Aakash Chopra presented facts to school Shahid Afridi over his ‘India asked for forgiveness’ remark which he made recently in a Cric Cast show on Youtube. “Unhe to theek-thaak mara hai humne. Itna mara hai unhe ki match ke baad maafiyan mangi hai unhone. (We’ve thrashed them a lot. I believe we’ve beaten them so much that they used to ask us for forgiveness after the match),” Shahid Afridi had said.
Aakash Chopra acknowledged the fact that Pakistan used to be a good team when Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis were their. But also pointed out that since Shahid Afridi started playing and till his final retirement the side has seen a downward spiral.
Pakistan were a much better side than India in the 90s. However, in the World Cups India hold a better record, with the sub-continent nation also maintaining a 7-1 record over Pakistan in the shortest format.
“Pakistan team used to be good at one point. It is still an okay team today. But there was a time when India used to play against Pakistan at Sharjah and the balance was tilted towards the neighbouring nation. But it was not the ‘Afridi time’ that he is talking about.
“Pakistan’s strength was sheer talent – from Imran Khan to Wasim Akram to Waqar Younis. Because of it, they did really well. They used to beat India, there is no doubt about that. But later, when Afridi started playing and till the time he retired, things had changed,” Chopra added.
Chopra tried to prove that the competition between India and Pakistan has been well balanced. He also cited an example of a coach who bragged a lot about himself but his stats revealed that he was an average player.
“Some of the best minds in the world have said that there is a cure when a snake bites you, but there is no cure for misconceptions,” Chopra said while trying to take a sly dig at Afridi.
The overall stats, however, favour Pakistan due to their earlier performances. In Tests, Pakistan lead the head-to-head battle 12-9 while in the ODIs they are ahead by a 73-55 margin.