Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has said that while Pakistan’s left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi is a very good bowler, he is not unplayable as well. However, he further added that at the international level, batters need to face such high-quality bowlers and prepare accordingly. Shaheen was the Player of the Match for his three-wicket haul as Pakistan beat India by 10 wickets in the 2021 T20 World Cup match in Dubai as well.
In an interview on Revsportz’ show Backstage with Boria, Ganguly said: “He is a very good bowler but that doesn’t mean you can’t play him. At this level in international cricket you will get two such bowlers in every team. Afridi and Naseem Shah for Pakistan, [Mitchell] Starc, [Pat] Cummins and [Josh] Hazlewood for Australia, New Zealand has a couple. But India have the batsmen to play them.”
However, Shaheen Shah Afridi is currently one of the leading pacers in world cricket as well. He has played 27 Tests, 40 ODIs and 52 T20Is, claiming 105, 78 and 64 wickets respectively.
“We were a very good team by then and had started winning. We were on song. We had some fantastic players. That’s why I keep saying don’t chop and change ahead of a major tournament. Have a set of players together for one year and let them win or lose and get ready as a team. Australia did not chop and change for years between 1999-2003 and that’s why they were so good,” Sourav Ganguly concluded.