Sydney showdown to Captaincy honour; pace maestro gets candid

Shaheen Shah Afridi

SYDNEY: In a candid interview during the ongoing Sydney Test, Pakistan’s fast-bowling sensation, Shaheen Shah Afridi, opened up about his performance, workload, and the dynamics of the team. The young cricketer, known for his fiery pace, expressed gratitude towards the team management for understanding and alleviating the pressures of his heavy workload.

Having played two matches and shouldering a significant bowling burden, Afridi reflected on his efforts in Australia. Despite his contributions, he believes he could have secured more wickets, emphasizing the role of missed catches in crucial moments.

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“Catches win matches,” lamented Afridi, acknowledging the unfortunate lapses in the field. Despite the setbacks, he commended the bowling unit for their collective efforts, particularly highlighting their commendable performance in Melbourne.

Reflecting on the unpredictable nature of the game, Afridi remarked, “Fate is not in our hands, but we certainly gave it our all.” The young bowler expressed admiration for legendary pacers Mitchell Starc and Trent Boult, stating that he has always followed their bowling styles and considers them inspirations.

Commenting on the ongoing Sydney Test, Afridi praised Australia’s bowling prowess in the first session. He highlighted the dismissal of Saim Ayub, attributing it to an exceptional delivery. Afridi also expressed optimism about the future, singling out Saeem Ayub as a budding star for Pakistan.

Afridi revealed his excitement about captaining New Zealand in an upcoming match. “It is an honor to lead Pakistan,” he added. As the Sydney Test unfolds, Shaheen Afridi remains a key figure for Pakistan, determined to make an impact with his bowling prowess and leadership skills on the field.

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