Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has hit out at his would-be son-in-law and fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi for poor bowling in the 19th over of the T20 world cup semi-final match against Australia.
After being dropped by Hassan Ali, Matthew Wade hit three consecutive sixes off Shaheen Shah Afridi sealing the victory with one over to spare.
“I am not happy with Shaheen in one area. Hasan Ali dropped a catch, but that does not mean you will bowl badly and get hit for three successive sixes,” Shahid Afridi said on the Samaa TV channel.
Pakistan suffered a five-wicket defeat by Australia in the second semifinal of the T20 World Cup 2021 on Thursday. Green Shirts were unbeaten in the tournament until Australia knocked them out.
“Shaheen has so many paces and he should have used it sensibly. Even if the catch was dropped, he should have used his head and tried to bowl outside off stump fast Yorkers with his pace. He is not that sort of bowler to be hit like that,” said his prospective father-in-law
Afridi said he believed that the semifinal would be a big learning experience for Shaheen and he should benefit from it.
Shahid, however, praised Shaheen for his bowling throughout the tournament, especially with the new ball.
“I would say he was brilliant in the tournament and I have only seen either Wasim Bhai (Akram) or perhaps Muhammad Amir bowl like this with the new ball. He is giving good performances. I hope he learns from this cricket experience and prepares himself for the future,” he said.