Shaheen Shah Afridi has revealed that wicket of KL Rahul was his favourite as compared to Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli from Pakistan’s T20 World Cup 2021 encounter against arch-rivals India. The 21-year-old demolished Indian top order by skittling out both openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in consecutive overs.
As a result, the men in blue could not recover from the early damages throughout their innings and only managed to score 151 runs in their allotted 20 overs despite skipper Virat Kohli’s fighting knock of 57 runs. The left-arm pacer eventually dismissed Kohli as well later in the innings to cap off a brilliant spell of 3/31 in his four over quota.
I wasn’t expecting the ball to move in that much, says Afridi
In a conversation with Pakistani journalist Mazher Arshad’s YouTube channel, the 21-year-old said that his mindset was to provide his best at that moment and thankfully it worked out well for Pakistan. He said, “Rahul’s wicket was the favourite one. I think I wasn’t even expecting the ball to move in that much after pitching. It was my second over only and generally, the ball doesn’t move that much in the first couple of overs.”
The left-arm pacer was adjudged Player of the Match for his amazing performance as Pakistan completely thrashed India. Owing to Kohli’s innings of 57 runs and wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant’s contribution of 39 runs India reached the 150-mark. However, Pakistan openers skipper Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan made a mockery of the score.
Both batters remained not out as Pakistan chased down 152 runs without losing any wicket. While Pakistan topped Group B, India were knocked from the tournament in the group stage itself.