Bangladesh is Shaheen Afridi’s favorite opponent


Rawalpindi: Pakistan’s young pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi loves bowling to Bangladeshi batters after claiming 4-53 against the visitors on Day 1 of the opening Test at Pindi Stadium, Rawalpindi.

In a media interaction after the match, Afridi called ‘Bangladesh’ his favorite opponent to bowl against following his strong track record against the ninth-ranked Test side. “I love bowling against Bangladesh and my record against them is pretty good,” he said.

Afridi was aiming to break his own record of 5-77, he bagged against Sri Lanka in Karachi in December, but unfortunately, Abu Javed, the last man, got run-out. “Obviously, every cricketer firstly tries to overcome his own record. My aim was to bag yet another fifer, but unfortunately, it couldn’t happen,” he mentioned.

Upon being asked, the 19-year-old speedster differentiated between Test and T20I cricket. “Both the formats are quite different, T20I is a fast game whereas, in Test cricket, you have to be so patient. You can’t get five or six wickets immediately. You have to plan before going into the field and then keep on trying to take wickets,” he said.

To a query about Abbas being his support, he acknowledged his experience of playing more than him and praised him for supporting him and Naseem Shah. “Abbas Bhai is experienced than me and Shah. We both try to follow him and try to bowl on the lengths which he bowls. We as a team try to learn from each other and I think this is the only way teams win and reach heights,” he concluded.