“If we play good cricket, we can beat any team” – Shahidi
Afghanistan middle-order batsman Hashmatullah Shahidi thinks that batting is the main concern for Afghanistan in this year’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 and if they overcome it they can beat any team on their day.
“I can say if we play good cricket, we can beat any group however it relies upon our batting. We are battling. If we play good cricket, we can beat any team. We have lost four out of a line so we are disillusioned. We attempted to return yet things have not gone our direction. Despite everything we have five matches to go,” the left-hand batsman said.
“We collapsed against Sri Lanka and New Zealand, losing wickets in a short space of time. We lost four wickets in two overs here. We began well however we lost wickets rapidly, that was the main reason behind the losses,” he added.
Afghanistan were bowled out at just 125 runs in their last match yesterday on June 15 at the Cardiff Wales Stadium and later lost the match by a big margin of 9 wickets. The 24-year old Shahidi said the pitch wasn’t that good and he expected the next match against England the pitch will be better for batting.
“The way Imran Tahir bowled, he took a wicket with the absolute first ball. The wicket was difficult for batting, 250 or 260 was a decent target. Yet, we didn’t accomplish that. All things considered, we have five matches and we will now go and try.
“I trust the following matches will be useful for the batting. We are committing little errors, we need to learn from them. We simply had a plan to be calm. The initial 30 or 35 overs is significant and we needed to take as much time as is needed and play gradually yet in the middle overs we collapsed.”
Afghanistan will face the host England in their next match on Tuesday, June 18 at Old Trafford, Manchester.