Former India speedster S Sreesanth applauded Rohit Sharma for taking on Shaheen Shah Afridi during the Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 match against Pakistan. According to him, the Indian captain was ready for the challenge as well. However, India beat Pakistan by 228-run in their first Super 4 match of Asia Cup 2023 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Rohit scored an aggressive 56 off 49 balls and was involved in an opening stand of 121 with Shubman Gill (58 off 52) in 16.4 overs. as well.
Speaking to Sportskeeda, Sreesanth said, “There was a lot of talk that Rohit struggles when the ball comes in. But we saw, when the ball came in, it went out [for six]. With the flick he played, he told Afridi, ‘Bete, aaj main taiyyar hoon [Son, I am ready]’. Shaheen Afridi will always remember that flick. He may have dismissed Rohit many times, but even while sleeping he might be thinking about that flick.”
After Rohit and Gill fell after scoring their respective half-centuries, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul took over as well. Both smashed unbeaten centuries and added an unbroken 233-run stand for the third wicket – the highest partnership for India against Pakistan in ODIs as well. Meanwhile, Sreesanth also came up with a reply to the former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhter’s tweet after India’s win in the Super 4.
“Shoaib bhai had said, ‘Kitne aadmi they?’ [How many men were there?] It would also like to say to him, ‘Kitne aadmi they? Shaheen, Rauf aur woh. Teen’. But one man was enough – Virat Kohli. Instead of three, even if you bring five, things are going to be the same. India will always win,” Sreesanth concluded.