The cricket rivalry between India and Pakistan is one of the biggest in the sports world. When the two teams go head to head, especially in a World Cup match, all eyes are on the television. Both teams recently met in a T20 World Cup Super 12 match earlier this year in Dubai where Pakistan defeated India in a one sided match and registered a 10 wicket win to kick off their campaign. Pakistani pacesetter Shaheen Afridi was the star of the show when he dealt some early blows to India, which failed to recover.
Playing against India for the first time, Shaheen took three for 31 from his four overs, helping Pakistan achieve their first-ever victory over India in a World Cup match.
However, former Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi revealed that the young pacesetter had called him ahead of the match against India. He said Shaheen had “phoned him on video” because he was under pressure.
“Before the first game he played against India, Shaheen called me on video and told me that ‘I feel a little pressure’. We talked for about 11-12 minutes and I told him that God has given you the chance to hang out. go and perform; take those wickets and become a hero,” Afridi told Samaa.tv.
Afridi also recalled that Pakistani players could not sleep during his playing days before the match against India, adding that the pressure was always enormous during the clash between the two countries.
“If you ask me, we couldn’t sleep before the games (against India). Some players moved to a corner, while others waited for the games. Personally, I used to wait for such games as people used to leave everything and look at the matches between India and Pakistan,” he added.
Pakistan reached the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup after beating Group B. However, their journey came to an end with a defeat to eventual champions Australia in the semi-finals.
India, on the other hand, failed to get out of the Super 12 stage, unexpectedly leaving the tournament early.
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