'Ravi Shastri se pucho surf toh nahi kha lia' - Fans react as Irfan Pathan praises Shaheen Afridi for his five-wicket haul against Australia

A few days back, former India head coach Ravi Shastri had called Shaheen Afridi a good bowler but isn't as good as former Pakistan skipper Rohit Sharma

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Irfan Pathan, Shaheen Afridi

Irfan Pathan, Shaheen Afridi (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan has praised Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi. The latter took a five-wicket haul against Australia in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023 game. Batting first, the five-time winners had a great start with David Warner and Mitchell Marsh putting together 259 runs for the first wicket. At this point, it looked like the Aussies would get more than 400 runs.


However, thanks to Afridi's five-wicket haul, the Yellow Brigade was rather restricted to 367/9. After the likes of Marsh and Warner got their individual hundreds, the others failed to make a mark with the bat. After the first innings, Pathan praised Afridi and said that the others looked flat in the ongoing game. On the other hand, Pakistan has reached 232/4, having lost the wicket of Saud Shakeel.

Shaheen Afridi is a good bowler but not a Wasim Akram: Ravi Shastri

Meanwhile, during the India-Pakistan game last weekend, former India head coach Ravi Shastri refused to give in to the hype around Afridi. The former said that the left-arm pacer is a good bowler but not at the level of Wasim Akram


"He is a good bowler, he can claim a wicket with the new ball. But you have to admit it, if Naseem Shah is not playing and the quality of Pakistan's spin bowling is like this, then Shaheen Shah Afridi koi Wasim Akram nai hai! Acche bowler hai. Lekin itna bhi jyaada chadane ka koi zaroorat nahi hai. Jab hai theek thak, toh bolna chahiye woh theek thaak hai. Chadha ke nahin bithana chahiye ki bohot zabardast hai. Yeh nahi hai! Yeh maan na padega. (Shaheen Afridi may be a skilled bowler, but it's essential not to exaggerate his abilities by comparing him to Wasim Akram. While he is undoubtedly a good player, it's important to limit our praise to acknowledging his proficiency. He may not reach the status of a great player, and we must acknowledge that fact)," Shastri said.

This is how Twitter reacted


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