The heat of the India-Pakistan high voltage clash was taken away by Edgbaston rain on Sunday and alongside that, Pakistani performers contrived the show cooler with no competitiveness to show in the field against their arch – rivals as India seized a 124 runs win to kick the tournament off in a great note.
The match paged much pain to Pakistani supporters; the pain eventually got greater for former Pakistani cricketers. After living legend Imran Khan exposed his frustration, Shahid Khan Afridi also opened up saying his country’s poor show took away all the excitement of the unique encounter.
“The Indo-Pak Champions Trophy encounter failed to live up to its hype as Pakistan produced a forgettable performance at Edgbaston. As a Pakistani supporter, the drab show was a painful watch indeed as India once again proved that it has a stranglehold over its neighbor that it is no mood to relinquish” – Afridi said.
“India started as the favorite and played the entire game in the same frame of mind, even as Pakistan crumbled limply” – the former all-rounder wrote in his column for ICC.
Criticizing skipper Sarfraz Ahmed’s strategy to use the new ball, Shahid Afridi also said, “Players of the caliber of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are very hard to stop if they are allowed to settle early and that is what Pakistan allowed them to do. Pakistan missed a trick and for the rest of the Indian innings there was hardly a period where they looked troubled.”