Shaheen Afridi still looking for full fitness at the T20 World Cup | Cricket News


PERTH (Australia): Shaheen Shah Afridi may not be fully fit to take part T20 World Cup after missing three months with a right knee injury.
He tries, but it was difficult for him to return to his best form after such an injury. Some in Pakistan have criticized Pakistan for playing Afridi when he is not fully fit, but Afridi said that his speed has not slowed him down this World Cup.
“It is not easy to come back after three months from such an injury. May God never put anyone through this injury, but those who get this injury obviously know how difficult it is. I try to give my 100%. I think my pace was similar earlier too. Average pace was around 135-140km/h; I’m trying to get back to full fitness. Match fitness is different. When you come back after three months, it’s hard to put in a full effort right away ,” Afridi said as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
Afridi was among the most expensive bowlers and went wicketless in the first two matches. On Sunday he set the tone with solid lengths and also managed to get on board which wickets against the The Netherlands in Perth.
“I was alone [in England where he did the rehab], I struggled for two or three months. I have never had such a long injury layoff. Of course, your friends and teammates support you and appreciate you. My target was to play in the World Cup, and thanks to God I could.
“For the first two months I didn’t even walk properly because the swelling would increase. Then I just went to the gym. In the last two weeks I’ve been bowling indoors so I’m somewhat prepared to run on these surfaces. The summer was over so there were no outside pitches available so I could only bowl indoors,” said Afridi.
“We lost two close games, but as a team we know we are a better team than that. At the same time, we dominated those two games for long periods. They are now history. We just stick together and try to do our best. See we can only control what’s in our hands. So we don’t think about the other matches. If it’s in our lot, we’ll make it,” Shadab said as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
“No team is easy in this World Cup. It’s good we are on board. We played well in the last two games too, but the result is not in your hands. We will try to give our best in the remaining matches,” Afridi added. asked about the team’s game against South Africa.


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