india vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2023 Match Shaheen Afridi’s Make Statement

The stage is set for a high-voltage clash as India gears up to kickstart their Asia Cup 2023 campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on September 2 in Pallekele, Sri Lanka. Much of India’s hopes hinge on the performance of their opening batsmen, but both Rohit Sharma, the captain, and Shubman Gill have faced challenges with their form in recent matches. The challenge for them becomes even more daunting as they prepare to face Pakistan’s premier left-arm pacer, Shaheen Afridi, who has issued a stern warning.

Speaking in an interview with Star Sports, Shaheen Afridi unveiled his straightforward game plan, one that is no secret to any opener. His primary objective is to dismiss the openers early, exerting pressure on the entire batting lineup. This statement from Afridi serves as a clear warning to Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill.

“In my opinion, my game plan is simple, every opener knows my game plan. The goal is to, as always, get the openers out to put pressure on the batting team. The middle order, when they come in, are not used to playing against the new ball as much as an opener. So there is a lot of pressure on the middle order to face the new ball,” Afridi emphasized.

However, there are concerns surrounding Shaheen Afridi’s fitness for the crucial clash against India. In Pakistan’s opening game of the Asia Cup 2023 against Nepal, the fast bowler left the field after bowling five overs and was seen in conversation with the team doctor, raising concerns about a potential injury. He did not return to bowl, and remarks made by Waqar Younis from the commentary box added to the apprehension.

“I don’t mind seeing a physio around a fast bowler at third man or fine leg. But when the doctor comes, that’s when it gets a little worrying. Shaheen has both of them around him,” Waqar expressed, adding to the uncertainty surrounding Afridi’s availability for the much-anticipated match.

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