Shoaib Akhtar recently criticized Pakistan cricketer Shaheen Afridi, for not taking painkillers and injections to finish his spell in the 2022 T20 World Cup final in Australia. He further stated that, if it was him in Shaheen’s place, he would still have bowled against England. But defending the left-arm fast bowler, ex-Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has made some big statements.
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While talking to Samaa TV, Afridi called out the Rawalpindi Express as he talked about how Akthar took too many injections, which continue to affect his walk even today. Afridi further stated that we should leave Shoaib Akhtar alone in this discussion.
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“Shoaib Akhtar took so many injections that he can't walk now!”, Afridi said. “See, this is Shoaib Akhtar's class. He can do that. It's difficult, though. Everyone can't be Shoaib Akhtar. It's difficult to play with injury if you take injections and painkillers. Because then, you risk aggravating the injury further. Anyway, let's leave Shoaib Akhtar alone!”
Going back to Shoaib Akhtar’s comments on Shaheen Afridi, the 47-year-old was talking to cricketpakistan.com, where he stated how he would take any step necessary to play in the final. Akhtar also stated how he would have continued bowling even if his knees broke. He further went on to say that he would have become Pakistan’s ‘greatest celebrity’ in just a space of 12 minutes.
Shoaib Akhtar said, "If I was in his [Shaheen Afridi] place, I would have become the greatest celebrity of Pakistan during those 12 minutes by bowling the same number of deliveries. I would've come to bowl, fall, break my knees, but I would've got up, used injection to numb my knees, and repeated the same again."
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