ISLAMABAD: Former leggie Abdul Qadir while praising heartthrob all-rounder Shahid Afridi for pulling off a stunning victory against India in the Asia Cup at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium said when batting, Afridi is a danger for other teams as none else could hit the bowl his way.
Pakistan, chasing India’s 245-8, needed nine runs off the last four balls when Afridi smashed two consecutive sixes in the final over bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin and took the green-shirts to victory by one wicket on Sunday.
Talking to APP, Qadir who appeared in 67 Test and 104 ODIs between 1977 and 1993, said Afridi played a key role in Pakistan’s win and no one else could have finished better. “Afridi is outstanding in all three formats batting, bowling and fielding and he is a threat to all the other teams,” he said.
Qadir, who have also been the chief selector, said he has no doubt for Pakistan winning the Asia Cup. “Both players Afridi and Abdul Razzaq are match winners and they have a lot of cricket left in them,” he said adding they should be provided plentiful of chances.
Talking about the new comer Muhammad Talha, Qadir, who mastered the googlies, the flippers, the leg-breaks and the topspins, said Talha is a starter now and he should focus on his fitness and rhythm.
Qadir, who is widely regarded as a top spin bowler of his generation, said wining against India would give the players more confidence which would help them in the after matches. “Playing with five bowlers against India was a good decision which helped in restricting India to score a low total,” he said.
Former Test Cricketer Wajahatullah Wasti, who has played six Test matches between February 1999 and May 2000, said the triumph against India is a result of team work. “Restricting India to a low total of 245 runs is a result of our excellent bowling,” he said.
He said our top order batsmen (Sharjeel Khan and Ahmed Shehzad) scored well in the start while the middle order (Muhammad Hafeez and Sohaib Maqsood) hold the team when was needed.
Wajahatullah Wasti said Afridi hitting sixes in the last over reminded him of former great Javed Miandad who also hit a six on the last ball at Sharjah in the Final of the Austral-Asia cup making Pakistan win over India.