India vs Pakistan: Shaheen Afridi's Absence Is Advantage India - Saba Karim

Updated - 21 Aug 2022, 11:44 PM

Saba Karim, Shaheen Afridi
Saba Karim, Shaheen Afridi. (Photo: Twitter)

Former Team India selector Saba Karim has named Pakistani speedster Shaheen Afridi the country’s most valuable match winner. He believes his absence will be felt by his archrivals against India in the Asia Cup.

The former Indian wicketkeeper believed that the absence of the left-arm quick would affect the balance of Pakistan’s playing XI, which would ultimately benefit the defending champions.

Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi
Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi. Credits: Twitter

Pakistan Will Feel The Absence Of Shaheen Afridi: Saba Karim

“Shaheen Afridi is the biggest match-winner. Pakistan will feel his absence. The Pakistan team will lose their balance after the absence of Afridi. It will surely benefit India. The Men in Blue are going with complete preparation”,Karim told India News Sports. 

Shaheen Afridi
Shaheen Afridi. Image: Twitter

“The advantage for India is that we have plenty of options despite the absence of Jasprit Bumrah. Several youngsters have risen in the ranks. Deepak Chahar is on standby. He can come into the team in place of the unfit Bumrah. India won a lot of big T20 tournaments without him. We are not reliant on a single bowler in the pace bowling department.”

Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi has been ruled out of the Asia Cup 2022 due to a knee injury. As a result, he will miss the home series against England. Pakistan will be hoping that the star pacer returns to full fitness in time for the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia in October-November.

It is worth noting that Shaheen Afridi destroyed the Indian batting lineup in the most recent ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE.

He dismissed Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul before dismissing half-centurion Virat Kohli. The Men in Blue had a forgettable night, losing to their arch-rivals by a humiliating 10-wicket margin.

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