21 June 2022 marks the 14-year completion of Pakistan’s terrific win in the ICC T20 World Cup 2009. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has shared highlights of the all-favourite match that took place at the Lord’s, England.
The heroes who guided Pakistan to the first-ever T20 World Cup title have recalled the memories. Shahid Afridi’s help was crucial. He scored a much-needed fifty against Sri Lanka as David Llyod’s statement “Shahid Afridi, big man, big game, it’s a leg bye but who cares,” feels like it is about yesterday.
Pakistan led by Younis Khan registered an eight-wicket win over Kumar Sangakkara’s side on this day 13 years ago. Rewinding the moment, the top bowler of the men in green, Abdul Razzaq says that the Pakistani people used to honour the squad with free food after they won their maiden T20 World Cup.
“We received a lot of love from Pakistanis after we won T20 World Cup. So many times, Pakistani restaurant owners refused to take money from us, just because we gave a trophy to Pakistan,”
While talking to PCB Digital, the former all-rounder also revealed his conversation with Shahid Afridi before the team headed to the ground for the final. His statements read:
“Afridi and I were part of the team that lost to Australia in the World Cup final in 1999 at Lord’s. That was fresh in our minds. We spoke about how devastating a defeat in a world cup final can be. We promised each other that we will not let this final end as that one and alter the course of history,” he maintained.
“The captain [Younis Khan] and the team management used to tell us how big of an opportunity this was to win a world cup and how this event in England provided us an opportunity to be heroes as there is a lot of hype surrounding cricket in that part of the world,”
💬 Winning the T20 World Cup in 2009 is an achievement I can always be proud of 💬@ARazzaqPak recounts the joy of Pakistan's victorious campaign and the motivation before the final against Sri Lanka 🏆🇵🇰#WeHaveWeWill pic.twitter.com/xR9f6VVx7V
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) June 21, 2022
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