Former Pakistan skipper and coach, Waqar Younis minced no words while criticizing Shahid Afridi’s poor performance during the ongoing 5th and final ODI against South Africa at Benoni on Sunday.
The ex- fast bowler, commenting in a TV channel as a expert, says he was shocked at the way Afridi (0) got out today against South Africa in the 5th ODI.
“He got out two balls before the power play was to start. He knew there was a fielder in the deep and he knew [Ryan] McLaren would bowl a short one, and with 15 overs remaining he still played the shot and got out. I just don’t understand this and don’t know what to say,” Waqar said.
Afridi, who’s stood out twice in the recent series with blistering knocks of 34 and 88, was sacked as skipper of the Pakistan ODI team in May, 2011 after having a conflict along with Waqar, who was the coach on the tour to the West Indies. Afridi had twice left of team meetings on that tour after issues cropped up between him and Waqar over team selection. After that incident, the team management had reported Afridi as a disruptive force in the squad.
“Look he is in his mid thirties and his eye and reflexes are not what they used to be. We saw that today. He needed to bat sensibly and with 15 overs remaining he needed to bat sensibly but he didn’t and let the team down,” Waqar said.