Says Pakistani fast bowler Shaheen Afridi,
Says Pakistani fast bowler Shaheen Afridi, "Virat is the backbone of the Indian team"

The off-swinging delivery from Shaheen proved too much, and he was out for 4 runs.

Pallekele, Sep 3: Pakistan’s top left-arm bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi emphasised the value of Virat Kohli’s wicket and referred to the steadfast captain as the foundation of the Indian squad.


The traditional rivals had to share the points in the most recent episode of their rivalry since the game had to be called off because torrential rain completely drowned away the action in the second inning.

Virat made a grand entrance onto the pitch with a beautiful cover drive to begin his inning. Shaheen defeated him with an off-swinging delivery, dismissing him for a score of 4, however.

Following the game, Kohli’s wicket was discussed in an interview with PCB Digital.

His wicket was critical to the team’s success. Our strategy of bowling in the channel succeeded because Virat Kohli is the foundation of the Indian squad, Shaheen was heard saying in a video posted on Pakistan’s cricket Twitter account.

Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya’s nerve-wracking partnership of 138 runs pulled the Blues back into the action as the tide began to turn in India’s favour.

“After the significant partnership, getting rid of Hardik Pandya at that point was vital. We could have controlled the outcome if the game had taken place, but we have no control over the weather. Overall, we did well,” Shaheen said.

Pakistan qualified for the Super 4s by earning three points from two games, splitting the points after the game was abandoned between the two teams. They have gained all of their points after easily defeating Nepal in the first game of the competition.

India, which now has only one point, must defeat Nepal on September 4 in order to advance to the Super Four stage.



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