Afridi Credits ‘High Standard’ of Cricket by Virat & Co to IPL
Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi said that the standard of cricket being played by the ‘Men in Blue’ has been “exceptionally high”.
Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi said that the standard of cricket being played by the ‘Men in Blue’ has been “exceptionally high”.(Photo: AP)

Afridi Credits ‘High Standard’ of Cricket by Virat & Co to IPL

Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi praised Indian cricket team after their thumping victory over Pakistan in the World Cup 2019 at the Old Trafford in Manchester.

India took over Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS method) on Sunday, 16 June.

After the win, Afridi said that the standard of cricket being played by the ‘Men in Blue’ has been "exceptionally high" in the ongoing tournament and credited the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) for equipping youngsters with pressure handling techniques.

“Congratulations to BCCI on a well deserved win today. The standard of cricket being played has been exceptionally high and credit goes to IPL for not only helping identify and harness talent, but also in equipping younger players with pressure handling techniques.”
Shahid Afridi, former Pakistani player
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The former Pakistan skipper congratulated the Indian cricket team much before the match was finished.

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Earlier, legendary speedster Wasim Akram also heaped praise on BCCI for investing on India's first class cricket.

"Indian cricket invested everything in their first class cricket over the years. And we in Pakistan have hardly done anything for our first-class cricket," said Akram while commentating during Sunday's marquee clash which eventually turned out to be a one-sided affair.

Pakistan have a bad record against India in the World Cups. The ‘Men in Blue’ have emerged victorious on all the seven instances they have faced the 1992 champions in the showpiece event.

(With inputs from IANS)

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