Shaheen Afridi: After PSL, International Match Pressure Is Easy To Handle

Pakistan cricket is renowned for producing quality left-arm fast-bowlers and the latest edition to the list is Shaheen Shah Afridi.

The youngster has already delivered great performances for Pakistan’s U-19 and made his impact against Australia by taking the wickets of Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and D’Arcy Short during Pakistan’s 45-run win over Australia in Harare.

During the match, the temperature dropped to 13 degree Celsius and following the victory, Afridi said, “This is by far the coldest day of cricket I have ever played.”


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Shaheen Afridi’s deliveries swung, bounced and found their way to the inside edge of Finch’s bat and then onto Maxwell’s pads. In a post-match interview he claimed that he was working long and hard in the nets to ensure that he can get Finch out early.

Since yesterday I’ve been planning on getting these two wickets [Finch and Maxwell] and trying to work out how to get them out early.

He also picked up the wicket of Short as his delivery crashed into the leg-stump as Australia completely lost the chase against Pakistan.

Afridi also talked about how Sarfraz Ahmed is delighted with the performance.

He’s definitely happy with the bowling attack today. He’s the captain, and sometimes that happens when he’s unhappy, but today he was much happier with our performance.

Talking about Australia’s bowling, Afridi said that the Aussies did not take any advantage of the pitch as the bowl offered great seam movement.

Shaheen Afridi has been backed by likes of Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja, who claim that his potential can help him surpass the heights Shahid Khan Afridi reached for Pakistan.

Shahid Afridi is a very big name, not just in our country but globally. He hit me for six first ball in the PSL, but with the next one I got him out. I was very happy about that. After PSL, I don’t think any international match is tough for me. After that, I’m calm playing international cricket.

Zarar is the Editor of Sports and Auto section at ProPakistani.