|On Wednesday afternoon, thousands at the Eden Gardens must have felt that beyond words joy of watching Shahid Afridi in full flow. Afridi said in a post-match ceremony, “My performance is always key. I was hungry for a performance. It’s a big event. I should take responsibility. I had to set an example for the youngsters. [On promoting himself in the batting order] I love to give chances to my batsmen but sometimes you need to come out yourself.” He continued, “Our batsmen were struggling to find runs. Hafeez and Shehzad did good for us today. Sharjeel is also an attacking cricketer who can give us a good start if he stays there for the first six overs. I don’t live in the past. We should learn from our mistakes. They are playing good cricket. Our morale is very high after this game”.However, after the pre-match criticism from Pakistan over his statements, Afridi led by example blasting 49 off only 19 balls, and then picked up two wickets at the Eden Gardens as they won by 55 runs.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2016
AFRIDI’S MESSAGE AFTER WINNING AGAINST BENGAL TIGERS