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“Shaheen’s real problem is…”: Ravi Shastri comments on Pakistan’s problems against Australia – Magazine Creations

Playing their first Test series after the 2023 ICC Men’s World Cup, Pakistan bowled out Australia for 487 on the second day of the series opener in Perth, with their bowlers returning to form after batting on the first day.

In the absence of Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf, Pakistan’s pace attack lacked attack and pace. Looking at the match scorecard, out of the first 95 overs, Shaheen Afridi bowled only 25 overs. However, its pace ranged alarmingly into the early 1930s.

Commenting on Shaheen Afridi’s performance, coach and former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri opined that a player putting all the pressure on him is not the right approach. His bowling partner Khurram Shehzad was seen bowling in the mid-20s, while Faheem Ashraf’s average speed was 127 kmph.

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“I think the real problem that Shaheen Afridi faces is the pressure of being the spearhead of this Pakistan attack. And without a lot of real support at the other end, when it comes to speed. When you talk about Pakistan and their speed attack, there is a real drive,” Hindustan Times quoted him as saying. “You don’t have a single player here that even comes close to 140. That puts enormous pressure even on someone like Shaheen,” Shastri said during commentary.

Pakistan vs Australia first test:

In the first Test, Australia managed to score 487 runs on the scoreboard, all thanks to David Warner’s 164 and Mitchell Marsh’s 90. Apart from this, Usman Khawaja made an important 41, while Travis Head scored 50.

For Pakistan, Aamir Jamal picked 6 wickets, Khurram Shehzad took 2 wickets, and Shaheen Shah Afridi and Faheem Ashraf picked one each.

Chasing 488, Pakistan scored 132 runs after losing 2 wickets in 53 overs on the second day. Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon picked one wicket each.

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Published: 15 December 2023 07:10 PM IST

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