T20 World Cup Pakistan
Ricky Ponting of T20 World Cup Pakistan, a former Australia captain, has named speedster Shaheen Afridi as the man who must perform if Pakistan is to win a second ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
Afridi had his greatest performance of the tournament thus far, bowling with tremendous velocity and collecting magnificent figures of 4/22 against Bangladesh on Sunday at the T20 World Cup Pakistan, helping Pakistan secure the last position in the tournament’s semi-finals.
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T20 World Cup Pakistan face an in-form New Zealand at the SCG on Wednesday, and Ponting believes Afridi is the pivotal man in that match. “He could claim he’s not back to 100 percent yet,” Ponting added, “but from what I’ve seen, he seems like he’s getting along brilliantly and he now holds the key to Pakistan continuing in the tournament.”
Afridi injured his right knee while fielding in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle in July, and the 22-year-old said his recuperation was delayed since he could scarcely walk afterwards.
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T20 World Cup Pakistan, there were some worries regarding Afrdi’s quick recovery after he went wicketless in Pakistan’s first two games of the tournament against India and Zimbabwe, but Ponting maintained trust in the left-armer. “(I never had any doubts) because you simply know what he’s capable of on the field,” Ponting added.
“And, as I previously said, even if he’s not at 100 percent, if he’s functioning at 90 percent, he’ll still have a greater influence on games than others because of how talented he is.” “So look, he could have had a few concerns in the back of his mind, and the T20 World Cup Pakistan leadership and coaching group might have had some concerns as well, but not any more.” “He’s done pretty well so far, and hopefully they have two more games.”
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Ponting contrasted Afridi’s comeback to form to India superstar Virat Kohli’s in Australia, saying that sometimes you simply have to trust the best players to deliver on the big stage. “It’s almost like the India situation with Virat (Kohli) entering this tournament at the T20 World Cup Pakistan,” Ponting observed. “Sometimes you simply have to stay with them, pick them up, and let them go because champion players will find a way to finish the job.”
“And as the tournament has progressed, he’s (Afridi) become better and better, and perhaps the best is yet to come.”
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