Babar Azam reveals what Shaheen Afridi told him after castling him in PSL 2021
Pakistan’s all-format captain Babar Azam has revealed what Shaheen Shah Afridi told him after getting rid of him in Pakistan Super League. There is no doubt that both the stalwarts respect each other but there is a healthy rivalry between the duo.
Shaheen Afridi hugged the Pakistan captain after shattering his stumps during the match between Karachi Kings vs. Lahore Qalandars match earlier this year. This happened during the first half of the PSL season. During an exclusive chat with Cricwik, Pakistan’s run-machine opened up how Shaheen Shah Afridi is always looking to take his wicket whenever he gets a chance.
“As you saw in the last match, he is always telling me ‘I have to dismiss you, I have to dismiss you!’. After he dismissed me that day, he came and said “See I dismissed you!’. It feels really nice seeing the aggression of Pakistan bowlers and hopefully, he will win more matches for us in the future.”
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With the Pakistan franchise cricket resuming in the UAE, both the stalwarts will face each other once again when the two teams lock horns with each other on June 17. Pakistan skipper has a tremendous strike rate of 160+ against Shaheen Afridi and was dismissed only once.
“If you play with each other for the entire year, you understand the strengths and weaknesses of each other. We both focus on enjoying the moment when we come up against each other. I don’t get relaxed while facing him, I play him with 100% focus and mindset because he is one of the best bowlers and can dismiss you anytime,” Babar mentioned.
Meanwhile, Babar added that he struggled to play cover drive initially. However, he worked really hard and perfected the art of playing the drive, in what appears to be his trademark shot.
“My shot is completely natural, but I have worked a lot on it. I struggled with the shot initially. My people advised me not to play it early on, suggesting that it won’t be good for me. But I worked hard on perfecting it. I still try to not play it early on in ODI and Test cricket. Not in T20s because you don’t have any time and you have to go with the flow. The focus is to start playing it when I gain some confidence, the said the 26-year-old.