Pakistan’s fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi made a huge statement about Pakistan’s defeat last year in the finals of the T20 World Cup. He believes that if he hadn’t gotten a knee injury, due to which he wasn’t able to complete his quota of overs in the final last year, Pakistan could have won the title. In the match against England, Pakistan gave them a target of 138 runs for the chase. The Pakistani batters failed to perform well, and they even lost eight wickets while scoring runs.
Shaheen got an injury in the 13th over
During England’s chase, Afridi picked up a knee injury in the 13th over while taking a catch of Harry Brook at the long-off. Initially, he was limping but returned soon to bowl in the 16th over. At that point, England needed 41 runs off 30 balls to win. While delivering the first ball, it became clear that Shaheen could not continue the over. In his spell of 2.1 overs, he picked up the wicket of England’s opener Alex Hales and gave only 13 runs. England chased the target with six balls remaining and five wickets in hand.
Shaheen talks about the match
In an interview with ESPN, Shaheen said, ” Obviously, it’s every cricketer’s dream to win a world cup for their country. In the T20 World Cup, if I hadn’t gotten injured at a crucial moment of the game, maybe we would have won the title. Maybe if I stayed fit and bowled my remaining overs. Injuries can happen at any time. When asked how much he still thinks about the game, he replied, “If I think too much about it, then I won’t be able to move on.
Afridi’s great start in cricket
Shaheen Afridi, 23, was first included in Pakistan’s Under-19 cricket team for the Under-19 Asia Cup in December 2016. In the opening match against Singapore, he took three wickets while giving 27 runs. Next year, he signed a two-year contract with Bangladesh Premier League franchise Dhaka Dynamites. The same year, he also made a debut in the Quid-e-Azam Trophy for Khan Research Laboratories and took 8 wickets for 39 runs, which is the best figure by a Pakistani bowler in a first-class debut. In December 2017, he was selected for the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup and was the leading wicket-taker for the team in that tournament with 12 wickets. He made his ODI debut for Pakistan on September 21, 2018 against Afghanistan, and has been showing great performance for the team since then.
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