Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Asif
Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi [Image-Getty]

Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar lamented the fact that he was kept out of the playing XI for the semifinal of the 2011 ODI World Cup against India.

Akhtar was declared unfit ahead of the game but he insisted he was treated unfairly by the management despite knowing those two games could well end up being the final matches of his career.

Mohali memory haunts me…that 2011 World Cup semi-final. They should have played me, they should have. It was completely unfair from the team management. I knew that I had just two matches left and I had this desire that at Wankhede the Pakistan flag is held high and the team is playing the final.

Shoaib Akhtar, PSL
Shoaib Akhtar [Image Credits: Google]
I knew that India was under immense pressure. The entire nation and the media were looking up to the team which means we were the underdogs. So I believed that we shouldn’t have taken the pressure,” Akhtar told Sportskeeda.

“I would have dismissed Sachin and Sehwag” – Shoaib Akhtar

Akhtar felt that he could have dismissed the strong Indian opening duo of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar early on which could have tilted the game in Pakistan’s favor.

They told me I was unfit. But I went inside, I bowled eight straight overs during the warm-up. If I played that match, no matter what the consequence would have been, I would have dismissed Sachin and Sehwag. India would have collapsed if Sachin and Sehwag were dismissed early. I was really really hurt.

ICC World Cup Semi Finals
India vs Pakistan[photo: Twitter]
So see that match for 5-6 hours and watch Pakistan lose from the dug-out…I am not that kind of person who cries but I’m a kind of person who breaks things. And I did break a few things in the dressing room because I was so sad, disappointed and furious and so was the entire nation. I knew that all it mattered was those first 10 overs,” he also added.

India went on to defeat Pakistan and then Sri Lanka in the final to lift the 2011 ODI World Cup.

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