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Shahid Afridi Reveals How he Tricked Ashwin During 2014 Asia Cup Final

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“The next delivery was a difficult one, I did not get it in the middle. I was in two minds, I was thinking will it go over the ropes or not. But in the end, the ball sailed over the fielder for a six, and I breathed a sigh of relief.”

One of the biggest achievements of Shahid Afridi was his last over heroics against India, to help Pakisan lift the Asia Cup in 2014. The former all-rounder has now given an insight into what was he thinking at that time.

In the final over, Pakistan needed 10 runs to win, with just two wickets left. Ashwin removed Saeed Ajmal with the very first delivery of the over. Then Afridi hit two consecutive sixes to seal the victory for the Pakistanis.

“Saeed Ajmal was batting with me,” Afridi said while in conversation with Zainab Abbas. “I told him to put the bat on the ball and somehow get a single. I told him not to go for the sweep shot but he ended up playing one and lost his wicket. Ashwin was bowling well, he was getting some purchase from the track too. Then Junaid Khan came in and I told him the same thing – just get a single. And he somehow managed to get me back on strike.”

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“What I did against Ashwin was that I looked towards the leg side,” he said. “I wanted to trick him so that he thinks that I am going to hit on the leg side. The idea behind it was to force the off-spinner to not bowl his off-spin. And Ashwin did exactly that. He bowled the leg-spin. I hit it over the extra cover region for a six.

“The next delivery was a difficult one, I did not get it in the middle. I was in two minds, I was thinking will it go over the ropes or not.

"But in the end, the ball sailed over the fielder for a six, and I breathed a sigh of relief.”

first published:July 10, 2020, 16:37 IST