Pakistan’s star fast bowler, Shaheen Shah Afridi, is confident and eager to excel in the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka. Speaking exclusively to Geo News at Trent Bridge stadium before returning to join the national squad, Shaheen expressed his full fitness and dismissed any concerns about his past knee injury, emphasizing that it is now behind him.
“I am fully fit, which is why I am back in the Test team. If I hadn’t been fully match fit, my name wouldn’t have been in the squad. I play for Pakistan’s national team, not for a club-level team,” asserted Shaheen, addressing the doubts surrounding his fitness.
He expressed his anticipation for representing Pakistan in Test cricket once again, emphasizing the importance of public support. “I play for my country with real pride. Whether I’m injured or not, when I’m in the team, I always strive to give my hundred percent for the team,” he added, urging fans to rally behind the team.
During his participation in the T20 Blast for Nottinghamshire Outlaws, Shaheen showcased his prowess, taking 22 wickets in 14 group-stage matches at an impressive average of 20.81 and a striking strike-rate of 14.86. His standout moment came in a match against Birmingham Bears, where he created history by claiming four wickets in his first over, a feat unprecedented in the history of T20 cricket.
Reflecting on this extraordinary achievement, Shaheen expressed his delight, stating, “Taking four wickets in this manner in any form of cricket is a great achievement. While I have taken four wickets in an over before, this was the first time I did so in the first over. It is truly an unforgettable moment in my life. Although we lost that game, I feel sorry about that, but it’s part of the game.”
Shaheen also shared his overall satisfaction with his performance in the T20 Blast tournament, acknowledging the challenges of the fast-paced format. “In my opinion, I performed really well in many matches. These performances were not bad or average; they were good. T20 Blast is a challenging format worldwide due to the game’s rapid pace,” he remarked.
Having enjoyed his time with Nottinghamshire Outlaws, Shaheen looked ahead to the ICC Cricket World Cup match against India on October 15 in Ahmedabad. He emphasized the need to focus on the broader goal of winning the World Cup rather than solely fixating on the India-Pakistan match. “Our aim is to perform our best in all upcoming events, including the Test series against Sri Lanka, the Asia Cup, and the World Cup,” Shaheen stated with optimism.
Shaheen’s determination, fitness, and outstanding performances in domestic cricket demonstrate his commitment to representing Pakistan with pride. As fans eagerly await the upcoming Test series and future tournaments, the team aims to deliver their best and triumph in these significant cricketing events.
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