Nehra reveals how Afridi helped him
India-Pakistan matches are always considered among the most hyped cricket matches and when they meet each other in the ICC events, every cricket fan wants to witness it from the gallery.
There were times when both sides used to play against each other often but the situation has been complex for many years and the fans now witness India-Pakistan matches in the ICC events only.
It is always difficult to manage tickets for India’s matches when they play in their home ground and it’s even more difficult when the match is a world game against Pakistan. During the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, India took on Pakistan in the semifinal.
Former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra in a recent Widen’s podcast recalled the memory of that game. “Two-three days before that match, nobody knew that India and Pakistan would meet in the semifinals. Everything happened very quickly, in 72 hours, everyone came to know that Pakistan is facing India in World Cup semifinals. I had seen people coming from America or England, you just name it, and they didn’t have tickets,” he was quoted as saying by CricTracker.
Meanwhile, the pacer revealed that it was Pakistan legend Shahid Afridi who helped him to manage extra tickets for his family members. Aridi and Shoaib Akhter gave him two extra tickets before the match.
“I was the lucky one, to be very honest because I got a few extra tickets from the Pakistan camp. I told Shahid Afridi that I need two tickets, sort it out. Then I got two tickets from him and two tickets from Shoaib Akhtar. Waqar Younis was the coach, so maybe, out of the 30 players, I had the most number of tickets.” he added.