Shahid Afridi recently had invited a lot of controversy with some of his comments in one of the press conferences. Afridi had said that he had always enjoyed playing in India and as a matter of fact, he was loved more in India than his very own Pakistan.
The comments from Afridi had roughened up sentiments back home in Pakistan, as former greats and legends slammed Boom Boom Afridi for his comments. Against India at the Eden Gardens, it was the turn of former England skipper and toss presenter Nasser Hussain to have a go at the Pakistani skipper.
After assessing the roaring crowd backing the Indian skipper, Hussain questioned Afridi if that was the love he was referring earlier. Afridi seemed to be caught off guard and was literally without any response, blanked out. However, Afridi soon retracted from the question and did his best to avoid the controversial question.
Post the game, Afridi said that his side should have performed better. “First of all, I want to congratulate Dhoni and his team for playing well,” he said. I did not expect the pitch to spin so much, but no excuse. I think we didn’t score enough runs. We were short by 30-35 runs. Their spinners bowled well. I think we didn’t bowl in the right areas and I didn’t bowl well.”
“Virat Kohli played an awesome innings. I would have picked another spinner for this pitch. India play very well under pressure. Their batsmen play well under pressure and our batsmen have to learn from them in that aspect. We are playing Australia and New Zealand next, so we’ve got to play very well. This game is done, we need to quickly focus on the next game,” Afridi added.