Veteran Indian seamer Shami was seen sharing the tricks of the trade with Pakistan pacer Afridi on Monday, while the legendary Sunil Gavaskar shared batting tips with Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam.
In a video posted on Twitter by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Shaheen was seen praising Shami’s ability to bowl with an upright seam.
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“Jab se maine bowling start kari hai tabse mai aap ko folg kar raha hu, aap ki na wrist position aur naat ka jawab nahi hai (I have been following you ever since I started bowling and from that time I am a big fan of your wrist position and upright seam,” Shaheen said.
In response, Shami said, “Agar release point acha ho jayega na seam bhi theek ho jayega (if the release point is on the point, then the seam will automatically be good).”
Shami bowled a brilliant three-wicket 20th over to seal India’s six-run victory over ICC T20 World Cup host Australia in their warm-up game here. Pakistan lost its warm-up match against England by six wickets.
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Shami, who was not part of the original squad, was included in the squad after an injury forced Jasprit Bumrah out of the tournament.
Both Shami and Afridi practiced together in the nets.
India will begin their campaign against Pakistan on October 23 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Bangladesh and South Africa are the other members of this group in Super 12.
In another video, Gavaskar was seen helping Pakistan’s run-getter and captain Babar with tips.
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Babar met the Indian batting legend at a private party, where Gavaskar gifted the Pakistani a cap signed by him a day after his 28th birthday.
The Pakistan captain greeted the former Indian captain, while the latter wished him ‘Happy Birthday’.
Gavaskar was heard telling Babar, “Shot selection acchi ho toh koi problem nehi (If the shot selection is good, there is no problem). Situation ke hisaab’s shot selection karein, koi problem nehi (Shot selection must according to the situation).”
Saqlain Mushtaq and Mohammed Yousuf, who are part of the Pakistan coaching staff, were also present along with Gavaskar and Babar.