According to Shahid Afridi, Pakistan relied on players like Asif Ali, Khushdi Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, and Shadab Khan, but none of them have been able to carry out their duties for India with the same level of consistency that Hardik Pandya has.
In the game’s shortest format, Hardik Pandya has established himself as one of India’s most reliable bat finishers. Hardik has volunteered numerous times to lead India to victory or assist them in putting up a sizable score with the bat, whether they are chasing under pressure or batting first easily. The all-rounder led India to victory over Pakistan in the Asia Cup after a challenging run chase. In the first T20I, he scored a blistering 71* off just 26 balls. In the series-clinching game in Hyderabad, he then shown steely nerves by hitting the winning boundary with just 4 runs still on the clock. Former Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi has taken notice of Hardik Pandya’s heroics with the bat.
When asked by renowned sports anchor Sawera Pasha, Afridi acknowledged that Pakistan is lacking a finisher with the skills of Hardik Pandya. “A player like Hardik Pandya is what we need. a dependable guy who bats at the end of the order, bowls important innings, and finishes the game with the bat. Do you believe that any Pakistani player is accepting responsibility for bringing games to a conclusion with the bat?” In a Samaa TV programme, Sawera questioned Afridi.
Asif Ali, Khushdi Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, and Shadab Khan were among the players Pakistan relied on, according to Afridi, but none of them could carry out their duties as consistently as Hardik Pandya has for India. “You’re correct.” We don’t have a finisher like Pandya of this calibre. Asif Ali and Khushdil were supposed to do the task, but they haven’t. Additionally inconsistent are Shadab and Nawaz. At least two of these four players must be reliable. Shadab’s bowling time is highly important. When he plays well with the ball, Pakistan triumphs “declared Afridi.
The former all-rounder said Pakistan need to plug the holes in their batting and bowling departments if they want to win the T20 World Cup in Australia slated to begin on October 16.
“You need two true quick bowlers and one all-rounder on the types of wickets we are currently playing on. Why don’t you play the new person Jamal that we chose? He should be used as an all-arounder; have him bowl first, then bat. You’ll learn more about the kind of cricketer he is. Pakistan must put a lot of effort into improving their bowling and batting while reducing the errors they have been making in recent games if they are to win the World Cup “Added he.