Shahid Afridi recalls’ 2006 Lahore Test When Bowlers Joked to Hide Pain
By CricShotsStaff - May 30, 2020 6:09 pm
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Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi recalled the Lahore Test against India in 2006 after Pakistan Cricket Board shared an image on its’ official Twitter handle. Shahid Afridi revealed how the very flat wicket”  made the bowlers share jokes to hide their pain.

Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi

Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Twitter handle shared an image of Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar. The image was captioned with, “Guess the year!”

Shahid Afridi noticed the post and responded to the same. The former Pakistan all-rounder tweeted, “Great memories, this was I believe after one of my favorite Test inns in Lahore against India in 2006. Shoaib was always a threat for batsmen but this was a very flat wicket and bowlers were left to share jokes to overcome their pain.”

The match saw Indian opening pair wreak havoc on the Pakistani Bowlers.  The fire and Ice duo of Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid stitched up an opening wicket partnership of 410 runs. Virender Sehwag smashed 254 runs off 247 balls while Rahul Dravid remained unbeaten at 128 off 233 balls.

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The Lahore Test was the first amongst the 3-match series against India. The match took place in January of 2006. Batting first, Pakistan held a strong grip over the match as they posted mammoth first innings score of 679 /7. Pakistan had 4 centurions for themselves in the match. Younis Khan top-scored for his team as the former skipper notched up a fantastic 199 runs. Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Yousuf, and Kamran Akmal also helped themselves to their respective hundreds.

The scoreboard during India’s batting read 410 runs with the loss of 1 wicket( Shewag) as rain interrupted play.  VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid went back to the pavilion and didn’t get a chance to walk out again as the match ended in a draw.

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Shoaib Akhtar’s speed helped him register good bowling figures in a test match heavily dominated by the batsman. Aside from Shoaib Akhtar, no other Pakistan bowler managed to keep their economy under 3. Anil Kumble and Ajit Agarkar were India’s most successful bowlers in that match as the duo claimed 2 wickets each.