Former Pakistan captain Afridi made a big statement on Saturday (Oct 9) ahead of the epic IND VS PAK T20 WC which is to be played at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on October 23. Afridi believes that the current Pakistan cricket team led by Babar Azam has brought back Pakistan as one of the fiercest competitors of the Indian cricket team. He said that under leadership of DHONI, IND beat PAK so many times that they had become unimportant. Dhoni had changed the approach of the Indian team in his time, said Afridi. But it is not the case anymore. Babar’s PAK after defeating IND twice in one year cycle has proved they are not a runover any more.
Last year when Pak beat India at T20 World Cup, it was the first time they had done so in a World Cup. Till then, India had never lost to Pakistan in any World Cup match. Men in Blue are still undefeated in the ODI World Cup. Pakistan beat India again at the Asia Cup to stop them from qualifying for next stage.
“Agar aap India ke team ko uthake dekhe, pichle kuch aarse main, MS Dhoni ke daur me agar aap dekhe toh unhone aapni approach ko change kardiya. Unhone Pakistan team ko…woh joh Pakistan-India hota tha woh khatam kardiya tha. Kyunki woh continuous jeetein jaa rahein the. Unhone soch badli apne, unhone AUS, ENG, SA..uss level pe unke jo top batsmen the unhone unke saath muqabla karna shuru kardiya tha. Unhone Pakistan ko, sorry to say, side main rakh diya tha. Par aab woh cheez wapas aa rahein hain and of course wapas ayegi. Approach bohot important he to decide aap apne aap ko kis level me rakhna chahatein hain,” Afridi was quoted as saying on Samaa TV.