Shahid Afridi has stayed in the limelight multiple times for the past couple of months. Incidentally, the former cricketer was tested positive for COVID-19 a few weeks back. Once again, Afridi has made a bold statement which involves India.
Much like his batting during his career, the former Pakistan skipper doesn’t hold back when talking about India. Afridi who played for several years against India claims that the Indian team used to ask for forgiveness.
Shahid Afridi said that Pakistan used to beat India so much that their players would apologize after the match was over. Afridi also added that he always enjoyed playing against big teams such as India and Australia. He was always motivated to perform against them in pressure matches at their home grounds.
Indian players used to ask for forgiveness – Shahid Afridi
“I have always enjoyed India. Unhe to theek-thaak mara hai humne. Itna mara hai unhe ki match ke baad maafiyan mangi hai unhone. I have enjoyed a lot playing against India and Australia, you have more pressure. They are good teams, big teams. Going and performing in their conditions is the big thing,” Afridi said on the Cric Cast show on YouTube.
Pakistan had the edge over India in the 1990s when the two teams played more often. Since 2000, India have always had an upper hand and won more matches against their arch-rivals. In ODIs so far, Pakistan lead the head to head against India with 73-55.
In Test matches, Pakistan again leads with 12 wins to India’s nine. Whereas in T20I, India have dominated Pakistan and have just lost one match in the 8 matches they have played with each other.
Shahid Afridi picked his 141 against India at Chennai in 1999 as his most memorable innings. His knock in the second innings helped Pakistan defeat India and take a 1-0 lead in the Test series. Afridi recalled that innings and revealed that it is special as he wasn’t even supposed to tour India.
“My most memorable inning was the 141 against India, that too in India. I was not going on that trip they were not taking me. Wasim Bhai and the chief selector that time supported me a lot. It was a very difficult tour and that inning was very important,” said Shahid Afridi.