The Afghanistan players had a memorable evening at the Wankhede Stadium ahead of their ICC ODI World Cup 2023 clash against Australia, as legendary former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar paid a visit ahead of their practice session. He interacted with the players and shared some valuable insights with them about the game.
Sachin Tendulkar gave the Afghanistan team a ‘pep-talk’ before their practice session at Wankhede Stadium. He then took a walk around the pitch along with former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja, who is the mentor of the Afghanistan team and coach Jonathan Trott. Sachin also spoke with Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chief Mirwais Ashraf about the team’s journey so far. Several pictures from the legendary cricketer’s visit have gone viral on social media.
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Afghanistan skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi was delighted to meet Sachin Tendulkar. He expressed that the team was excited to meet the former cricketer. Hashmatullah Shahidi said as quoted by Sport Star,
“This is our first meeting with him. We all are excited because he’s the legend of the game. And for a lot of players, we were watching him on TV as a successful player. He was a role model for a lot of our players. So, it will be an exciting time for the entire team.”
Afghanistan’s journey so far in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023
The Afghanistan cricket team has had a remarkable ICC ODI World Cup 2023 so far. They rank sixth on the table with four wins from seven matches, and an NRR of -0.330. Their four wins have come against England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Netherlands. They are on a three-match winning streak and will be keen to continue the winning momentum. The Hashmatullah Shahidi-led team will be taking on Australia in the upcoming game on November 7 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.