T20 World Cup Final: Shaheen Shah Afridi hobbles off the field after picking up injury against England
Pakistan left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi hobbled off the field after picking up an injury against England in the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Shaheen Afridi hobbles off the field after picking up injury (AP)
By India Today Web Desk: Pakistan left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi hobbled off the field after picking up an injury against England in the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
In what was a big blow for Pakistan, their leading pace bowler limped off the field after picking up an injury. Afridi seemed to have picked up an injury while taking Harry Brook’s catch in extra covers off Shadab Khan’s bowling.
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Afridi was looking in immense form, cleaning up the dangerous Alex Hales in his very first over. Afridi bowled an in-swinger and the right-handed Hales didn’t have any clue about the peach of a delivery from the left-armer. Hales missed the ball, which deflected from his pads on to the stumps.
He had bowled 2 overs, giving away 13 runs and picking up one wicket. But the injury forced him off the field. However, the 22-year-old came back onto the field and even bowled the first ball of his third over but could not continue, citing pain in his knee.
Afridi had just recovered in time for the T20 World Cup after being in doubt for the tournament. Afridi had sustained a ligament injury to his right knee, while touring Sri Lanka with the Test team in July.
Former Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz sent wishes to Afridi after he sustained an injury in the T20 World Cup final, calling him a star for Pakistan cricket.
“I can feel for you @iShaheenAfridi. You have always given your best bro. You’re a star for Pakistan. Your fighting instinct and efforts will always be appreciated! Respect for you ! Love you bro,” Riaz posted on Twitter.
I can feel for you @iShaheenAfridi . U have always given ur best bro. Ur a star for Pakistan. Ur fighting instinct and efforts will always be appreciated! Respect for you ! Love you bro— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) November 13, 2022
Earlier, Afridi had said the rehab process was a very tough phase for him and he missed playing cricket for Pakistan.
“It was very a tough phase in the rehab process and I missed playing on the field. But despite being away from the game I did call my teammates at times and spoke to them,” said Afridi.