ISLAMABAD: Former pacer, Shoaib Akthar Monday praised all-rounder Shahid Afridi for a very sensible knock against India in the Asia Cup saying the stage was set for Afridi and he exploded.
Shoaib said this match should have been won in the 40th over but our players made it a difficult one. “Afridi is a match winner and he should play with same courage in the remaining matches as well,” he said while talking to a private news channel.
Shoaib said that Pakistan won the match due to their bowling. “It was a great effort by our bowlers to restrict India to 245. India missed captain MS Dhoni in Sunday’s match,” he said adding Dhoni, after Sourav Ganguly, is India’s best captain.
He said Virat Kohli is an immature captain. “He made a lot of wrong decisions during the match. Virat should have kept a few Shami overs in the end,” he said adding if Dhoni had been playing, India would have won the match.
Former Test Cricketer Muhammad Yousaf said the Shahid Afridi’s innings
played against India in the Asia Cup was his best ones and the good part of his innings was that he took singles as well.
Yousaf said he knew that Pakistan would win when Afridi came to bat. “I knew Afridi could win the match in just two balls,” he said.
He said Afridi has learnt from his mistakes. “Indian bowlers don’t have the capability to trouble our batsman,” he said.