New Delhi, August 3
Former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood lately jogged the down reminiscence lane and recalled how Shahid Afridi took the world by storm in simply his second match on the worldwide area.
Mahmood revealed the luck issue that noticed Afridi being included within the Pakistan squad for the four-team match following harm to their star spinner Mushtaq Ahmed.
“Shahid Afridi had debuted in Nairobi in 1996 after the Sahara Cup, where I made my debut,” Mahmood mentioned on Wisden’s The Greatest Rivalry podcast.
“So Mushi (Mushtaq Ahmed) received injured in that sequence and Shahid Afridi was touring with the Pakistan A crew to West Indies and he changed Mushi in that match.
Mahmood was speaking in regards to the 1996 KCA Centenary Tournament that noticed Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa and Kenya play all their matches in Nairobi. He recalled Afridi’s blitzkrieg in simply his second ODI as he struck an imposing 40-ball 102 towards Sri Lanka within the sixth match of the sequence.
Afridi crossed the 100-run mark off simply 37 deliveries and it remained the quickest ODI century until Corey Anderson (36 balls) broke the report in 2014 and AB de Villiers (31 balls) bettered it in 2015. Mahmood revealed Afridi used Sachin Tendulkar’s bat to attain that unimaginable innings.
“In those days, the two Sri Lankan openers, Jayasuriya and wicketkeeper Kaluwitharana, they used to attack upfront. So we thought we need someone who can bat at No.3. Afridi and I– Wasim said you guys go and try to slog (in the nets). I was slogging sensibly and Afridi went against the spinners, murdering everyone in the nets,” Mahmood recalled.
“Next day, we got the game against Sri Lanka and they said he (Afridi) is batting at number three. I think Waqar (Younis) got a bat from Sachin (Tendulkar), he used the great Sachin’s bat and managed to get a hundred and after that, he became a batsman. Mainly he was a bowler who can hit the ball, but in the end, he had a wonderful career,” he added. IANS