Young Pakistan fast-bowling sensation, Shaheen Afridi, credited national coaches for his improved bowling –better yorkers and improved slower balls after adjudging Man of the Match for his stunning show with the ball in the second T20 International against New Zealand on Friday (November 2).
The teenage pacer ended with the magical spell of 3/20 to play a key role in Pakistan’s 6-wicket win in the series decider T20I and their series win 2-0 in the three-match series over the Black Caps in Dubai.
The 18-year-old further went on to express his desire that he wants to play for his country for a long time. He is also happy with his show against the Kiwis with the new ball in Dubai.
Shaheen told reporters after the match, “I have been performing well in the games so far. The coaching staff is helping me get better. I feel my yorkers better and slower balls have improved. You have to look at the batsman's weak zones and bowl accordingly, I am also happy to bowl with the new ball. I just want to play for a long time for Pakistan.”
Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed credited his team for the emphatic series win over New Zealand, saying: “It's the effort of the players. I feel we have a good balanced side, with Hasan Ali coming in at 10, I know we can chase 150-160.”
Sarfraz signed off by saying, “Hafeez is in great form and has made most of his opportunity, Babar is a talented played and it's good to see that he is improving every day. Asif was sent up the order to ensure that he gets time. We feel if he gets in, he can play the big shots at ease.”
(Input: News 18)