Former Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi expects the experienced duo of Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez to come to the fore in today’s Champions Trophy final against India. Afridi also had a word of praise for Pakistan’s opening duo of Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman for their performances so far.
Shahid Afridi could not contain his joy about Pakistan reaching the final of the ongoing Champions Trophy. And he made his feelings known in his blog for the ICC's official website wherein he also had a word of advice about how Pakistan should approach the final against India.
“Azhar has been a revelation for me. Leading up to the tournament, his presence in the eleven was questioned by many, yet he has once again displayed that he is a strong character who makes a genuine effort to adapt to different situations in a match.”
As far as how Fakhar and Ali should approach the final, Afridi suggested, “If
However, the 37-year-old also opined that the Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez will need to come good if Pakistan
“As I have said earlier, Pakistan’s seniors Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez need to come to the party for the big game, both these players have contributed
“Hafeez’s cameo against England will hold him in good stead for the final. Malik has had a quiet tournament by his standards but I expect him to come good on the big occasion. We all need to back the seniors which will help them focus and help the youngsters in the team who might have some nerves or stage fright on Sunday.”