Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur

'We tell Afridi, give yourself 20-25 balls' - Misbah

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March 4, 2014

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Shahid Afridi clubbed seven sixes, Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 4, 2014
Shahid Afridi's form is a good sign for Pakistan ahead of the World Twenty20, Misbah-ul-Haq has said © AFP
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Having won Pakistan their previous match against India, Shahid Afridi walked in with Pakistan in an even more difficult situation against Bangladesh. With 52 balls remaining, Pakistan needed 102 runs to win. He proceeded to clout 59 off 25 balls, sending seven sixes soaring over the ropes. In between those big hits off the spinners, he kept his head about him, and was prepared to take singles and wait for the loose balls against the seam bowlers.

"I think that's the message given to Shahid Afridi, that at least he should give himself 20-25 balls," Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan's captain, said after his team's three-wicket win. "Just make sure that you play 25-30 balls. We know that when he plays 20-25 balls, he can score 50. I think that's what he's doing, and I'm really happy with the way he's playing."

Afridi's controlled aggression was in some ways reminiscent of how he had batted on the road to Pakistan winning the 2009 World T20 title in England. With another edition of that tournament mere days away, Misbah said Afridi's form boded well for Pakistan's prospects.

"I think that's the biggest plus for us, the way Shahid Afridi is playing, not only in this [Asia Cup] final, but also T20 World Cup is coming, so he's the main player, and the kind of form he is in, the kind of confidence, it's good for the Pakistan team."

Misbah said Pakistan could look to use him in a flexible role during the World T20. "He is always used in T20 whenever such a situation comes, he is promoted, and depending on the start his number changes," Misbah said. "I think, the kind of form he is in, Pakistan can use him anywhere in the order."

Pakistan's chase wasn't all about Afridi, of course. Ahmed Shehzad's century and his opening stand of 97 with Mohammad Hafeez laid a solid platform before Fawad Alam, returning to the ODI side after three-and-a-half years, guided the team through the closing stages in the company of Afridi and Umar Akmal. While most of the questions at the press conference were about Afridi's whirwind innings, Misbah kept drawing attention to the other batsmen's contributions.

"I think so," he said, when asked if Afridi's innings was one of the best he had seen. "Not only Shahid Afridi, but also the way Fawad Alam and Ahmed Shehzad played. After his 50, the way he picked up the run rate, it was almost 10 an over and he brought it down to 8, and then well supported by Fawad Alam, and the start of Hafeez was also crucial, and Shahid Afridi. I think all of them I think played much-needed knocks, and in the end Umar Akmal finished it well. In the end it was a great combination of all these batsmen who really won us the game."

With their successful chase of a 327-run target, Pakistan had shrugged a particularly clingy monkey off their backs. They had failed in their last 12 pursuits of 250-plus targets, the most recent instance coming in their opening match of the Asia Cup against Sri Lanka, where they lost wickets in a heap to let go of a dominant position.

Asked what the team talk had been like following that defeat, Misbah said the team management, particularly their chief cricket consultant Zaheer Abbas, had stressed on the need for the batsmen to stay at the crease till the end.

"I think the message was very clear, even by the great Zaheer Abbas, that the kind of ability we have in our dressing room, especially our batsmen, if our batsmen play 50 overs, we can just chase any target," Misbah said. "That was the message even today when we started chasing, that we need to play 50 overs. The batsmen need to play 50 overs, so that was the task given by the management and me also, and we did it and it proved right at the end and we chased the target."

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Posted by TinuTapori on (March 7, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

@Sohaib: My comment says "The other 55 times he was out **MOST** of the time for single digit score". The comment says "most" of the time, not "always".

Yes, I said he *batted* about 60 times, so of course I am only counting those innings he actually batted - and that is indeed about 60 innings.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2014, 10:39 GMT)

@TinuTapori I dont know from where did you get this 55 matches where he was out on single digit score, If you look at the link you provided in your post, Afridi scored 25 times in 2 digits, while of this 25 matches he was not out 6 times, and score less then 10 in 26 matches while he didn't bat in 9 matches so kindly correct your statistics.

Posted by S.Alis on (March 7, 2014, 10:12 GMT)

@TinuTapori: You're doing it wrong man. No one expect that kind of "consistency" from Afridi.If you see, he has a very consistent style, which is to "hit the ball", either it's a six or out. That's his style and we know he can't do it other way around. You're also forgetting that he's not playing as batting all rounder anymore but a bowling all rounder. When he speak with his bat, that's a plus for Pakistan. Otherwise we just ignore it by saying "oh well, what more can you expect or its not his day etc".

Posted by kr_kinshuk on (March 7, 2014, 6:56 GMT)

Afridi, somewhat like Sehwag was, is a luxury that only a world class line - up can afford.

But if your line - up doesn't have consistent, world class performers, these players become liabilities. The fact is that, a team plays the game of cricket to win. Afridi has lost Pakistan several games as compared to the games that he's won them.

India doesn't have quality all - rounders. So, if someone like Afridi was a constant figure in the Indian side I would have understood but, Pakistan, with its history of genuine all rounders such as Imran, Wasim, Razzak, Azhar Mehmood, etc. it's surprising that they have had to keep going back to the highly unstable afridi.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 23:13 GMT)

boom boom on fire

Posted by TinuTapori on (March 6, 2014, 22:48 GMT)

While Afridi had a fantastic innings, and Pakistan won, it should be kept in mind that this was against Bangladesh - a team that even Afghanistan beat.

Can you recall when was the last time Afridi had such a good innings against a quality opponent? Within the last 3 years, Afridi has batted about 60 times in a One Day match - and has scored a half-century only 5 times. The other 55 times he was out most of the time for single digit score. And I am not making stuff up. Here is the proof: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/42639.html?class=2;orderby=start;orderbyad=reverse;template=results;type=batting;view=innings

Anyways, let 1 innings against Bangladesh not define his recent form - lets wait till end of World Cup.

@Faraz Khan: While the 1996 innings was a masterclass, using an innings from 18 years ago as an example to define current form is a big stretch. Lets wait till World Cup T20 is over. Consistency is what defines a player

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 19:18 GMT)

good to see Afridi in full swing. Pakistan need hin badly in T2O. Hope will continue his form.

Posted by imranmujtaba on (March 6, 2014, 19:16 GMT)

Misbah has not got a place in this team... He is blocking many youngster, surprise to see farad alam avg 40' in test and ODI but don't get picked..... Misbah is weakest link in the team - when he scores pak losses, statically pak lost 90% when scored more than 40, without his contribution pak always win. Clearly seen in last 3 games.... InshAllah he gets out early in Final and from ODI team in near future.....

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 19:11 GMT)

@vipin first off we are talking about afridi as a player..all rounder..not just a batsman..stop comparing batsman all over the world with him..he is a genuine all rounder...do you have anyone in indian history as good an allrounder?....talk on the right basis son..To start things off, he has the most times a 5fer and a 50 plus score in a single match...beat this :P

Posted by Gullay on (March 6, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

The key really is the play 50 overs. Other than that, it was fantastic to watch Pakistan win because of the batting talent they have! :D #teampakforlife

Posted by Naveedulhaq on (March 6, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

Afridi is a legend - Truly a Match Winner, Cricket fans will never see such a great player again. So now lets talk of Ahmed Shehzad . . . It was a marvellous century from him and he is will on his way to be a great player & his recent performances shows it clearly. Pakistan really was in search of such kind of a player at top of the order & finally we find such kind of batsman in the shape of AHMED SHEHZAD

Posted by ali1-10 on (March 6, 2014, 10:38 GMT)

well i want to say sachin may be ur god....bt he cant be match winer or finisher...see the records..all the matches in which he made centuary..india lost...i am nt comparing afridi with sachin...sachin was a great player..every player have its own style of playing..he may be a god for urs bt not for others...bt yes i want to say..inzimam was much better than sachin...take records a side.he was a match winner...

Posted by rezauk on (March 6, 2014, 10:07 GMT)

Alfridi is an interesting player. Certainly he's an attacking bowler who takes wickets although expensive at times. As a batsmen he lacks the desire to play classic test cricket. Similar to Botham in that expansive shots played at the wrong time. Alfridi has one a few games by excellent clean hitting which obviously is due to ability. Certainly he struggles against quality fast bowling and tends to give it away by trying to hit too hard when their are options to use the pace of the ball. In conclusion I believe that if he seriously knuckled down and was asdvised that he must bat for 10 overs in a innings he could achieve this but obviously his scoring rate would drop considerably. However the application shown in his last 2 innings has been refreshing.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

0610400600661166264400661411041606024100, My Indian friends, would you kindly take a look at these 37 deliveries....famous Srilankan legends still remember these punches by heart from 1996 courtesy of Shahid Khan AFRIDIIIII!!!!!!!!!! TAKE THAT!!!!!!

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (March 6, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

Great innings by afridi.. But trust me what a master class from Ahmad Shahzad.. He is playing some handsome knocks. Fawad and hafeez did a great job too.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 7:45 GMT)

Hey Kartik, did you forget Eden Gardens BOOM! BOOM! AFRIDI when all Indian first class(??) bowlers were beaten up ruthlessly. And you are doing matematics by % of match success statistic. Gather up courage and appreciate AFRIDI.

The reality is that when the team needed he performed well to win the game. It is recognized by the critics and cricket experts. That's it.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 7:37 GMT)

bhuvneshwar kumar - India's opening bowler , is taking on average one wicket per macth, wow I mean seriously wow, let him play 350 matches and then you compare him with Afridi...wake up man....go fix your own team first

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

This fellow will get the fastest ODI 100 record again under his belt this year. Is there any better way of doing it other than in the final against the team he did it in 1996????

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 7:23 GMT)

Karthik78 & vipinchirackal : Afridi, Afridi, Afridi...I bet his sixes wake you up during your deep sleep when you dream and then wakes you up screaming. Enough of this thing man, stop being haters ...nobody is claiming that he is an excellent batsman...if you know so much, then you should be laughing on comments when somebody compares Afridi with Sachin. I know he is your God, but as Shoaib Akhtar said, Sachin might be your God not everybody else's. Afridi is a Pathan, no body can teach him or coach him...he does what he does, but when he does it....he becomes nightmare for you and rest of the world. As lot of good cricketing minds say, he can be a nightmare for his team too....

Posted by vipinchirackal on (March 6, 2014, 7:22 GMT)

@mahiuddin on what basis you told afridi has saved his team more than sachin.look at the statistics which shows the answer.sachin has acquired most number of man of the matches for taking his team to success in the world.where does afridi stands.miles bak.so stop uttering nonsense just to show your favourite player is better than everybody else.you better compare afridi with yousuf pathan or angelo mathews

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

Marvelous Afridi .I`m not the one who says this THE WHOLE WORLD saying this.

Posted by vipinchirackal on (March 6, 2014, 6:43 GMT)

now they started comparing afridi with even sachin.he was about to be thrown out a few days before but suddenly he became a match winner when he hit the worst bowlers in the world.pakistan was badly looking for a star and afridi became a legend immediately because they had no other choice.next they will make kamran akmal another legend and start sayng he is better than bradman.such an inconsistant team who baten india then about to loose to bengladesh

Posted by Karthik78 on (March 6, 2014, 6:40 GMT)

Finisher is very important in cricket. He should achieve at least 6 out of 10 possible attempts and not 1 out of 10 attempts. Using that 1 successful, he should not be considered great. Any hitter can succeed if they click, but making it possible in more than 50 to 60% of matches is average. If it is 70 to 80%, he is great. Everyone knows where is your favorite's position. Is it required someone to tell 34 yrs old with 350 match experience about spend some time before goes for shots. This tells where he is.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 5:45 GMT)

My dear Kartik78 would you please tell what do you mean by great batsmen? Sachin Tendulkar? Go and ask him of his comment. Everybody will recognize he was a great batsman having neumerous world records, but how many times he win India in spite of his great batting skill? You can count by fingers itself dear. But he was a great batsman of all times! Try to be rational man and not jealous!

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 5:32 GMT)

"Only he can play short like this in such a tense situation" Sunil Gawaskar. Tribute to the Shahid Afridi

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 5:25 GMT)

Shahid Afridi is that kind of a player who can be the most dangerous for both the teams : his own team if he gets nothing with the bat and for the opponent if he does something with the high bat. The very example of his power is his last innings against Bangladesh on 4th of March. He turned the game with a new passion. Long live Bhoom Bhoom.

Posted by khanizking on (March 6, 2014, 5:17 GMT)

We hope Afridi doing same performance in final......

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 5:12 GMT)

@karthik78 you will need a lot of fingers to count the number of match winning performance afridi has created. I can bet he has produced more match winning performances than your sachin, because when he gets it right on his day, means sure victory. so stop burning and get your stats right son.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 5:00 GMT)

Only say LOL @karthik78.

if afridi is not a bowler , how he could managed to get 378 wickets in odis which none of Indian has done it . If he is not a batsman , how could managed to get to 100 in 50 balls more than thrice.

correct your stats :P

Posted by Desihungama on (March 6, 2014, 4:13 GMT)

Whatever you say about Afridi but he is the only cricketer to boast Starman Pose with either bat or a ball in the hand. No one does one, who else can do both? @Karthik - I think he may be 3rd on the list of All Time MoM awards after Sachin and Jayasuriya? So whether you do Math or Science he's got to be a match winner to get to that list.

Posted by ious on (March 6, 2014, 3:48 GMT)

Afridi can becomes really a dangerous man against any team and lead his team towards a fantastic success , this kind of person comes to earth perhaps after many centuries so thumbs up for BOOM BOOM!!

Posted by Karthik78 on (March 6, 2014, 1:18 GMT)

Afridi is perfect player, he is very well trained batsmen. Whenever he plays, he wiill play according to the conditions. Thats why, Pak won many World Cups and Champions trophies. If it is 6 runs in 6 ball required with one wicket in hand, he will hit for only 6 and make sure no singles. Hereafter every great cricketers will compare him with Bradman, Sachin, Lara etc, because he won 10 to 15 matches out of 350 matches. Great Cricketer.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 22:15 GMT)

What a blow from Afridi. Unbelieveable innings. But only he can pull something of like this.

Posted by saintsinister on (March 5, 2014, 20:38 GMT)

To all the lovers and haters of Afridi: "Legend has six alphabets and so does Afridi" :) He is the X-Man of cricket. He can make millions happy and/or cry in tears within seconds. He creates hair tingling excitement all on his own. He creates magic. That's the Lala, Darling of all Pakistan and we are lucky/proud to have him.

Posted by Nadeemusman on (March 5, 2014, 20:34 GMT)

Further to my blog india should restrain virat kohli for his on field behaviour against pakistan. He should remember that he is representing a nation and not some club. Bangladesh crowd has been disciplined, friendly and heart warming people .the way people prayed and cried for their teams reminded cricket of the 80's when passions used to run high. Good luck to BD dont loose your heart your winning streak will start soon. Love and respect from a .pakistani. Final between SL and Pak will be a treat as their matches in uae. If Shahid Afridi clicks Pak is going to win. The team who plays betternd will take more pressure will win.both teams teams equal in strength and possess the x factor i.e shahid afridi and sangakarra. Good luck

Posted by Nadeemusman on (March 5, 2014, 20:22 GMT)

Shahid afridi is an asset for Pakistan cricket team . Even if he is not batting well he is performing with bowling. He is true class. Many people have ridiculed his sixes against india as mishits or boundaries are short. I want to ask them if their team player had done this feat will they classify it as a mishit or short boundary. Cmon you guys throw these spectacles of biased views and appreciate pakistan team and shahid afridi. Something has to be done about umpiring . In every match these umpires are making mistakes and 2 or 3 wrong decisions are made. It happened in todays match b/w india and afghanistan also. Please keep competent umpires for every match. If these decisions were made against Icc big three there would have earthquake in cricket but just because it was against pakistan and afghanistan there is no reaction.

Posted by TinuTapori on (March 5, 2014, 19:51 GMT)

While Afridi had a fantastic inning, and Pakistan won, it should be kept in mind that this was against Bangladesh - a team that even Afghanistan beat.

Can you recall when was the last time Afridi had such a good innings against a quality opponent? Within the last 3 years, Afridi has batted about 60 times in a One Day match - and has scored a half-century only 5 times. The other 55 times he was out most of the time for single digit score. And I am not making stuff up. Here is the proof: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/42639.html?class=2;orderby=start;orderbyad=reverse;template=results;type=batting;view=innings

Posted by naib_khanz on (March 5, 2014, 19:39 GMT)

i think pakistan should give him chance as an opener he might suit that position and get pakistan off to flyers what about that then anybody has an opinion?

Posted by Karthik78 on (March 5, 2014, 18:15 GMT)

Afridi is a hard hitter and he is neither batsmen nor bowler. He blindly bashes all the balls with hist 350+ match experience. No great batsmen accept him as a great. Fans will like him as we are fond of cinema where hero will come and thrash all. But out of his 300+ matches, those instances can be counted by fingers.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

Afridi is a surprise package, statistics fail for him.

Posted by muddassirqayyum on (March 5, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

people let these people be jealous of awesome talent Win or loss we pl;ay to win and that is something that these people will never understand. Please stand up for the champions. Even if they lose in the final they have played two matches that people are going to remember 50 years from now.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

It was a tense, exciting punch per punch gladiator stuff and in the end Pakistan with Afridi came up with the knock out blow against India. So why don't we have more of the thrills and spills between India and Pakistan? Well the Indians always cite political tensions. In reality, the Indians can't stand to see Pakistani unity that cricket brings. You don't need to be Sherlock Holmes to work this out. In fact Wasim Akram coaches Indians, Indian music industry uses tons of Pakistani songs ( the Indians are not aware).Moreover, the Indians are always actively recruiting our established artists, such as, Rahat, Fateh Ali, Ataf, and Bagga etc. If the embargo on Pakistan cricket was truly due to political tensions, then the Indians wouldn't be so selective - they'd be barring our cricket coaches, artists, musicians, writers and use of our songs etc. There - I rest my case. This is sinister and by design - why do we bother with India as it won't ever stop conspiring against Pakistan.

Posted by Fogu on (March 5, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

It is amazing to see negative comments about Afridi from some IN fans. I am from BD and I appreciate Afridi for what he is. We are not mistaking him for Misbah or Younis. He is not a classical batsman. He is a slogging allrounder. He is more than good with the ball and a destroyer with the bat. In ODI and T20 matches, you need someone like Afridi to change the game. I am sure the same IN fans would be happy to have him in their team. I know I would like to have him in my team anyday. From the current team, Misbah is my favourite PK player but I know Afridi is more dynamic.

Posted by yuvi_gladiator on (March 5, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

great work by afridi in this series, but pakistan needs to look beyond afridi. He never had any impact whatsoever outside subcontinent which will be crucial in the world cup in australia

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

It is so great to see that a Asia cup league match last over win over inexperienced Indian side has given such enormous joy to our Pakistani fans. Now you have a taste of how Indians fans must have enjoyed ( multiply the joy) when the EC2011 SF and T20 2007 final was won by India. I guess today Pakistani fans might have experienced what it feels to win on big stage

Posted by keptalittlelow on (March 5, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

@ Rahul_78, Very good analysis.

Posted by the_predator on (March 5, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Those who are saying AFRIDI is great batsman must not be knowing cricket. The very fact that he retired from test cricket (since he does not want to play it) is a proof that he lacks classical batting skill.whether you abuse me or not this is a fact. But having said that his hand-eye co-ordination is something special and amazing. When he gets going in shorter format its an absolute nightmare for opposition. he should start using his brain a bit more. PAkistan must not use him as an opener or one down in A to win US. plyaing swing and seam match after match is not his cup of tea. and all PAK fans who says india did not have a batting talent like afridi. tell me do you think afridi is better than miandad, inzi, zahir abbas? tell the truth honestly. there is one man in india who scored 15 more centuries than those 3 pakistani greats (genious) combined togather. about hitting: there is one guy who scored a 50 and took 12 balls (6 balls less than afridi took). You really make me laugh.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

It was a tense, exciting punch per punch gladiator stuff and in the end Pakistan with Afridi came up with the knock out blow against India. So why don't we have more of the thrills and spills between India and Pakistan? Well the Indians always cite political tensions. In reality, the Indians can't stand to see Pakistani unity that cricket brings. You don't need to be Sherlock Holmes to work this out. In fact Wasim Akram coaches Indians, Indian music industry uses tons of Pakistani songs ( the Indians are not aware).Moreover, the Indians are always actively recruiting our established artists, such as, Rahat, Fateh Ali, Ataf, and Bagga etc. If the embargo on Pakistan cricket was truly due to political tensions, then the Indians wouldn't be so selective - they'd be barring our cricket coaches, artists, musicians, writers and use of our songs etc. There - I rest my case. This is sinister and by design - why do we bother with India as it won't ever stop conspiring against Pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

Afridi's fireworks against any type of bowling marks him as a saviour from the jaws of defeat. He played an incredible innings against India and another scintillating knock versus Bangladesh He goes with extraordinary power and concentration for his shots and the ball speeds like bullets or drop like cannon-balls over the ropes. When T20 is all about sixes and fours, it would be a delight to watch Afridi in full flow.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 5, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

If you see carefully, Shakib scored 44 off 16 balls.He was no less than Afridi but his innings came in a loosing cause.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 15:45 GMT)

excellent knock by afridi... what a turnaround by an individual in such a pressure situation. Would love to see afridi playing the same way in the final.

Posted by bouncer709 on (March 5, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

People who think Afridi can not play against Fast bowlers can try him with fast bowlers. But it is just matter of time. Yesterday he had done his job against BD spinners so he hold it back against seamers a bit, even got unfit but still managed sixes from seamer. and it is also impossible to stop him from taking singles.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 15:07 GMT)

Afridi you beauty.... what a classic performance by him.... and BIG3 what a shame..... they event cant qualify for the the finals of U19 and Asiacup... after coming in the power... and also salute to the performance of shezad, hafeez and fawad... they were excellent yesterday

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

excuse me Mr vipinchirackal. behave or tinge enough is enough afridi is one n only in the world who can bat in any situation any kind of bowling atak not like tendulkar sehwag or sharma who can scores only in Indian grounds we called it tennis grounds small grounds small peoples small think grow up yar plz afridi is afridi he can perform every where any ground and any kind of bowling atak in the world tendlker sehwag and sharma had scored 200s in ur own home tenis grounds we called it tennis grounds BCz they r so small grounds why India faled to win a match in nz? bcz u r home grond winners !!! we beat world no 1 team sa in south Africa BC we are winners plz don't forget miandad and afridi big sixes remember we r winner's we r big hitters plz remembr don't forget post by sami

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 14:53 GMT)

To all the Pakistan fans: I'm not jealous or envious of Afridi whatsoever. Why should I be??? Do all of you seriously think he's a proper batsman??? He is blind hitter and that's all he'll ever be. He used to open the batting a long time ago and now comes in at no. 6. But he's a very lucky batsman. When it's his day he can take the game away from any opposition. But seriously against good bowlers he just cannot continue his good form. All he ever does is to blindly swing his bat. He's more of a bowling all rounder than a batting one.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 14:52 GMT)

I can understand y ppl are jealous from afridi.things he do is not possible in real life.according to harsha bhogle during his innings against BD,"its like a movie.that someone has created a character to change the script".thats tell the story about afridi.and about his ability to play pacers, after his brutal innings against south africa, jp dumminy and ab devilliers said that this guy is amazing and he has an extraordinary handeye combination. so whatever you say he is the best in the business .there will be other lara or tendulkars but there will be no afridi again ;)

Posted by wapuser on (March 5, 2014, 14:52 GMT)

Wats the point arguing for, afridi played very well and the teams who r out jus watch the final of Pakistan vs Sri Lanka

Posted by Arsal07 on (March 5, 2014, 14:37 GMT)

Varun stop hatting. Just accept the fact. Tell me just 1 title that did not got by pak team? Well, T20 is coming and WC also, u will get ur answer. If BCCI continues his work like now a days, team get punished again. And remember, T20 cup and WC will be held at Australia's and NZ's pitches. I hope u got my point.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 14:14 GMT)

pakistan team is going in their top gear and clearing every hurldle which is in their way to become the world number 1 team.they have got good young batch of players as ahmed shehzad, umer akmal , nasir, sharjeel, harris sohail, umar amin, sohaib maqsood, talha, junaid and may others to help them in thier goal.pakistan will slam big three proposals not by their words but through their wins on india england and australia

Posted by amumtaz on (March 5, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

There is a huge debate that Afridi innings are not worth it. Anyone can do it. Well folks, there were enough opportunities to all teams in this tournament to repeat his performance or even better it. But no one did it. Nope, no Indian batsmen scored any bristling centuries here. He did it. That's what makes him special. And he has been doing it consistently for the past 18 years. Yes, that's how long has he been around. And he will continue to do it till he plays his last game sometime around the 2015 World Cup tournament.

He is one of a kind and when he fires, we can all just watch the fireworks and bask in his glory.

Posted by ABKhanISB on (March 5, 2014, 14:00 GMT)

@Varun Upadhye

My friend hate will burn you totally, like its burning you now. Just accept you have a very mediocre team with bad bowling and keep praising Sachin even though he is nothing in front of legend Sangakara

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

varun dont bother abt the final...but he knocked india out yesterday as well..

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 13:49 GMT)

AFRIDI played well ..and just Afridi can play like that..no one can do but Afridi..coz AFRIDI IS OUR BOOM BOOM... i must appreciate Fawad.. Fawad was ful of confidence and playing with smile.. that was another confidence in Shaheenx team.. i have never seen before that kind of game ....i love you Sheheeno and i love you Pakistan

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 13:30 GMT)

I can understand y ppl are jealous from afridi.things he do is not possible in real life.according to harsha bhogle during his innings against BD,"its like a movie.that someone has created a character to change the script".thats tell the story about afridi.and about his ability to play pacers, after his brutal innings against south africa, jp dumminy and ab devilliers said that this guy is amazing and he has an extraordinary handeye combination. so whatever you say he is the best in the biznis .there will be other lara or tendulkars but there will be no afridi again

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 13:19 GMT)

@Varul..surprising that you ignored one simple fact. Both SRILANKA and AFGHANISTAN have thinking captains so it seems. They had done there homework well and had bowled to Afrridi in his weak areas. But that is one thing, the Brilliance of Afridi has been provedn time and time again. Even if he slogs the ball, atleast he has the ability to slog it half a mile outside the boundary.Indian bowlers have no clue as to what they are bowling and yes it includes there spinners aswell.

Posted by Mobin_My_Name on (March 5, 2014, 13:12 GMT)

No ground in world iz big enough for Boom Boom Afridi. Em sure he will get his record back in next world cup in NZ.

May be in Asia Cup Finale who knows :d

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 13:10 GMT)

unnecessary debate guys. mishits or small grounds or poor bowling or slogging or inconsistency or luck whatever you call it. the thing which matters is that he has won 2 games out of 2 for Pakistan and from almost impossible situations. so credit goes to him and should be given to him and appreciated. the criticism on him in past was also justified in a way and no doubt about it that he could have been more effective. but that has nothing to do with these 2 games and these 2 innings were good and match winning. should appreciate when some 1 does well.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 12:57 GMT)

@Francis, @Varun: You guys language is showing extreme jealousy against Afridi. You knows very well what is his caliber. For you kind information, he is also very good bowler. Many times his bowling was enough to put Pakistan in Victory. Whenever he plays sensibly he has the ability to take singles in almost every ball. So be respectful and have some courage to accept someone's achievements.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

Another great punch to so called big three. Go Pakistan go and knock them down by your excellent performances on the field.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 12:44 GMT)

Afridi is my favourite player bt yesterday he hurt me!"!

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 12:39 GMT)

BD always thinks about playing their own game, but never does any homework against the individual players it playing against. After the incredible task by Afridi against India they should have had home work as to how to bowl afridi. We saw after likes of Shakib and Razzak got beaten by Afridi, the medium pacers were safe enough against Afridi. So Shakib and Razzak should not have been used against Afridi and the scoring rate could have been reduced by introducing pacers. However! What can you do! SHakib's ball hit the leg stamp with force but the bells were unmoved. This is that kind of day when nothing works! But congratulation to Pakistan for their win and congrats to Bangladesh for putting up a fight after got beaten by Afghanistan, that makes the Asia cup an enjoyable event. Best of luck to BD for SLK match and 20-20 world cup.

Posted by Blackholesun on (March 5, 2014, 12:36 GMT)

@ PPL11

Everyone bats well when there is no expectation. I hope people would realize what type of pressure Sachin had on him, The weight of billion people expecting every time Sachin to win a match for them is mind boggling yet he has performed so well throughout his career

Posted by Arsal07 on (March 5, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

I do not want to speak but i saw some nonesense comments by indians. They said, afridi is just a slogger. Ok i agreed But he is a v ehanced slogger that u or other world will never be able to produce such talent ever. And they said, the BANG bowling was poor so he smashed them. Do u remember his 102 against india? At that time u have anile kumble, harbhajan, zaheer and other good bowlers. And they said, Boundry was short so making a six was easy. Who advised ICC to make those boundries short? Ur BCCI, so ur so called stars the bunch of IPL production can hit runs, but they were failed coz they are not one day players they are also sloggers and v bad ones. Just kohli and sharma are good players. And they said, Pakistan or afridi are on top just in a blue moon. Ok What about ur team? Say it to kohli, please make 183 every time against pak Or to sharma to make 200 in every match. Shame on u all.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

Please accept your defeat varul and whoever he is. Afridi is famous for his slogs and made fastest century record in his debut match against good srilankan attack. We keep Afridi in the team because we have faith on him. So please stop banishing him :). I knew him before he started playing for pakistan and he was famous for his hitting even on club level cricket. I just wanted to say he is the best hitter in the world even now this age.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 12:26 GMT)

Afridi is a Match winning player... he won the T20 WC for Pak with his consistency.. and became man of the series ...

Posted by St.John on (March 5, 2014, 12:17 GMT)

Don't agree with Francis Mel. Afridi is not just a slogger. I don't think anyone would call Kevin Petersson or Shewag or Gilchrist sloggers or for that matter Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya. I've seen Afridi playing elegant defensive strokes too, so he isn't the roughneck character Mel paints him out to be...

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

Afridi is a bowling all rounder and when he scored in crucial time and change the shape of the match by his batting style then its the plus point. Afridi hit against South africa ..and every one knows that S.African team is a full of bowling capabilities. So Boom Boom Afridi is back and we wish he may play alot of this kind of innings and keep slaps on the hatters face (Y)

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 12:13 GMT)

Hahaha, Loving Those Hatred Comments for Afirdi, OMG,,, Loving Afridi Even More Now...

That's the Kinda inning we require from you once or twice in a year, otherwise you are doing a wonderful Job as a bowler !!

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 12:09 GMT)

@Varun dont be jealous , he is a legend, top class batsman hitter, top bowler, top fielder, no other player has courage and strength like afridi. He has proved lot of time in pressure matches with top class hitting.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 12:08 GMT)

Virat Kohli is on of the great player.. He has done couples of hundred in just few matches. But he failed against Pakistani Bowling. Did anyone notice his bad expressions in match like hotting. Being a captain of a big team like India it is bad even worst behavior. Sorry to say many players in Indian team like Kohli has negative attitude or behavior. Whatever you say about Afridi or other players of Pakistan, this reality "Afridi is a real star and people love even Indian also".

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 12:08 GMT)

hahaha i love the fact that afridi not only destroy teams with his power but make other teams fans show their true colours in jealousy.ahhhh i guess his sixes longer than people think they go

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 12:05 GMT)

@Varun dont be jelous , he is a legend, top class batsman hitter, top bowler, top fielder, no other player has courage and strength like afridi.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

Being an indian, We loves afridi to perform well..!! he is the real entertainment for the cricket world, if he performs in his nature.! Normally he is not given importance to his batting..and pak team also. But when it is needed, he used to deliver. it realy nice to see him in Form. gud luck to pak team and afridi for the future games!!!~

Posted by atthipatti on (March 5, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

I too know of a special flower called Strobilanthes kunthiana in the South Indian hill station Kodaikanal. The speciality of this flower is that it blooms once in 12 years. Now we Indians too can boast of something which blooms sometimes!! LOL

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 11:55 GMT)

No matter what u say about Afridi .He is a world class player.He has both bating and batting power .If he fails in one he proves himself with the other power....

Posted by jaffers1 on (March 5, 2014, 11:54 GMT)

@vipinchirackal

Are you sleeping a few months back when he made 88 off 48 in South Africa? Hit every SA bowler. Excuse me your Burnt Heart is showing. Look over his career stats buddy before posting such silly comments. He is not an ordinary batsman but once in a lifetime unique, gifted cricketer. A complete package. But since he is human so do not expect him a machine and perform every time he goes out.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 11:51 GMT)

@ Varun Upadhye : It's so visible that you are envious, if it was an Indian player, I bet your reaction would have been different. Chil lout man , thats Afridi we are talking about , he is still 4th highest man of the match winner after Tendulkar, Jaysuruya and Kallis with 32 man of the match. That's how he rolls, like a a true entertainer and mind you he is not a batsman, he started playing cricket as a spinner and turned into a bowling all rounder. Just enjoy cricket man....

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

Well, it is only the Blessings of ALLAH that Afridi has earned so much fame. We all know that there are even batter entertainers waiting their turns. As far as afridi is concern, he is so luckly. Top class batsmen are always wait for the wrong ball for hit but it was only afridi who hit the best ball for six. We are all the witness of this. Sometimes he delivers and sometime he doesn't. it is all about game of cricket . And it is all about BOOM BOOM AFRIDI. well-done Afridi for providing us such a entertainment . We love you

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 11:46 GMT)

@Yasir Khan : Well said......... Afridi has won the most man f the matches in Pakistan team . There were many names in Pakistan team but no one of them won so many matches for PAKISTAN what Afridi did

Posted by jaffers1 on (March 5, 2014, 11:41 GMT)

@Varun Upadhye

Fine Afridi is a slogger. Can a slogger attain the stats he has. Consult stats guru. Don't feel so bad if IND had never produced such a match winner. Fans like you spoils the broth. Give credit when it is and where due. He is AWESOME and sometimes words can not describe his adventures. There are so many. Keep dreaming for his failure. You would learn on coming Saturday

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 5, 2014, 11:39 GMT)

@Varun:For your info..Afridi has played such inngs against almost every team & everywhere in the world..be it in SA or Aus,he always plays like that..& Indian Bowlers were always Afridi's fav target.Slogger or whatever..Really enjoy when he is busy smashing no good Indian Bowlers..There's a reason why he has so many mom awards & in top 5 right now (most mom awards)..

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 11:33 GMT)

All those who r critisizing Afridi are real loosers. Afridi have kicked their teams out of the tournament and now they are giving excuses. He is a geniun match winner and real fighter. Also Afridi can bowl faster then your fast bowlers. The Big3 shits are loosing everything on the ground. they lost in U19 worldcup. and they will b c more demise in T20 WC very soon

Posted by vipinchirackal on (March 5, 2014, 11:33 GMT)

@abduraufplease tell me when he has played well agaianst top class bowling.he hasn't scored even a single century in european soil.he got all his centuries against indian,sreelanka and bengladesh except one that he got against a weak newzealand side that also at sharja the batting paradise.llok at his batting averahe a mere 23.i wonder still there are people to support his batting as soon as he got some good score against the weak bowling of india and bengladesh

Posted by getsetgopk on (March 5, 2014, 11:32 GMT)

There are more Indian posters here than the Pakistanis. And yet there was one India fan on a similar thread complaining or rather accusing Pak fans of being obsessed with India. India got bulldozed by AFRIDI single handedly and are on their way home, leading the team to the airport will be Virat Kohli, who acted more like a joker than a respected captain of a national team. Rather than complaining about how Afridi plays or doesn't play his cricket, you guys need to advise Kohli to work on his childish behaviour on the field. India lost to NZ, an 8th ranked team, how hard is it to understand India losing to Pak and SL?

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 11:26 GMT)

people claiming afridi is a slogger or not a batsmen better go eat some dust he has become a star, even america did Afridi's day, so even hes nothing he has got fame and respect, what u got? talking bad about others? youre more worse than anyone :)

Posted by Shahid06 on (March 5, 2014, 11:26 GMT)

@ Varun Upadhye: Sour grapes......like Kohli..... How childish....Kohli complaining about the short boundaries as if India played their innings at MCG and Pakistan played theirs in BD....

A few players can do what Afridi did yesterday....It was more than 100 required of 50 odd balls.. We can argue about him not selecting the right balls to hit but we cannot say he always slogs. He proved it in T20 WC triumph of Pakistan and he is proving it here as well that when he plays by using his head..No one can stop him.....So please do give him the credit he deserves....

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 11:22 GMT)

@Varun Upadhey .... I can feel your frustration, anger and jeleousey. .. lol. I know Afridi is a bowling alrounder but here I know he snatch the victory from Indian's and Bangali's Jaw.... hehe

Posted by keptalittlelow on (March 5, 2014, 11:21 GMT)

There is no one like Afridi, don't forget he is the World Record holder for hitting the highest number of SIXES in ODIs. How many times Afridi scored a fifty in less than 20 balls, I cant even remember.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 11:20 GMT)

is it not crazy enough to have so many articles and discussion about one man.some people work hard and some are born lucky.afridi has GOD. gifted powers and one hell of a lucky guy that after all these years so many ppl even in pak management and players was and are so jealous of him but if stays in team.high up there someone is looking after him.good luck our pashtun son.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 11:14 GMT)

dats the batting we are looking for so long :D thanx to hafeez' shehzad' fawad and one n only Shahid Khan Afridi luve u all... now i am sure misbah can trust on their batting line and he will score some quick runs in future. team Pakistan u really make us Proud nation.... GOD bless to all ov u <3

Posted by PPL11 on (March 5, 2014, 11:07 GMT)

Afridi bats best when there is no expectations on him - If Pakistan management just treat him as a good spin bowler who can bowl 10 - So with no pressure on him while batting he can win more matches for pakistan just need to manage him batter

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 10:56 GMT)

Afidi is nothing more than a slogger. sometines he gets lucky while most other times he fails. I feel that India has the worst bowling in the world right now. Surprising for the current world champions. And so does Bangladesh. They have good batsmen but ordinary bowlers. Afridi played against India and Bangladesh but failed against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka who have better bowlers.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 10:49 GMT)

Afidi is nothing more than a slogger. sometines he gets lucky while most other times he fails. I feel that India has the worst bowling in the world right now. Surprising for the current world champions. And so does Bangladesh. They have good batsmen but ordinary bowlers. Afridi played against India and Bangladesh but failed against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka who have better bowlers.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 10:46 GMT)

Personally I dont think Afridi is a batsmen in the classical sense. If he tried to play a ball on its merit, he would look like a no 11 batsmen. But he is the World best slogger. By building an image of trying to hit everyball irrespective of the bowler or situation and sticking to this strategy even in the face of all criticism, he has successfully masked this weakness. We ask why can't he play the ball normally? The answer is he d√łesnt know how.If its a 6, we say this is Afridi the hitter and if its top edge to midoff, we say well thats his style. No matter what nobody can take anything away from Afridi success. He has earned fame, wealth, admiration and respect all on his own terms by swimming against the tide.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 10:44 GMT)

He will fail when it's required in the finals.

Posted by GodDamnYou on (March 5, 2014, 10:43 GMT)

@vipinchirackal, @Imran8370 both of you are very true Sl also have good history of giving opportunities to this kind of Bullies to perform in international level otherwise these kind of players would never be given to play even in club levels. he play one/two game well and then perform very pathetic way for years, poor fans and team management tend to forget everything afterwards.Sadly this is very common in all subcontinent team. What a wast of young talents.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 10:41 GMT)

Kudos to Misbah to stick with Afridi. Afridi made it for him in two matches. Where us our Mahraraja Dhoni never had faith on Yuvi/Veeru, both would be more than useful in these conditions both with the bat & ball. With small boundaries Veeru would have created some records surely. Yuvi is an excellent all-rounder who has the ability to take more wickets than our so called bowlers. Long live IPL!!!. We can only stick to IPL and know how to make money.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 10:34 GMT)

Afridi is a enigma. He has been a controversial figure since his debut and this has only added to his popularity. He claimed to be 17 but he looked 27. Some of his knocks have been devastating and few have even come against good knocks. He even opened the innings in Tests for Pakistan at one point! How Pakistan have kept faith in him after failure after failure is surprising and frustrating at the same time. I guess selecting Afridi is like playing the lottery. You buy a ticket every week and every once in a while you will cash in some money. Afridi is probably the only cricketer whose style will not change if he batting in a World Cup game or a game of street cricket. Ofcourse you cannot forget Afridi the bowler too.

Posted by Imran8370 on (March 5, 2014, 10:10 GMT)

@vipinchirackal: Having Said"except india,bengladesh and zimbabwe"....

Do you know he also hold a world record of 65 sixes against a single team having Malinga now and previously Vaas & Murli yup thats Sri Lanka. lame excuse

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 10:05 GMT)

@asim iqtadar. learn from rahul how to post a comment.i mean you Dnt know yourself what are you taking about let alone criticising afridi.the point here is not how consistent afridi is but the way he explodes is just unreal.the whole Pakistani team is never consistent so should we dont count them as a bonus to cricket world as well.

Posted by AbdulRauf-99 on (March 5, 2014, 10:00 GMT)

@vipinchirackal,Afridi can't stand against quality pace bowlers? Do you remember in the first odi against south africa in south africa when Afridi blasted 36 runs from less then 20 balls? and in the 3rd odi (in the same series) when he absolutely smashed their FAST BOWLERS FOR 88 RUNS OFF JUST 48 BALLS? surely you must be sleeping when that happened.

Posted by JustIPL on (March 5, 2014, 9:57 GMT)

Had misbah had enough time out there in the middle in the both the matches then afridi would not have been required at all. anyway afridi made sure there are no ifs and buts anymore.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 9:55 GMT)

A Super Star, As said by Swing of Sultan, in reply of Sunil Gasvakar, During the match b/w Pak & Ind.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

AFRIDI made the only difference and no bowling attack in the world cud stop him when he play like thz. Well played Bangladesh.....Go Ahead for t20 world cup final with Pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 9:25 GMT)

Unfortunate for Bangladesh! Nevertheless valiant effort put by bat and ball too. Pakistan at last emerged as a winner until 90 overs of the game Bangladesh dominated it. Thanks to Afridi's blinder, which once again worked Pakistan managed snatch a win from the jaw of defeat. Afridi plays with passion and a passionate person is not a risk averse. Through out his career he has been playing that way sometimes he clicks and sometimes he does not. Most important, he has clicked on several important occasions that makes him indispensable for Pakistan team.

Posted by Fahii on (March 5, 2014, 9:01 GMT)

Afridi is mad......just mad he destroyed every bowler in the world, none can stop him.

We are facing poor standard of umpring in asia cup as expected always from english umpires no surprise

Posted by SyedAftab on (March 5, 2014, 8:49 GMT)

My dear fellow, he is not saying that bangladesh conceded 250+ run in last 12 matches, but he is saying that Pak did not chase any 250+ target in last 12 matches.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 8:44 GMT)

Do not worry Misbah. He has not listened even too some of the legends. He cannot play himself in. He bats as if to hit every ball to the boundary. He has played that way his whole career. At 34, you cannot expect him to change. If he score, it is bonus. Just do not rely too much on his batting.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

Always been a fan of Afridi,Gilly and some other rapid fire batsmen...Eventhoguh got disappointed with Afridi 90 out of 100 times...other 10 times its a pleassure to watch his innings....@Vipin: You can say he is not consistent player and you can say he is not a good batsmen...But if u see the past , he didn't care about the opposition whom he is swinging his bat against and some of his good innings came in the recent South Africa one day series...and before that one old Australia series ..where he played those big shots against good pace bowlers also...

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 8:30 GMT)

Bangladesh have not conceded 12 consecutive 250+ in ODIs. Do judge your justifications dude.

Posted by bubzoo on (March 5, 2014, 8:27 GMT)

Afridi .. we like him the way he is ! Eat your hearts out buddies ... ! and for you Indian fans, you are wasting Kholi by making him the captin ... by the way he should learn to control his emotions ... !

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

Great game from both sides..Bang gave tuff time to Pak..

Posted by vipinchirackal on (March 5, 2014, 8:15 GMT)

i was thinking india had the worst bowling line up.but Bangladesh proved me wrong.they dont have even a single international quality bowler.then about afridi.he could have played like this with only spinners.if he gets qulaity pace bowlers he couldn't have existed more than one over.he has neither consistency nor quality to play with good bowling teams like australia,south africa or any team except india,bengladesh and zimbabwe

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 8:15 GMT)

Afridi is like a gem.. Everyone knows the value he adds but still criticizes. I would ask Misbah to use him correctly.. He is good and striking bowler in the foreign conditions. use his overs early and save ajmal for last ten overs. in subcontinent too his overs matters alot.. he is best at last overs in sub continent pitches.. as far his batting, he is good for last 20 overs.. dont play him before 40th in ODI unless necessity arises. otherwise make him one down. in T20, he should be up the order and asked to slog as much as possible..

my ODI team: Shehzad, Hafeez, Maqsood, Misbah,Afridi, Fawad, Akmal , Gul, Anwar ali, Ajmal and junaid khan.

T20: Sharzeel, Shehzaad, Maqsood, Afridi, Akmal, Hafeez, (any allrounder), gul, ajmal, junaid khan and anwar ali.

Go Pak.. Win Asia and T20 worldcup. we are with u..

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 8:11 GMT)

such a graet player legend man

Posted by ShamsBD on (March 5, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

yestarday afridi just reminded me when i saw him in abahani math in dhaka..there he was hitting the balls out of the ground in to residential areas..as a spectator its allways a wonder to see such tape tennis style batting played in such harmony.. though we lost.. n a huge part of it ws afridi's style of playing and our poor balling and fielding.. it still remains spectacular to watch him repeat his magics... I DON THINK ITS A FLUKE COS INDIA HAS GOT THE BITER TASTE OF AFRIDI AS WELL... N IF DIS IS THE WAY ITS IS TO BE ... BE IT TOLD PAKISTAN STANDS GUD CHANCE ON T20 AS WELL..

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 7:52 GMT)

Great played by BANGLADESH......Please give them some good fedback.as a young bangladeshi team they have very bright futur.....luck is not with them..see in t20 showing more entertaining cricket...GO TIGERS GO....

Posted by DaisonGarvasis on (March 5, 2014, 7:51 GMT)

If Afridi starts to give himself average 25-30 balls every game, Pakistan will beat any team and will chase any target. Most terrifying factor seen in yesterday's blast by Afridi was that he was not trying to hit every ball and yet hit the 50 in 18 balls!!! If he finds the balance between hitting and blocking, a few bowling careers will end at his hands!!!

Posted by NZeee on (March 5, 2014, 7:43 GMT)

Sohaib should be given another chance at no.3. Anwar Ali and Junaid Khan should be in the team in place of Abdul Rehman and Mohammad Talha.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 7:43 GMT)

I just want to say best of luck to Afridi in final...............

Posted by SHK1 on (March 5, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

Umar Akmal's cavalier attitude need to harnessed. What the hell was he thinking running out Fawad and trying to smash the ball when 6 were required of 3. I think he just wanted to take the glory of hitting the winning runs. He needs to be taught that cirket is a team and not an individual sport! Cricifo please post these comments.

Posted by Amjad.Khan on (March 5, 2014, 7:36 GMT)

What a game by Afridi, Fawad & Ahmed Shehzad !! Credit goes to all 3.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

This Asia Cup Edition is one the best edition. Cricket is a game of team work and everyone has to contribute to win Pakistan played well. The final will be another nail biting because Sri Lanka is looking good wining the series 3-0 against Bangladesh and 3 consecutive win in Asia cup so the favorites for final are Sri Lanka but best of luck Pakistan.

My Playing 11 for Pakistan will be

Hafeez - Shahzad - Maqsood - Misbah - Umar akmal - Fawad Alam - shahid afridi - Talha -Umar Gull - Saeed Ajmal - Junaid khan

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

We should realise that Afridi is the same, its just a fortune game dear. No doubt that he can hit like this, but what you have to say when he came at the crease and hit the first ball to Six. It was not a proper hit but due to Afridi power, it gone to SIX. But it he got out then we all were blaming to him and his shot selection. He always try to play like that, sometimes succeeded, manytimes failure. He had a technique not to allow bowler to come at him, but hit the bowler and dis-mental him. Sometimes he wins, other and most times the bowler wins. Simple is that. Don't count him as a batsman, count him as a bonus always.

Posted by ABLcric on (March 5, 2014, 7:30 GMT)

Boom Boom's performance started on high note (fastest ODI century) and then he remained consistently inconsistent for a long period of time. In stats terminology, his probability of good performance was 1 out of 9 outings. Now, he has performed extremely good in last few matches. Is he plateauing after long period of serious dip. Hope this is reasonably sustained!! Good Luck!

Posted by Rahul_78 on (March 5, 2014, 7:29 GMT)

Pakistan chasing 300+ totals and Afridi scoring 18 balls 50 is serious news for other teams in World Cup T20. With Shahzad and Hafeez firing at the top and Umer Akmal and Afridi scoring quick runs in late middle order should send warning signals to oppositions. We haven't yet seen the best of Sharjeel Khan yet who is an explosive player. All in all if Pakistan keep their wits about them and their batsmen keep scoring runs then there wont be any stoping them in T20. In the Asian teams only Pakistan posses bowling attack that can prevent rampant Aussie, English West Indies and SAF sides on the low and slow Bangladesh wickets. Unless Pakistan dont press the self distruct button dont be surprised to see them in the finals of the World T20.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 7:28 GMT)

We should realise that Afridi is the same, its just a fortune game dear. No doubt that he can hit like this, but what you have to say when he came at the crease and hit the first ball to Six. It was not a proper hit but due to Afridi power, it gone to SIX. But it he got out then we all were blaming to him and his shot selection. He always try to play like that, sometimes succeeded, manytimes failure. He had a technique not to allow bowler to come at him, but hit the bowler and dis-mental him. Sometimes he wins, other and most times the bowler wins. Simple is that. Don't count him as a batsman, count him as a bonus always.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 7:27 GMT)

Honestly After what he did to you in mohali in what he did day before yesterday and what he did yesterday

you call him "Overrated"

May God Give you Courage n "XSEPT"

Posted by saintsinister on (March 5, 2014, 7:27 GMT)

@vish2020 it burns right? I am sure it does. Twice single handedly he knocked you out. Learn to appreciate instead of spewing hatred. We love Afridi for his unpredictability and even at this age he is a true match winner.

Posted by anver777 on (March 5, 2014, 7:26 GMT)

Afridi is striking the ball well, like Misbah said its real plus point for Pak in the coming WCT20 !!!! " BOOM BOOM AFRIDI IS REBORN "

Posted by 0Hasan0 on (March 5, 2014, 7:22 GMT)

Poor Umpiring in asia cup ,,,, UMPIRES fav. big three suppouters

Posted by Arslan_Javed on (March 5, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

First time in his career Fawad had played a useful innings and had a great transformative come back. Other wsie he used to do scores that never helped team cause. This may and should define his future in the team.

Posted by Samee0324 on (March 5, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

Please talk about Fawad as well. He was the first one who started building innings after Sohaib's bad decision. We should not forget that the guy came on merit and proved that he can score runs on a ball. That doesnt matter how many 4 or sixes he scored but scored 70 runs on the situation with 70 balls its remarkable effort from him. my 11 will be same except Abdul Rehman should replace with Junaid Khan

Best of Luck Pakistan for Final!

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

Suggestion to Asia Cricket Council: Please consider Net Run Rate before finalizing the final schedule.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

It will be great Asia Cup if Afghanistan beats India and Bangladesh defeat Sri-Lanka in the remaining two round matches. It will make a continent of 5 competing teams. Good for Asian Cricket.

Posted by Abaa on (March 5, 2014, 6:32 GMT)

@ Md Shakhawat - Best all rounder in the world is Sakib? Says who :-O On which planet is this??? Is there no limit to the delusions of Bangladesh fans ... Jeez you guys are just like your players! No wonder they don't know the meaning of modesty or humility like other Asian greats like Dravid or Murali

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 6:10 GMT)

cricket is not cricket without afridi

Posted by safwan_tauseef on (March 5, 2014, 6:06 GMT)

My playing eleven for final 1= Ahmed Shehzad 2= Hafeez 3= Fawad 4= Misbah 5= Umar Akmal 6= Afridi 7= Anwar Ali 8= Ajmal 9= Talha 10= Umar Gul 11= Junaid Khan 1 spiner Ajmal 2 spin all rounder Hafeez and Afridi 3 fast Gull , Talha and Junaid 1 fast all rounder Anwar seven option of bowling fawad extra option of spin and batting option till no 8 In Sha Allah we win the Final for Pakistan

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 5:35 GMT)

A lot of words for Afridi's explosion but I think it is unfair for a person like FAWAD who came in the team after 3 & half years break and played a responsible innings (not much appreciation for him). It may be too early but after Misbah retirement; Pakistan will need atleast a player who can play sensibly. I think Fawad Alam or Azher Ali may fulfill his position in long run.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 5:30 GMT)

I think fawad alam should be playing in the team in place of sohaib as fawad is a brilliat middle order batsman to keep the score board moving with out taking risks...

My playing 11....For the final.

1-Sharjeel 2-Shahzad 3- Hafeez 4-Umar akmal 5- Misbah 6-Fawad Alam 7- shahid afridi 8-Bilawal Bhatti 9-Umar Gull 10- Saeed Ajmal 11- Junaid khan

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 5:28 GMT)

one of the bestest chaser in d world.. goo boom boom afridi.

Posted by vish2020 on (March 5, 2014, 5:28 GMT)

If Afridi was this good, he will be know as the best finisher of game like Dhoni but Afridi is just in insane form right now but we all know boom boom is bust most of the times. Overhyped cricketer most of the games. he will play 20-25 balls if he makes it that far. usually he swings like a schoolboy and gets out.

Posted by TRahim on (March 5, 2014, 5:27 GMT)

Looks like the 90's style is back for Pakistan, the way they played in the 1999 worldcup where Abdul Razzaq and Moin Khan were do all the hitting in the last 5 overs.

Posted by chinnu_rocking231 on (March 5, 2014, 4:38 GMT)

@Jaishankar Venkatesan I thght it was afridi who is ignorant... but there are so many people like him.. ICC has changed rules stating that when bowler cannot be assisted when he injured during bowling the same should be applied to batters... even if its IND SL ENG AUS SA which ever team may b .. the same rule will apply ok go read the rules and cm back :P lol these people are ...

Posted by Thenain on (March 5, 2014, 4:32 GMT)

In cricket, first 20 balls are critical for every batsmen. Thereafter, it just requires the right temperament to build innings. In afridi case, mere 20-30 balls seem enough to turn the course of match

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 4:15 GMT)

Some Indian fans trying to say afridi is one off man! He is much valuable player with his effective bowling and explosive batting. He is a great fielder. Not many Indian players have all three skills in them to match Afridi.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 4:04 GMT)

Great team work by Greens.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 3:51 GMT)

may be he should have started doing this 10 years before

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 3:42 GMT)

it was very unusual to see pak bowling attack was off and I hope its a quick fix since T20 will be played in BD and with having great bowling attack and batting clicking the future is bright for pak cricket. #believe

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 3:14 GMT)

unstopable pakistan is in form now sahid afridi is in form nowwe have a hope to win every match with india come on cheer up for pakistan cricket team!!!!! supporter from nepal!!

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 3:11 GMT)

Wham Bam Thank you MAM..it was Afridi all the way. What an innings. I failed to understand why umpire negated for a by-runner which should have been given, given the critical match situation. If it was Australia, England, or NZ or SA or INDIA they would have given. I feel there is a bias towards Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka both by umpires not providing the right kind of support at the crucial moment when the situation warrant it. Ultimately Afridi & Fadwa took the odds and beat the Bangladesh. Bangladesh also played their best game..it was fun to watch. Being an INDIAN..I truely believe that the Cricket The Game is the Winner. Now the Match is Poised for the Show down of the Gladiators ( Pakistan & Sri-Lanka). The problem with India is the Batsman have a heinous task of resurrecting an Innings due to the Poor bowling options. When there is Bias towards a particular player India can never every play its potential.

Posted by Fogu on (March 4, 2014, 23:53 GMT)

Misbah doesn't get enough credit. He has been an angel for PK cricket. His steady leadership is the reason for PK's comeback. PK was struggling with issues on and off the field when he took over and look at them now. Their batting unit is settling down and bowling is world class. A big fan of Misbah from BD.

Posted by mali313 on (March 4, 2014, 22:10 GMT)

We cannot ignore the two important sixes from Fawad in the end. Pakistan is getting out of dendency of losing matches in end which is really great. In sh Allah, they will keep this up. Cricket is the 2nd name of confidence game.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 21:49 GMT)

Congratulation Pakistan but my heart is always for my lovely Bangladesh. Wait and see the next generation cricket for the world. BGD don't afraid any more country in the world. They now give the challenge to any big country those who criticize BGD before. Next blow is coming for them. Well done Musi and Team. Though Afridi is Boom Boom but look Best All rounder in the world Sakib, 46 in 17balls. The days are not too far to say Sakibul Sakibul Sakibul.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 21:38 GMT)

Well Played Pakistan. After very long time today Pakistan did not panicked while chasing a big total and at the end that was the reason of success!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 21:17 GMT)

yes agreed. afridis form with bat will be very crucial for wct20. which is just days away now. and really boast pakistans chance. also good to see hafeez and ahmed among runs as both will be int20.

afridis innings was great and the best part was that he was scoring singles inbetween and thats how you can go big. so a much much sensible innings by him. not just power hitting. he picked them well.

ahmed played well. only issue is that he is very slow starter. he does it all the time. this can work few times but not in every game and puts immense presure on his partners. huge difference between his strike rate at 1 st 20-30 runs and after 50.

good contribution by fawad alam. he lived to his reputation in domestic cricket. being ignored & comeback game. he injected the urgency. busy at wicket. playing sensible & maintaining good strike rate without risks. others should learn from him. liked his commitment in center. should be a permanent part in middle order .

Posted by Adnan-Ahmed on (March 4, 2014, 20:40 GMT)

Must be a relief for Misbah to see the batting line-up contributing well without him performing...the man has carried the load so long now, it's about time others stepped up.

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