World T20 2014 March 13, 2014

Pakistan best limited-overs side - Afridi

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shahid Afridi has rated Pakistan as the best limited-overs outfit in the world, but wanted his side to improve their fielding. Afridi is currently undergoing a week-long rehabilitation after suffering a strain during the Asia Cup, but was confident of recovering in time for the World T20 starting next week.

"I can't see a better [limited-overs] combination in the world than Pakistan because our bowling is good, batting is good but the only mistake we are doing that's in fielding and fielding is the most essential thing in limited-overs cricket," Afridi said at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

Pakistan's team is set to leave for the World T20 in Bangladesh on Thursday, but Afridi is expected to join them early next week. "I am recovering well. I am sure I will play at least one warm-up match."

Pakistan's warm-up matches are on next Monday and Wednesday, after which they open their campaign in a high-profile match against India. "We will do our best, all will join in that effort in the India match. We won the last match against India and I think that will give us benefit."

Afridi was at his explosive best in the Asia Cup, starring in victories over India and Bangladesh, and was looking at a floating position in the batting order at the World T20. "I think one should be flexible, if there are five-six overs left then I can go up the order but it will depend on situation and overs."

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  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    is he will be the next pakistan one day captain plz anyone can tell me com firmly

  • Ali Asghar on March 16, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    @Ramu Yadav I agree with you mate, this is how Pakistan play their game, despite all the Indian fans thinks Pakistan is mediocre team, still feels the heat when their team is playing against Pakistan, just because of that unpredictability you mentioned, you really can't say what they'll pull out on a particular day from their pocket, they can either win from losing position, orlose from wining position, this is coz of fielding, they really never backed their bowlers, for India we all see Indian batting struggled in absence of dhoni, that's why I said that, just like our weaknesses, their is number of your weaknesses present as well, can you imagine what going to happen if Dhoni retires? only Jadeja has the potential to finish innings, but he's also unpredictable like Afridi. logical isn't? I agree with Afridi on fielding matter only. it really need to come to the party, except Anwar, Fawad & Shehzad, there was no decent fielder in the team. serious coaching issue.

  • Ali Asghar on March 16, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    @dmqi lol you must have serious lack of game sense mate, Afridi didn't came to bat in a 20th to 30th over against India, it was Hafeez and and Maqsood who set it up for him to flourish in the last 5, and he is our important player at that position despite him being inconsistent, you don't know that and this why I said you don't seem to have a good cricketing sense, well I tell you, whenever he arrives to bat, I everytime see the opposition bowler starts feeling the heat, this is a impact Afridi has in everyone's mind, I hope you have seen the expression on Ashwin's face after Junaid khan took a single to give Afridi strike. so similarly I must say without dhoni, Indian batsman are nothing, he saved the face of indian batting in the past with numerous good finishes, I can see a bright future of Indian best batting line after dhoni's retirement!

  • richard on March 15, 2014, 21:48 GMT

    As an Australian fan I have no idea who is the best T20 team, to me it seems whoever performs on the day is the best, but I am glad NZ and SL are in another group.

  • Dummy4 on March 15, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    @Ubair19 & alipk52, PAK & WI are most unpredictable and dangerous teams

    Afridi is the most unpredictable player in PAK

    AUS, RSA and India are the consistent performers, even though India lost at RSA, NZ and Asia cup, you have to agree they are very close matches

    India, batting is their strength.. Funny, you say that INDIA depend on 1 or 2 players...

    Even Ireland, Bangladesh and Afg can beat WI and Pak. However, PAK and WI can beat any team on the world on their day....

    Only the good thing for Asian teams in coming world cup is "Spin"

  • Dummy4 on March 15, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Ind, Sri lanka, Ausi and WI are the teams to going to be in semi. its going to be any body game after that!.

  • Dummy4 on March 15, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    haha ,,, predicting something which is not possible . T20 is unpredictable any team can win this game with the show of 1 player only ....

  • mohammad on March 15, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    This is the problem of the Pak cricket." We have the best bowling attack. We have the best batting line etc". You hear this type of statement very often after some good performance. But here is the truth: They got very lucky against India and against Bangladesh, only because of 1 player's uncommon play. How many times Afridi can do that? Once in every 10 matches? What is the wining rate against the top team? How can you be the best limited over team when your win-loss figure says the opposite? Pak is one of the most inconsistent team, very high in one day and very low the next day. That is the truth.

  • Syed on March 15, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    For the one who has written "Afridi is tailender like zaheer and Steyn who can hit sixes" I would like to say plz dont be jealous coz in reality your top batsman cant hit sixes like Afridi. Afridi is a kind of Allrounder who can change the game on his own in any situation. So stop saying that which really dont make the sense. Whatever Afridi said that is for his team not for others. I M SURE INDIA WILL NOT COME CLOSE THIS TIME BECAUSE YOU CANT WIN MATCHES WITH ONLY ONE OR TWO BATSMEN PERFORMING THAT TOO AT HOME.....HAHAHAHA

  • Dummy4 on March 15, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    A well balanced tournament. It's hard to say who will come out on top. Australia look a pretty good outfit. Expect fabulous entertainment!

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