Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi has opened up about his knee injury, and his time in England for rehab. He has not yet attained full fitness and is trying hard to achieve it in the ongoing 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia. Despite not being fully fit, Shaheen Afridi has been playing for Pakistan at the mega-tournament.
The pacer suffered an injury to his right knee during the first Test match against Sri Lanka in July. He was sidelined for three months and had to miss the Asia Cup. Shaheen Afridi underwent rehab in England and is in the process to regain full fitness. Speaking about his injury, the youngster expressed that its not easy to make a comeback. He added that no player should suffer an injury like this, as it is very difficult to cope with. Shaheen Afridi said, after Pakistan’s win against Netherlands,
“It is not easy to come back from such an injury after three months. May god never put anyone through this injury but those who pick up this injury obviously know how difficult it is.”
I am trying to give my 100 percent: Shaheen Afridi
Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi has picked just one wicket in three matches at the 2022 T20 World Cup. He went wicketless in the first two matches against India and Zimbabwe. The youngster expressed that he is trying his best to attain full-match fitness. He added that his pace is similar as to before his injury. Shaheen said,
“I am trying to give my 100 percent. I think my pace was similar earlier too. The average pace was around 135-140 kph; I am trying to get back to full fitness. Match fitness is different. When you come back after three months, it is difficult to put in the full effort (immediately).”
Pakistan will take on South Africa on Thursday, November 3 at the Sydney Cricket Ground in a must-win encounter. They rank fifth on the points table, with two points from three matches an a Net Run Rate of 0.765.