Srinagar: Refreshing the memories, Pakistan star pacer Shaheen Afridi has said that it was Shoaib Malik who should be given credit for the wicket KL Rahul in T20 World Cup 2021.
Shaheen Afridi stunned the World by taking wickets of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in a fiery opening spell for Pakistan in the T20 high profile clash.Pakistan had won that match by 10 wickets.
“A time comes in your career when you want to make a name for yourself and this opportunity comes when you facing the bigger teams. I always wanted to play against India and this was my first T20 against them. I wanted to perform in a way that people would always remember. We also hadn’t won against India in a World Cup before,” Shaheen Afridi told ESPNCricinfo.
Afridi revealed that he had studied Rohit pattern of dismissal and learned about his vulnerability against the inswing deliveries at a yorker length.
“I had observed that Rohit Sharma struggles against the inswing, at that yorker length. In 2021, most of my dismissals were with that length. So I thought to myself, if that’s my strength why not use it against him in the first ball that bowl to him,” Afridi recalled.
Shaheen then revealed his conversation with Shoaib Malik on how the former Pakistan captain’s crucial advice led to Rahul’s dismissal in his next over.
“For KL Rahul, I happened to be standing with Shoaib Malik. He asked me if the ball was swinging, and I said, not much. He asked me to not try the yorker ball but the length ball and it might just nip back in. I tried it and that’s exactly what happened. I owe that wicket to Shoaib Malik,” he said.