Srinagar, July 10: Reliving the moment Asia Cup 2014 win over archrivals India, former Pakistan Cricket team skipper Shahid Afridi has revealed how he tricked India’s spin wizard Ravi Ashwin to hit those all important sixes that helped Pakistan knock out India from the tournament.
In that match Virat Kohli was leading India in absence of MS Dhoni and needed to win that to stay alive. Everything was set as India almost snatched a win after Pakistan run chase went astray midway. It was left to the heroics of Boom Boom Shahid Afridi to script one of the sensational ODI wins for Pakistan.
He revealed sequence of that over which was last over of the inning with Ravi Ashwin bowling in an interview with Pakistan journalist Zainab Abbas.
“Saeed Ajmal was batting with me. I told him to put bat on ball and get a single. I told him not to go for the sweep shot but he ended up playing one and lost his wicket. Ashwin was bowling well, he was getting some purchase from the track too,” Afridi told cricket presenter Zainab Abbas.
“Then Junaid Khan came in. I told him the same thing, just get a single. He somehow managed to get me back on strike,” he added.
Afridi then revealed how he tricked Ashwin to get him to not bowl his off-spinner and hit him for two big strikes.
“What I did against Ashwin was to look towards the leg side. I wanted to trick him so that he thinks that I am going to hit on the leg side. The idea behind it was to force the off-spiner not to bowl his off-spin. And Ashwin did exactly that. He bowled the leg-spin. I hit it over the extra cover region for a six. The next delivery was a difficult one, I did not get it in the middle. I was in two minds, I was thinking will it go over the ropes or not. But in the end, the ball sailed over the fielder for a six. I breathed a sigh of relief,” Afridi concluded.
That loss meant India failed to reach the final. Pakistan’s joy though was short lived as they lost in the final to Sri Lanka. ( with inputs from HT Sports)