Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Sharjah

Shahid Afridi had 'point to prove'

Umar Farooq in Sharjah

November 21, 2011

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Shahid Afridi drives during his half-century, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Sharjah, November 20, 2011
Shahid Afridi's half-century gave Pakistan a defendable total, which he defended © AFP
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Shahid Afridi has said that he had a "point to prove" after his match-winning performance in Sharjah helped Pakistan secure the one-day series against Sri Lanka 3-1 with a game in hand. Afridi scored 75 before taking 5 for 35, becoming the only cricketer to score a half-century and take five wickets in two ODIs, leading Pakistan to a 26-run win in a low-scoring contest.

"I had a point to prove and actions speak louder than words," said Afridi, who had come out of conditional retirement before the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka. "There were a lot of challenges and there were a lot things that I had to prove wrong [about me].

"I know there is a lot of expectation from me and I too understand how my batting could help the team. I am doing exactly according to the demand, as I made my comeback with an aim and goal. Now I want to play cricket and nothing else, and focus on my game."

Afridi began his innings with Pakistan in disarray at 71 for 5 in the 24th over. While wickets continued to fall at the other end, he batted with authority and control, scoring 75 off 65 balls to drive his team to 200, a defendable target on a slow pitch.

"I was expected to take singles, instead of sixes," Afridi said. "I am feeling great to have such a great performance, which helped Pakistan win. Earlier, when I was batting, I got the message from Misbah [ul-Haq] to bat for the whole (50) overs. I tried my best at my end with Saeed Ajmal, who did a great job."

Sri Lanka, however, were cruising towards the target, having reached 155 for 3 in the 38th over with Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene batting fluently. Afridi began Pakistan's fightback by bowling Sangakkara for 58.

"When Sri Lanka were in a winning position, the captain [Misbah] said we needed just one wicket, and I was lucky that I got Sangakkara out," Afridi said. "Then we were able to change the situation."

Afridi dismissed Jayawardene as well, for 55, and ripped through the lower order to complete a five-wicket haul. When Thisara Perera skied the ball and was caught by Umar Akmal in the 46th over, Sri Lanka had lost seven wickets for 19 runs to be dismissed for 174. Misbah's leadership, Afridi said, was ideal.

"The way Misbah is leading, it's great and the management is very good," he said. "I want seniors to take more responsibility [though], because I don't want youngsters to be told in every meeting that they must improve. So I want to set some examples for the new players."

Misbah gave Afridi his due but also praised his players for a team effort. "The main thing is the collective effort," he said. "Every individual is performing in different matches and a collective effort is seen. Every player is playing his role."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by   on (November 24, 2011, 17:14 GMT)

shahid bhai you are rock

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (November 23, 2011, 10:45 GMT)

People who praise Afridi for his 75 couldn't be genuine cricket followers. If they were, they would have known that this was Afridid's first 50+ score in 14 ODIs. This means he more or less failed Pakistan in 13 ODIs and caused Pakistan to win in a desperate situation in 1 ODI. As a Pak supporter, I don't like such odds. For me Afridi, has always been someone who was a brilliant bowler, a very capable captain, and a good fielder (within the worst fielding side in the world). This is no mean feat. But, please don't call him what he is not - a batsman.

Posted by USAPakCricFollower on (November 22, 2011, 16:17 GMT)

Although I am a Pak cricket fan, I for one agree with Sachinda Nand's comments. This was a great performance from Afridi, the one that is worthy of the Boom Boom title. However there is still more hype about him than the allround performance. The Boom Boom title was coined for batting, the bowling came later. Alas, he has failed with the bat a lot and in the process failed his team most of the times. Only once in a while he comes up with this kind of performance and people talk about it, forgetting all the failures. I wish he would wise up, listen to the captain and management as he did on Sunday, and he will score a lot more runs and help his team win a lot more.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2011, 15:19 GMT)

Congratulations to AFRIDI for the decent innings of 75(65)with bat and for a superb spell as 6.2-1-12-5 with ball. His temperament in this innings was pleasent. I saw in him a great batsman by looking for gapes and singles rather for rash shots. Hope for ur consistency with bat , "AND I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST YOU THREE THINGS- TO ALWAYS LOOK FOR SINGLES, TO RESPECT GOOD DELIVERIES, HAVE PATIENCE TO WAIT FOR POOR ONES.

Posted by V.Jammy on (November 22, 2011, 13:29 GMT)

Superb performance from Afridi. Come on man, just keep on performing like this. I wish that you play for 2 more World Cups, scores more than 10,000 runs & take more wickets than Muralitharan. You are only player in the current Pakistan team, whom the cricket lovers from all over the world love to watch !!

Posted by poderdubdubdub on (November 22, 2011, 13:03 GMT)

Vintage Afridi Boom Boom!

Posted by   on (November 22, 2011, 7:54 GMT)

@sachida Nand you said afridi should bring consistency in his performance how much consistent yu want he's in top ten bowler ranking and even started to perform with bat that consistency is being from W 11 how much else you want it to be??

Posted by   on (November 22, 2011, 6:25 GMT)

@Sachinda Nand...just to let you know, Sanath Jayasuriya is one of only 2 players in ODI history to have scored more than 6000 runs and take more than 300 wickets...know who is the 2nd player?? Shahid Afridi!!...even if you look at his test batting average, its above 35 with 7 fifties and 5 hundreds in just 20 matches..he might not be the most consistent but he is a genuine match winner who has won more matches for Pakistan than players with bigger reputations...give credit where it is due!! :)

Posted by SirThomas on (November 22, 2011, 4:42 GMT)

In response to some of the comments on statistics, this is probably the page that was being referred:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;spanmin1=1+Jan+2011;spanval1=span;template=results;type=team

Posted by Irfan_chn on (November 22, 2011, 0:21 GMT)

Amazing performance from Afridi!! I was wondering before the start of the match if he can bat well it will be great and he displayed his superb batting performance after a long time. The whole world know how devastating Afridi is with his bowling, if he can continue this batting stint then he can always prove a point ;) I wish pak takes the series 4-1 that will help them increase the ODI ranking.

Pakistan is not the team to be ranked No.6, with the kinda talent they possess it is simply unbelievable. Hope they come back to be among odi top 3 teams.

Posted by Desihungama on (November 21, 2011, 22:41 GMT)

@Sachida Nand - Did you see him go down into turf and making a comeback? And then, took 5 wickets? Do you seriously think if another player would have done the same and came back instead of rushing for the dressing room? Now hear this, after 329 ODI's (albiet a below par average) he has a strike rate of over 114. That to me is mind boggling.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 21:29 GMT)

lets not jump to conclusions yet people..

Afridi has ALOT left to prove. This team is gelling wonderfully however and hopefully they shall continue to do so.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 20:35 GMT)

Well the point is, that he is a bowling all rounder sums up all for his fans !

His performance with the ball is unarguably the best right now, and easily he is the best leg spinner of the world (although there are'nt much leg spinners arround these days ). With saeed ajmal and M.hafeez, and A.REHMAN sitting , this concludes the best limited overs spin attack of the world (UN DOUBTEDLY)

His roll with the bat is his plus point, if he chips in with 20s and 30s more regularly, THEN SAFELY his job is done !!! if per each 10 innings he bat, he maintains average of 26 or more, then he is doing a fine job , BEING A BOWLING Alrounder

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 19:05 GMT)

Well well well. Afridi plays one good knock in 20 odd innings and goes on saying he had a point to prove. He still has a big point to prove, play like this for another 6 times in next 15 games and then call yourself an all rounder. Great performance and I'm happy for him, but the kinda attention he gets for no reason, he should come up with such performance more often than not. He will never be a great player if he can't be consistent. For me, he is still a good leg spinner who can slog a bit. Prove me wrong Afridi and trust me I'll be glad for Pakistan. They always had the talent, but never the good management and responsible players.

Posted by criccritez on (November 21, 2011, 18:55 GMT)

Mr.Qasim Hassan, You sounded exactly like Waqar Younus, who represent pakistan in the Commentary box, but always against pakistani cricketers except Mohd Hafiz. To me Afridi's performence is always greater either with the ball or the bat. We all know the stats but under these circumstances along with the PCB politics, A pakistani cricketer fights in the ground against the other team, fights with media and PCB out of the ground.

Posted by tanvir1974 on (November 21, 2011, 18:43 GMT)

misbah and younas will to retire from odi and t20 and focuss only on test cricket we need youngster now to keep up till next world cup which only can be leaded by afridi.

Posted by RohithMedisetty on (November 21, 2011, 17:34 GMT)

With bat afridi is not as consistent as he is with bowling. when was the last time he played a substantial innings .

Posted by Desihungama on (November 21, 2011, 17:14 GMT)

@John Sunder - Thank for your comment. He has already won 2 Man of the Match award in this series with one game to go and mind you almost would have been the MoM again had he not been run out in the 2nd ODI. I'd say that's pretty remarkable effort. Afridi is fragile and needs to be handled with care. Misbah is just the right Captain Afridi needs. I have no doubt that we will see more consistent performances from him in future.

Posted by astromind on (November 21, 2011, 16:33 GMT)

Very soon Shahid Afridi will regain his captaincy ___ INSHA'ALLAH !

Posted by donda on (November 21, 2011, 16:01 GMT)

Afridi wanted to prove both Waqar and Ijaz butt wrong and it only happens in pakistan that after winning the series a captain is sacked. Only in pakistan. After losing the WC, every body praised Afridi and after winning series in WI PCB made his life miserable. What a board . No other board can achieve what PCB did.

Great job by Lala and i love it when his pathani ability comes to prove some thing and he do it like a pathan and a lion. Have fun lala.

Posted by liaqathussain on (November 21, 2011, 15:28 GMT)

one preformance wil not blow me off my feet but it was a wonderful preformance from afridi and co,

PAKISTAN zindabad,

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 15:28 GMT)

Afrdi Rulles!!!!He has done it all. ..Afrdi plays the game with heart and soul and always gives his 100%...there's always be haters and people who are never satisfie but then it takes all kind to make up the world. Well done Shaid Afrdi Khan...you are among the best of current "AR" in the world...Pakistan needed this bad and there's more to come from BOOM BOOM....

Posted by getsetgopk on (November 21, 2011, 15:24 GMT)

@khurramsch: yea he had to prove people like you wrong it had to be done people like Ijaz Butt had to be shown the way out once and forever.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 14:46 GMT)

Well ! Afridi Prove Him Self as a All-Rounder. Afridi Polished and Polished them self day by day match by match.. and INSHALLAH Afridi will be available long time for PAKISTAN team GooD Luck ...

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 14:43 GMT)

Afridi is the number one all rounder in the world

Posted by sherishahmir on (November 21, 2011, 14:36 GMT)

Great performance by our young team and overall quality cricket by both teams, both sides are going through a transition phase to build up for future by learning from their mistakes. Time to also resume cricket between Pak & India which could nt happen for quite a long time and hoping to be taken place in near future. In the end tributes to Pak team and Misbah that Pak is winning outside Pakistan which needs lots of praises and appreciation also hoping the return of international cricket in Pakistan, insAllah it has to eventually happen and whenever it will happen it should be start with our sincere cricket friends of Srilanka.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 12:56 GMT)

afridi got a kind of different talent that everybody in the cricket knows well... but he is not playing for his country, he is playing for himself.. not only he, if u look at the current sries vs lankans how many run out chances made by themselves, they are playing for individual pride not for country.. younus is the best example , secondly the dominating afridi.. no understanding... they are mixing up AGGRESSION & TALENT at wrong time which means they are not using the both at correct time.. AFRIDI is playing for his pride, he want to be a hero alone not all other mates of his team...

Posted by Fanatic_cricko on (November 21, 2011, 12:31 GMT)

A magnificient and MAD MAX all around perfomance to remember for long time.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 12:21 GMT)

JM2000 What are you talking about? Of course Afridi has plenty to prove especially as a batsman. He has plenty of flaws. He cannot play fast bowlers or short balls. Just look at his rubbish batting average. He usually gives his wicket away not because of a good ball being bowled. It's the 1st half century he has made in over 15 matches. Too many people fancy Afridi and love him off. He played well for once with bat and ball during the last game though.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 12:21 GMT)

Keep ut pants on everyone, too much praise, great performance, move on, look for the next milestone.

Posted by gulsaj70 on (November 21, 2011, 12:11 GMT)

Current Pakistan team is getting along well with the captain and we can sense the glimps of unity in the dressing room, even the one was always accused of grouping is now quiet and prays to find a place in the team, players now realized that the only thing that can be in their favor is "perform with hand and not with your tongue or sit out" thankfully Afridi got that right and result is obivious....Get going Afridi and Goodluck for future..

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 12:00 GMT)

wht 'point to prove' ? :)

Posted by SHAHILLL on (November 21, 2011, 11:56 GMT)

Afridi is just Asian Second Lion After Imran Khan ....I'm assure that No one reached his records such like 100s in 37 Balls . He is still capable to do again in lesser than in T20 If he just concentrate. Believe me ....Before He will away from Cricket ....I'm sure that He will be made some unbreakable records which would be remain known as Boom Boom till 100s of years ....He is Tsunami .......He is Volcano.........He is Cyclone ........ Do you feel, am i mad ? Then Sure Yes, I'm proud to be MAD Fan of Shahid Afridi.........JUST SALUTE TO SHAHIZADA SHAHID KHAN AFRIDI

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 11:41 GMT)

It was a BOOOM BOOOOM GAME

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 11:20 GMT)

A responsible inning from afridi after a long time, good to see, Love you Afridi, Love Pakistan Misbah should not be part of ODI team, he is leading the team well in test only, Selectors need to understand it

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 10:58 GMT)

Might not do the same with the bat consistently but he has been the best ODI Pakistani bowler over the past 3 years!!

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 10:06 GMT)

I am sure Afridi was referring to Waqar and his statement that 'Afridi should talk on the field'. Well, Mr X Coach, he did it, in his own style. Now keep on appreciating him from the commentary box.

Posted by stormy16 on (November 21, 2011, 9:49 GMT)

Afridi proved what we already know - the guy is a serious match winner second to none on his day. He is now probably one of the best one day bowlers around. I cant for the life of me work out why Pakistant and Afridi cant get more out of his batting. He can bat anywhere and 10 overs from him could seal the game but somehow this doesnt happen often enough.

Posted by GreatWhitePathan on (November 21, 2011, 9:26 GMT)

The obvious question is why has it taken Afridi over 15 years to finally mature and understand the responsibility and expectations of a whole nation. It shows you can bat sensibly and still score over a run a ball but for some reason Afridi has never understood this.

I hope he can lead Pakistan to many more victories in the next few years and retire as a true legend of Pakistan cricket.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 9:16 GMT)

Seriously someone tell me Afridi can think, this is just one match, if he can be like this every match God help the opponents. That is the serious difference from someone who retires from cricket at the slightest criticism and the one who can hold his own mentally. Afridi is mentally very very weak, if not guys like jayasuriya would not have hogged the limelight.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 8:53 GMT)

When once we asked our mother which cricketer would she like to meet if given a chance, and she at once chose Afridi and no one else. Teams change their strategies and even the spinners who had to vary at the match cos this guy is a natural talent. once he knows how to curb his desires to hit every ball out of the park.

Posted by khurramsch on (November 21, 2011, 8:52 GMT)

well i think there is nothing to prove or do. & i agree best thing is to focus only on playing crickt . past is gone & also try to perform regularly. its game not a film industry where interviews & other controversies makes your news. in cricket only 1 thing will make you & that is performance infield.

Posted by khurramsch on (November 21, 2011, 8:49 GMT)

good win & series won by pakistan. afridi really played well & have seen his such a responsible inings after a long time. & i think its been ages that he performed with both bat & ball in same match. its time to win 4-1 & move up towards icc rankings 1 place as bangladesh tour is coming up they have every chance to do so.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 8:23 GMT)

congratulation pakistan & Afridi !!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 8:05 GMT)

Boom Boom we love you love you love you..man just a sight of you makes our heart jumping..you are true son of Pakistan..you are symbol of our national pride..you love Pakistan and Pakistan loves you man..when you cried after semi final lost the whole Pakistan backed you..we know you will give last drop of blood to make Pakistan win..that makes you one of the best cricketer Pakistan ever produced..May Allah give you more glories..

Posted by 1300NoSheet on (November 21, 2011, 8:02 GMT)

@ J.M.2000 Mate stats look nice for Pakistan.. But checking the list of countries defeated doesnt help a lot... Following are the wins for Pakistan in brackets are the losses to those teams 1- Australia - 0 4 - SL - 1 4 - WI - 2 5 - NZ - 3/1N.R. 1 - Kenya - 0 1 - Canada - 0 3 - Zimbabwe - 0 2 -Ireland- 0 0 - India - 1 England/SA - No matches played 2 -Ireland Not to say that Pakistan played bad..but they were not special during the year.. Yes after the problem they faced with the spot-fixing it is commendable...but again not special......Australia is still better on that number considering the teams they played...

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 7:45 GMT)

i have no words to praise Afridi he was just superb last night hats off to him .....................amazing crickter world had ever seen...........just superb

Posted by Anwaar-Sandhu on (November 21, 2011, 7:45 GMT)

@bouncer3459, he is an impact player, he has a different role in the team. for consistancy, you have other 7 batsmen in your lineup. his role is to try and take the game away from opposition, you can not be successful in this approach so often, but booyyyy when he does, he really takes the game away. ask for consistancy from other 6-7 batsmen that u play in a game, they can take u to 250 everygame, his work in batting is to pass 300 (if provided a platform). do not ever compare his stats with those of sachin, inzi, ponting type players, compare his stats with players who have similar role in the team. and he wins straightaway from his competitors, when comparing avg 25 (not worst), compare strike rate of 115 also. no need to mention his bowling or liveliness on field. Afridi is the showman of cricket

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 7:43 GMT)

I don't think Afridi has to change his batting, he is boom boom because he is aggressive , so I dont think he has to sacrifice aggression, I love the way he bats, BOOM BOOM

Posted by ASIFIQBALBHAT on (November 21, 2011, 7:42 GMT)

WELL DONE FRIDI, TRY TO RERFORM LIKE THIS IN EVERY MATCH BEST OF LUCK.

Posted by AcrossTheSeam01 on (November 21, 2011, 7:41 GMT)

That was a great performance... @Aqeel Ahmed: Although he held it back very well this match, you cannot say his batting does not have ''any flaws'', he isvery amateur to the short ball and his crowd pleasing temptation to hit big shots unnecessarily needs to be controlled (Although he was very good and controlled his weaknesses in this match, of which the result was his amazing innings)

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 7:23 GMT)

Afridi had nothing to prove, he is the man who made 100 in 37 at the age of 17. No one can stop the aggression of players like Gayle, Sehwag & Afridi. But in the case of Afridi aggression override the batting ability of this All rounder. It is great to have player like him in any team.Hope he will play IPL next season. Good luck Afridi & well played pakistan.

Posted by Jawaidnazir on (November 21, 2011, 7:11 GMT)

Thisara Perera was caught by Umer Akmal not Adnan Akmal, please correct.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 7:10 GMT)

Perera was caught by UMAR AKMAL, Mr. writer you got confused between brothers!

Posted by chishtyirfan on (November 21, 2011, 7:08 GMT)

One of the wonderful all round performance.

Posted by khan321 on (November 21, 2011, 7:07 GMT)

bro Umar, adnan wasn't playing the match it was umar akmal who took the catch ;)

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 6:54 GMT)

Afridi has nothing to prove about his bowling and Match winning ability. Even his batting has no flaws but the only thing he needs to work on is his concentration towards batting and a bit of change in his aggression of batting, he can be in great players list if he continues the same way. Best of luck

Posted by J.M.2000 on (November 21, 2011, 6:52 GMT)

Congratulations Mr Afridi and Pakistan!

Looking at the statistics, Pakistan need 1 more win in their next ODI match to be joint-equal with Australia with the highest win/loss ratio for ODIs in this calendar year. One further ODI win after that and Pakistan will then have the highest win/loss ratio amongst all teams in this calendar year.

Pakistan currently does hold the record for most ODI wins in 2011.

Will they be able to achieve both milestones?

Posted by travelunlimited on (November 21, 2011, 6:42 GMT)

Afridi should bat high up in the batting order. had scored more runs batting as a opener.he can make difference at the top

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 6:40 GMT)

Asad shafiq is not a good oneday batsman ,he has limitis.

Posted by KarachiKid on (November 21, 2011, 6:38 GMT)

We all knew what he is capable of doing. Remember his century against India in India in 1999 Asian test championship ? He is definitetly a better bat than his average suggests, IF and only IF he plays accordingly to a plan. What I think he wanted to prove is that HE CAN PLAY UNDER ANY CAPTAIN and has no ego problems. He wanted to prove that his loyalty is with Pakistan. He will do his best to make the team look good and not perform without any passion as he is no more the captain. And he is successful in that respect....HATS OFF !!!

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 6:28 GMT)

@ Bouncer3459, What else do you want from Afridi? He has already won you a T/20 World Cup, he has made so many records, world admires him when he is on fire! He is the showman brother and he loves attraction, thats what make people think that he is selfish. But the thats not the case, he has always performed for the team, and when he performs, Pakistan wins!

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 6:26 GMT)

Afridi is a great great GREAT ASSET of PAKISTAN! and World Knows how lethal he can be as it was Shown with Srilanka! ICC Denied Award to Afridi! he is himself an Award for Pakistan! Afridi you Beauty...with Bat and Bowl

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 6:16 GMT)

@bilal, that was a mistake by the writer, it was omar akmal who took the catch

Posted by 19shd75 on (November 21, 2011, 6:15 GMT)

Shahid you are cool, i just went to sharjah stadium to tribute to Afridi although at that time pak was 70/6, still i went to see him, and man what a performer he is. surely we need players like you. THUMS UP FOR AFRIDI

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 6:09 GMT)

Afridi concentrate on cricket not anything else u r a great player and u need to play atleast 3 more years to have a career that makes all of us proud all the best to u !

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 6:07 GMT)

Oye LALA ...... u dont have to prove the point to your fans ...... u know that when you are coming back from Westindies we received you ......... jest remember tht we love u unconditionally & u r a favorite son of KARACHI.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 6:06 GMT)

its umar akmal who got the last catch!

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 5:59 GMT)

owsome perfomance of doing afiridi

Posted by harican on (November 21, 2011, 5:59 GMT)

Afridi is a real match winner.keep continue this performance.Pakistan cricket team expect a lot of good performance from you.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 5:50 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan and Congrats Shahid Afridi for his Brilliant Outstanding All-rounder Performance ... God Bless You ... Better Luck Srilanka Next time :)

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 5:49 GMT)

Shahid Afridi 1 - Sri-Lanka 0 What an incredible talent Afridi is. He won this match all on his own with sheer determination. With him in the Pakistani side other one day teams had better watch out!

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 5:49 GMT)

moshin khan should place as permanent coach ,coz he is the man who can guide the team to be mentally fit ,and already he has proven,pakistan team have enough talented players at all the times ,wish you a bright future with moshin

Posted by RohithMedisetty on (November 21, 2011, 5:45 GMT)

and for the next 20 matches he'll do nothing with the bat .

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 5:43 GMT)

i think, right now Pakistan has the best ODI spinners in the game...they will love to ball on Bangladeshi low and slow wickets...

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 5:31 GMT)

best of luck afridi and congratulation pakistan team

Posted by sabee66 on (November 21, 2011, 5:29 GMT)

no point to prove Afridi, at the moment after SIR IMRAN KHAN you are the best cricketer and player we ever had and the whole nation is standing behind you, dont you remember when you came back , how was their welcome.... Good on you, your injury scared the crap at me Allah Bless you

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 5:18 GMT)

You are a great match winner, u proved...........Well played Afridi. Nabeel from SL

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 5:17 GMT)

umar akmal shud keep wickets either for alrounder razzaq or batsman shafiq..!!

Posted by hassan13 on (November 21, 2011, 5:15 GMT)

IT WAS UMAR AKMAL NOT ADNAN AKMAL, GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT UMAR FAROOQ!

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 5:08 GMT)

so this is what basically what Afridi can do for you in ODI's, arguably the best All-rounder in the game but the question is why doesnt he do it consistently ??? only Afridi knows the answer to that..

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 4:59 GMT)

@bouncer3459 He wasn't proving point to country but certain group.. so your point is not valid here. Country has given to everyone not just him. He has won the lost game from every angle and he deserve to celebrate and rightly so earned the right to comment.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 4:53 GMT)

it was Umar Akmal .. not Adnan Akmal ... ****

Posted by SyedArbabAhmed on (November 21, 2011, 4:44 GMT)

His batting is still scary but unreliable but unexpectedly his bowling has improved so much that he has become a match winning bowler from a filler bowler.

Posted by bouncer3459 on (November 21, 2011, 4:42 GMT)

Grow up Afridi, Think beyond yourself. This country has given you more than what you have given back.

Sal

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 4:41 GMT)

Adnan akmal? Is he still playing?

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 4:40 GMT)

shahid afridi has shown throughout the series that how vital he is for pakistan team. and the captain is using him superbly. heats off to pakistan for that brilliant performance. misbah's captaincy is great, he is cool & calm with some aggresive players like afridi, umar akmal, gull. Afridi is the biggest cricketing star for paksitan rite now. he's got everything, he is a brilliant bowler, briliant fielder and showed that when ever team needs him with the bat he is there to help them. great performance by afridi, a genuine match winner for pakistan

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 4:37 GMT)

Why is Sarfaraz in the team, why dont u play Umar Akmal as wicket keeper batsmen so we can play Asad Shafiq as an extra batsmen, pak batting still needs solidity

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 4:36 GMT)

he doesn't have to prove any point, we know he is AWSOMEEEEE!!!! BTW umar akmal caught thisara perera not adnan akmal

Posted by EJAJUL.HAQ on (November 21, 2011, 4:26 GMT)

please to continue cooling & refreshing your mind

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