Former Pakistan fast-bowler Shoaib Akhtar said that all-rounder Shahid Afridi was always at an advantage as he would switch his roles according to the situation during matches.
Afridi, recalling a Test match against India in Lahore in 2006, said that Akhtar always threatened batsmen but was joking around when the pitch became too flat for bowlers to overcome the pain.
Great memories, this was I believe after one of my favourite Test inns in Lahore against India in 2006, Shoaib was always a threat for batsmen but this was a very flat wicket and bowlers were left to share jokes to overcome their pain 😂 https://t.co/9kTCuH4pYU
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) May 29, 2020
The Rawalpindi Express, retweeting Afridi’s post, said that the prolific all-rounder could call himself a batsman or a bowler whenever he wanted.
You were always at an advantage. Calling yourself a bowler when you wanted and a batsman when you wanted 😛😜😝.— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) May 29, 2020
Surely a batsman in this one as you scored a 100.
Main toh bowler he tha bhai on this bowlers graveyard that day. https://t.co/bfgilfGBij
The Test series opener in Lahore ended without a result.
Pakistan declared their first innings at 679-7 with Mohammad Yousaf, Younis Khan, Afridi and Kamran Akmal scoring centuries.
India managed 410-1 in their first innings with Virender Sehwag playing a 254-run knock while Rahul Dravid remained unbeaten at 128.