Two major injury news in the India and Pakistan cricket squad made news when Asia Cup 2022 squads were announced. The Men in Blue lost their key asset from the bowling attack, Jasprit Bumrah while Pakistan lost their star-pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi. Even though Pakistan did really well against India on August 28, skipper Babar Azam did agree that his side somewhere missed the left-arm fast bowler presence. India won the match scripted by a beautiful performance from all-rounder Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja as they chased 148 runs.
Ravichandran Ashwin of Team India has showered admiration on Shaheen Afridi, a Pakistani pacer.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Ashwin emphasized how important Afridi was to Pakistan’s historic ten-wicket triumph over India at the T20 World Cup the previous year. He had a big impact on the game, getting rid of Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and Rohit Sharma.
He also confidently asserted that if the speedster had participated in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, he would have gotten a very rich deal.
“The last time we faced Pakistan, Shadab Khan, and Haris Rauf bowled effectively, but it was Shaheen Afridi’s opening burst that broke the game at the top. Afridi’s injury is a huge setback for them ahead of this game.”
“I have often wondered what would have happened if Shaheen Afridi had been there at an IPL auction.
“A tall left-arm seamer who sets the tone with the new ball and also throws yorkers towards the end of games. He may have gone for 14-15 crore if he had been present at the IPL auction.”
As we all know BCCI doesn’t allow Pakistan players to take part in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Ashwin suggested if that happened again during any time now, Afridi would be easily picked up for at least 14 to 15 crores with ease.