Pakistan pace spearhead Shaheen Afridi is back in the squad for their two T20 World Cup warm-up games against England and Afghanistan. Shaheen has missed the Asia Cup in UAE, the seven-match T20I series against England, and the Tri-series in New Zealand but has returned to the Babar Azam-led squad in Australia after rehabilitation.
Afghanistan wicketkeeper Rahmanullah Gurbaz was hit by an inswinging yorker from Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Rahmatullah Gurbaz, the Afghan opener, suffered a serious injury when an inswinging yorker hit him from Pakistan pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi in the first over. He was taken off the field by a substitute fielder. The injured wicketkeeper was taken to hospital, while the injured batsman is closely monitored.
The injury to Gurbaz has sparked concern, as the wicketkeeper is one of the mainstays of Afghanistan’s batting order. He has struggled since the last T20 World Cup, where he scored only 85 runs in five innings. He will be assessed over the next two days. He is expected to be available for Afghanistan’s match against England on Saturday.
After being hit by the yorker, his teammate carried Gurbaz off the field, and he was taken to the hospital for treatment. He was checked by physios and sent for scans. He is expected to be available for Afghanistan’s first World Cup game against England.
Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat first against Afghanistan. Shaheen Shah Afridi bowled a fiery first over. Hazratullah Zazai hit the fourth delivery for a single.
Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi has recovered from his knee injury and bowled a superb spell against Afghanistan in the warm-up game against England. He conceded 29 runs in four overs and took two wickets.
Despite the speed of the ball, Rahmanullah Gurbaz was hit by an inswinging yorker from Pakistan pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi during Pakistan’s warm-up game against England.
Afridi bowls fiery spell against Afghanistan
Shaheen Shah Afridi has returned from injury and sent a warning to Indian batters with a fiery spell against Afghanistan in a warm-up game on Wednesday. Afridi had not been able to bowl with many swings in his first practice match against England, but he took two wickets against the Afghans and sent them to their knees. The fast bowler returned figures of 2/29 off four overs.
Afridi’s fiery spell came at a crucial stage. In the last over, Afghanistan needed 11 off the final but failed to score more runs as their left-arm fast-bowling duo failed to capitalize on Afridi’s excellent seam-bowling display. Eventually, Afghanistan was reduced to 39 for four, and one wicket was needed for victory.
After bowling such a fiery spell, Afridi praised the batting team. The Pakistani captain praised his team’s batters. He also praised the bowling of Wahab Riaz, who took 4-16 against Afghanistan in the CWC15 quarter-final.
Afridi was not nervous about taking the ball as he has a fiery arm and orthodox release. Still, he has a lot of room to improve and must keep his fitness levels up. He must also let the fire in his belly burn in the matches to become the next great fast bowler.
Shaheen Afridi took two wickets for 29 runs against Afghanistan. The team had already won the toss and decided to bat first. Afridi bowled a fiery opening spell, and the opener, Hazratullah Zazai, managed to make a single from his fourth delivery. Rahmatullah Gurbaz also faced Afridi in the second innings.
Afridi has a great opening spell against Afghanistan and could be Pakistan’s trump card against India. He has taken Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul’s wickets while also bowling four wickets against New Zealand. He has also been in good form in the world tournament build-up.
Afridi’s fiery spell was the game’s highlight, and he announced his arrival against India. After a fiery spell, Afridi struck twice in the space of two balls, and the match shifted toward Pakistan. It was a classic battle between the two nations, and Afridi wreaked havoc on the Indian batting order.
Shami present at T20 World Cup training ground in Brisbane
India is in Australia for the T20 World Cup, and fast bowler Mohammed Shami has reached the training ground. He will link up with the squad in Brisbane and play in the warm-up matches. Shami will likely replace Jasprit Bumrah, who is out for a few weeks with an injury. Back-up pacers Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur will also be in the squad.
Rahul Dravid has welcomed Shami back to the team after a long absence. Shami was last seen playing a T20I against Namibia on November 8, 2017. He represented the Gujarat Titans in the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League, where he played an important role in the team’s victory over the English team.
Shami has been an important part of India’s batting lineup. His cameo against Australia was one of the most remarkable in the tournament. He bowled a single over and claimed four wickets and a run-out to keep India in the game. India’s run rate was over seven runs per over, and Shami was instrumental in keeping India in the game.
The Indian team is set to play two official World Cup warm-up matches in Australia this month. They will face Australia on October 17, while they will face New Zealand on October 19. And on October 23, India will play their arch-rivals, Pakistan. It is uncertain what the weather will be like on an opening day.
With no death-over bowler in the squad, India will rely on Shami’s experience and ability to get wickets in crunch situations. The T20 World Cup starts in October, so India hopes Shami will be ready to take the field when the time comes.
India’s first match against Australia saw Mohammed Shami bowl well in the final over. Mohammed Shami has been praised for his strong bowling. His last over, during the last over, produced four wickets, including Ashton Agar.