Former Pakistani cricket captain and star all-rounder Shahid Khan Afridi is not satisfied with the performance of fast bowler Shaheen Afridi, which he demonstrated in the semi-final of the T20 Men’s World Cup against Australia.
Australia had defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets on Thursday to qualify for the T20 World Cup final, where they will face neighboring New Zealand.
In his statement, Afridi said that if Hassan Ali missed Matthew Wade’s catch, the situation still didn’t let Shaheen Afridi lose hope.
“Missing a catch didn’t mean [Shaheen] could make the batter hit three sixes from three balls,” said Afridi.
Australia needed 20 runs to win the semi-final in Dubai yesterday when Shaheen Afridi was called up to bowl. However, to send his team to victory, Wade hit a strong shot, aiming for a sixer. The ball could have easily been caught by Hassan Ali, who was the third man on the field at the time. But unfortunately he dropped the catch and the Kangaroos scored two more runs.
Had Wade been sent back to the pavilion, the dynamic of the game could have changed in Pakistan’s favor with the arrival of a new batter.
But the next thing Shaheen knew, Wade hit three sixes from three balls to kick the Men in Green out of the tournament.
After Pakistan’s disappointing defeat, team skipper Babar Azam also said Wade’s wicket could have been a game changer for Pakistan.
“But if you give a team like Australia a chance, they would definitely win the game,” he said.
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