Team India had a bumpy ride in their first Asia Cup 2023 match against the arch-rivals Pakistan, with Shaheen Afridi causing chaos among their top-order batters.
First, the left-arm pacer sent Rohit Sharma packing with an absolute gem of a delivery, getting him out for a measly 11 runs. Then, in no time, he got rid of Virat Kohli for just four runs, leaving India at 27/2 in just 6.3 overs.
Then came Haris Rauf, who took charge of the attack, dismissing both Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill. He trapped Shreyas Iyer for 14 runs with a well-executed short-pitched delivery, exploiting Iyer’s known weakness, and bowled out Shubman Gill with a brilliant delivery.
Meanwhile, the ex-Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar could not contain his excitement watching Pakistan’s fast bowlers dominate India again. He shared a video where he was visibly pumped, gushing about Shaheen Afridi.
In the video, you can catch Akhtar delivering a classic Sholay movie line. Here’s what he had to say:
“Kitne log the bhai? Teen. Teen me se do ko Shaheen Shah kha gya! Well done Shaheen and Haris. Keep the pressure on, that is very important.”
Earlier, Rohit Sharma won the toss and chose to bowl first. However, his decision backfired big time as the cloudy conditions at Pallekele played into the hands of Pakistan’s fast bowlers, allowing them to wreak havoc.