Pakistan have been under the quash from the past few months or so and the team was surrounded with loads of criticism which was fired towards them from every corner of a cricket loving nation. One way to put an end to all this was by coming up with a majestic performance and this is precisely what the men in green did against Bangladesh in their World T20 opener at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Their flamboyant captain Shahid Afridi led from the front as the team defeated a strong Bangladesh side by 55 runs. Afridi scored 49 runs off 19 balls and took two crucial wickets to seal victory for Pakistan.
Speaking to media at the post match presentation ceremony Shahid Afridi said that he is the senior pro in the side and has to lead by example and was glad to see that he was able to achieve that. He added that it’s time to forget what happened in the past and move on as we have to learn from our mistakes quickly.
“I don’t want to talk about the past, I don’t live in past. I think we should learn from our mistakes. We have done well against these guys and India have been playing good cricket, even with the last loss. We won this match and everyone is feeling good after this win,” said Shahid Afridi
“My performances always play a key role, and I was really hungry to perform. For the last few series I didn’t play well. But I was focused on my performance because I know how important it is for me and my country.
“It’s a big event as captain, as senior player, I have to lead by example,” said Shahid Afridi.
Shahid Afridi stressed on the importance of getting off to a good start. especially the first six overs, because it’s vital to capitalise on the power play overs. Pakistan have not been able to do that in the past but in the match against Bangladesh they scored 55/1 in the first six overs.
“First six overs was important, and Hafeez and Shehzad did very well. That was what we missed in the batting…the partnerships. Openers are very important, Shehzad and even Sharjeel can be very attacking. If he stays first six overs, the team will have 50-60. I expect them to perform well.”
Talking about the captaincy Shahid Afridi said that it is not an easy job but when the whole team plays as a unit it he enjoys this role.
“Captaincy is not an easy job, but when the team gives 100 per cent, I enjoy it. People expect me to bat and ball and I enjoy both.”