Pakistan suffered a forgettable loss in the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup against England on Sunday. Under the captaincy of Babar Azam, the men in green were simply outclassed by a clinical England side. Shaheen Afridi’s injury during the high-stakes match played a huge role in Pakistan’s defeat. The young pacer couldn’t complete his quota of four overs after injuring his knee while attempting to take a catch.
While most of the Pakistani fans came in support of supportive of Afridi, there were some who questioned the pacer’s commitment to the team. One such fan cast doubts on Afridi’s dedication towards Pakistan’s cause on Twitter. This particular tweet has enraged the panel of The Pavilion show which is aired on A-Sports in Pakistan.
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Wasim Akram, who is a panelist on The Pavilion show, slammed this fan for his contemptible opinion. A furious Akram said, “This question of yours is meant to insult Shaheen Afridi. You are being rude to your own player. No shame, no remorse). Just have a look what he has said about Shaheen Afridi. I am fuming. I wish ki tu mere saamne hota (I wish you were in front of me).”
The fan had tweeted something along the lines of, “Coward Shaheen Afridi. You should have bowled 5 deliveries but like a coward, you ran away from the ground.”
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While chasing a low target of 138 runs, England witnessed a grumpy start as Shaheen Afridi castled in-form Alex Hales in the first over itself. Pakistan’s premier pacer looked very potent and troubled the English batters to a great extent. His quota of four overs was very crucial to Pakistan’s chances.
But Afridi suffered an injury on his right knee in the 13th over of England’s chase while taking a catch off Shadab Khan, dismissing Harry Brook. This was probably a turning point in the game as Afridi couldn’t bowl afterward. Afridi limped off the ground after seemingly jarring his right knee.
After Afridi’s injury, skipper Babar Azam gave the ball to Iftikhar Ahmed who was smashed for a six and a four by Ben Stokes. This opened the floodgates for England, and they cruised their way home to triumph in the final of the T20 World Cup.