If Pakistani fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi hadn’t been injured in the 2022 T20 World Cup Final versus England, he and his teammates could have been able to pull off the upset. When Afridi was diving to save a boundary during Pakistan’s Test match against Sri Lanka in Galle, he injured the ligaments in his right knee. He has endured several setbacks since then, but a knee injury in the 2022 T20 World Cup final brought his plight to the forefront.
When asked about the influence his injuries had at pivotal points in his career, Afridi admitted that they were a factor. The 23-year-old was unable to bowl in the T20 World Cup final because he damaged his knee while playing a crucial catch for his team against England. He said that Pakistan would have won the championship if he had remained on the pitch to the very end.
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In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, Afridi expressed that winning a World Cup for his country has always been a cherished dream for every player. He vividly recalled the memories of 2021 and how it ended, reflecting on the missed opportunity. Afridi believed that in the 2022 tournament if he hadn’t suffered an injury at a crucial juncture, their team could have emerged victorious. He speculated that had he remained fit and continued bowling, the outcome might have been different. Afridi acknowledged that injuries can strike at any moment, leaving an unpredictable impact.
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Regarding the pace of his bowling, Afridi acknowledged that opinions vary among individuals. However, he personally felt confident and content. Afridi emphasized the importance of self-assessment, mentioning that even if he was bowling at 110kmph but still taking wickets, he considered himself in good form. He emphasized that giving his all on the field mattered more than the speed of his deliveries. Afridi acknowledged the possibility of a decline in pace but expressed optimism that it would improve over time.
Everyone, according to Afridi, has an opinion about his speed, but he himself has been feeling well. It was very important to him to take wickets and to give his all while playing the game, he said. He continued by saying that speed wasn’t as crucial and that if there had been a drop, it would rise again in due course.
The pacer has put the disappointments behind him and is now more concerned with helping Pakistan achieve its goals. He has taken 19 wickets in recent matches for Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League 2023 (PSL), including six in T20Is and eight in ODIs, all against New Zealand.