Pakistan’s journey in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 final would have been more exciting or might have ended in their favour had Shaheen Shah Afridi not been injured. Apart from opinion, cricket experts from all over the world put their firm belief in it.
The pacer had to walk off the field after sustaining an injury as he fell on his right knee after taking a splendid catch of batter Harry Brookes. He could only bowl the first ball of his third over, and the rest five balls were handed over to Iftikhar Ahmed.
His injury has not been healing fully since the Galle Test in July. The bowler could not participate in the Netherlands series and was expelled from Asia Cup 2022 as well. He was sent for rehabilitation in London and missed the home T20I series versus England.
Although everyone’s favourite, Shaheen, was named in the World Cup 2022 squad for Pakistan, he was not much effective in the first three matches of the Group Stage. He managed only a single wicket, that too against the Netherlands.
However, the pacer got his form back in the subsequent games, including the all-important final showdown, and amassed ten more wickets to become the joint-highest wicket-taker for Pakistan with 11 scalps alongside spinner Shadab Khan.
While everyone cares more about Shaheen’s well-being rather than the trophy, Shan Masood has provided an update on Shaheen Shah Afridi’s injury. According to the middle-order batter,
“It was certainly his knee, but it could be anything,”
“From what I am hearing, all his ligament tests are clear.”
“I hope he is fine as he has previously had a serious injury and you are never too sure,”
“I had one personally four years ago and a knee injury stays with you all the way throughout your whole career and there are times when you think you have done something to your knee again.
“I hope it is one of those cases.”
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