Pakistans captain Shahid Afridi celebrates taking the wicket of Canadas Rizwan Cheema during their ICC Cricket World Cup group A match in Colombo. — Reuters


Pakistan’s captain Shahid Afridi celebrates taking the wicket of Canada’s Rizwan Cheema during their ICC Cricket World Cup group A match in Colombo. — Reuters

KARACHI: As Pakistan and India gear up for the crucial clash of the Super Four stage, cricket great Shahid Afridi said that Men in Green can beat arch-rivals this time.

Speaking to journalists, Afridi said Pakistan has gained rhythm after beating Hong Kong one-sidedly.

“Pakistan team fought really hard against India and then their last victory over Hong Kong must have given them much-needed rhythm,” the former captain said.

“Pakistan team has all the ingredients for a solid performance against India. They can beat them in super 4s on Sunday [September 4],” he added.

Bench strength

Afridi thinks Shaheen Shah Afridi’s injury gave bench strength a chance to prove themselves before the mega T20 World Cup this year.

“I don’t think Shaheen’s injury hurt Pakistan a lot. I think it gave them a chance to try bench strength before T20 World Cup,” he said.

Shaheen got ruled out of T20 Asia Cup 2022 due to a knee injury. He was advised four to six weeks of rest by PCB’s medical team. Currently, he is in London for his knee treatment. 



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