Former Indian captain, commentator and expert Sunil Gavaskar has foreseen a bright future for Afghanistan after their first ever World Cup win on Thursday, saying the players from the trouble prone country have come across as “natural cricketers”, reminding him of West Indies’ greats of the past.

Appreciating them, he said, “They come across as natural cricketers, like the players of the past West Indies team or a few players from Pakistan. They seem to have the ball sense, their timing of the bat swing and delivery stride of the bowler. It all seems to come naturally to them”.

Tendering a vital piece of advice, Gavaskar said, “They are naturally talented and that is why sometimes you need to leave them on their own. It is important that they don’t get involved in too many technicalities of the game.”

Underlining the importance of this very first win in their first World Cup show, Gavaskar described, “It is a huge win for them. I am sure many kids in Afghanistan will take up the game now. The way they fought back in the game today was fantastic. Even though they lost the last two games, they showed great character and fight”.

After the one-wicket win against Scotland, hero Samiullah Shenwari said, “It was difficult because we lost early wickets but I did my job. It was a very poor shot. I was trying to get another six but it was a very good win for us.”

His captain Nabi added, “The pressure was extreme again but Shenwari batted brilliantly. It’s good to put two points on the board. This is our first win in the World Cup and everyone (in Afghanistan) will enjoy this.”


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