R Ashwin says Shaheen Afridi could fetch good IPL deal had he been there
By SMCS - Aug 29, 2022 12:30 pm
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Team India’s veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has heaped praise on Pakistan pace bowler Shaheen Afridi. He believes that Pakistan will surely miss the left-arm fast bowler in the ongoing Asia Cup 2022. While speaking on his YouTube channel, Ashwin stated how Afridi played a big role in Pakistan’s historic ten-wicket win over India at the T20 World Cup last year. He dismissed Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli in the game as well.

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Shaheen Afridi got the wicket on the first ball

He also predicted that the youngster would have fetched a very lucrative contract had he been a part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction as well.

Ravichandran Ashwin stated: “Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf bowled well the last time we faced Pakistan, but it was Shaheen Afridi’s opening burst that broke the game at the top. A major setback for them ahead of this game is Afridi’s injury. I have thought a lot about how crazy it would have been if Shaheen Afridi had been there in an IPL auction. A tall left-arm seamer who sets the game with the new ball and also unleashes yorkers at the death. He might have gone for 14-15 crore had he been there at the IPL auction.”

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He further added: “Imad Wasim is a notable exclusion from Pakistan’s squad. He has been a regular feature for them in the T20 format. But he is not there this time. Instead, they have gone for Mohammad Nawaz, who is very much like Ravindra Jadeja.”

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Shaheen Afridi bowled brilliantly

Ravichandran Ashwin has stated that despite Shaheen Afridi’s absence, Pakistan have a lot of impressive pace bowlers in their lineup. He added how most bowlers from the country have the ability to generate express pace as well. The veteran off-spinner has also shared that Pakistan are ahead of all the other teams in international cricket when it comes to their pace attack as well.

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“All Pakistani fast bowlers clock 140-145 kph consistently. I don’t think any team in world cricket has such a rich backup of fast bowlers. Pakistan have always been a side with so much raw talent on display,” R Ashwin concluded