Pakistan’s left-arm pace sensation Shaheen Shah Afridi lauded Virat Kohli as the backbone of the Indian cricket team. As rain interrupted their latest battle, leading to a washout in the second innings, Afridi highlighted the significance of Kohli’s wicket in a game that promised much but was ultimately halted by nature.
In the latest chapter of the storied Pakistan-India rivalry, the traditional adversaries had to settle for shared points as heavy showers curtailed the match entirely during the second innings. Virat Kohli’s presence on the pitch was marked by a signature cover drive that announced his arrival at the crease. Nevertheless, it was Shaheen Afridi who triumphed, dismissing the renowned batsman with a well-executed off-swinging delivery, limiting Kohli to a score of 4.
Speaking to PCB Digital after the match, Afridi underscored the pivotal role of Kohli in the Indian team, stating, “His wicket was very important for the team. Virat Kohli is the backbone of the Indian team, and our plan was to bowl in the channel, and it worked.” This quote was shared in a video posted on Pakistan’s official cricket Twitter handle.
As the game’s momentum shifted towards India’s favor, Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya collaborated in a nerve-racking partnership of 138 runs, rallying the Blue team and reinvigorating the contest. Addressing the critical moments, Afridi added, “After the big partnership, Hardik Pandya’s wicket was very crucial at that time. Had the match happened, the result was in our hands, but we can’t do anything about the weather. Overall, our performance was good.”
Despite the eventual tie due to the unfavorable weather conditions, Pakistan secured their place in the Super 4s with three points from two matches. Their comprehensive victory over Nepal in the tournament opener bolstered their position in the competition. On the other hand, India, now holding just one point, faces a decisive encounter against Nepal on September 4 to ensure progression to the Super Four stage.