Afridi walked in with Pakistan in an even some-more formidable conditions opposite Bangladesh. With 52 balls remaining, Pakistan indispensable 102 runs to win. He proceeded to poke 59 off 25 balls, promulgation 7 sixes mountainous over a ropes. In between those large hits off a spinners, he kept his conduct about him, and was prepared to take singles and wait for a lax balls opposite a join bowlers.

“I consider that’s a summary given to Shahid Afridi, that during slightest he should give himself 20-25 balls,” Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan’s captain, pronounced after his team’s three-wicket win. “Just make certain that we play 25-30 balls. We know that when he plays 20-25 balls, he can measure 50. we consider that’s what he’s doing, and I’m unequivocally happy with a approach he’s playing.”

Afridi’s tranquil charge was in some ways suggestive of how he had batted on a highway to Pakistan winning a 2009 World T20 pretension in England. With another book of that contest small days away, Misbah pronounced Afridi’s form boded good for Pakistan’s prospects.

“I consider that’s a biggest and for us, a approach Shahid Afridi is playing, not usually in this [Asia Cup] final, though also T20 World Cup is coming, so he’s a categorical player, and a kind of form he is in, a kind of confidence, it’s good for a Pakistan team.”

Misbah pronounced Pakistan could demeanour to use him in a stretchable purpose during a World T20. “He is always used in T20 whenever such a conditions comes, he is promoted, and depending on a start his series changes,” Misbah said. “I think, a kind of form he is in, Pakistan can use him anywhere in a order.”

Pakistan’s follow wasn’t all about Afridi, of course. Ahmed Shehzad’s century and his opening mount of 97 with Mohammad Hafeez laid a plain height before Fawad Alam, returning to a ODI side after three-and-a-half years, guided a group by a shutting stages in a association of Afridi and Umar Akmal. While many of a questions during a press discussion were about Afridi’s whirwind innings, Misbah kept sketch courtesy to a other batsmen’s contributions.

“I consider so,” he said, when asked if Afridi’s innings was one of a best he had seen. “Not usually Shahid Afridi, though also a approach Fawad Alam and Ahmed Shehzad played. After his 50, a approach he picked adult a run rate, it was roughly 10 an over and he brought it down to 8, and afterwards good upheld by Fawad Alam, and a start of Hafeez was also crucial, and Shahid Afridi. we consider all of them we consider played much-needed knocks, and in a finish Umar Akmal finished it well. In a finish it was a good multiple of all these batsmen who unequivocally won us a game.”

With their successful follow of a 327-run target, Pakistan had shrugged a quite clingy gorilla off their backs. They had unsuccessful in their final 12 pursuits of 250-plus targets, a many new instance entrance in their opening compare of a Asia Cup opposite Sri Lanka, where they mislaid wickets in a store to let go of a widespread position.

Asked what a group speak had been like following that defeat, Misbah pronounced a group management, quite their arch cricket consultant Zaheer Abbas, had stressed on a need for a batsmen to stay during a double compartment a end.

“I consider a summary was really clear, even by a good Zaheer Abbas, that a kind of ability we have in a sauce room, generally a batsmen, if a batsmen play 50 overs, we can only follow any target,” Misbah said. “That was a summary even currently when we started chasing, that we need to play 50 overs. The batsmen need to play 50 overs, so that was a charge given by a government and me also, and we did it and it valid right during a finish and we chased a target.”

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