I was under pressure to perform says Shahid Afridi

All-rounder Shahid Afridi starred in Pakistan’s one-wicket victory over arch-rivals India with an unbeaten 18-ball knock of 34 that included 2 fours and 3 sixes.


Shahid Afridi gripped his nerve by not throwing his wicket away and guiding Pakistan to a fascinating one-wicket victory over India in a humdinger Asia Cup battle at Mirpur on Sunday evening. Requiring 10 runs to triumph in the final over, bowled by Ravinchandran Ashwin, the maverick all-rounder hit back-to-back massive sixes to take his team past India’s total of 245/8.

However, he knock came under huge pressure. Despite his indifferent form with the bat in the recent past, Shahid Afridi, who incidentally turned 34 on Saturday, mentioned that the Pakistan dressing room had a lot of expectations and hopes from him in the marquee battle.

“I was under pressure and the expectations were high on me. This match was very important,” he said. Afridi said he was happy to perform against arch-rivals India. Afridi mentioned Pakistan`s aim is to retain the Asia Cup title they won in 2012 here.

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