Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram believes it was Shahid Afridi and never Virender Sehwag who redefined the idea of opening the batting in Check cricket.
“In Check cricket, Sehwag got here later however in 1999-2000 Shahid Afridi modified the mindset of opening in Check cricket. Even when I used to be the bowler, I might know that I can get him out but additionally know that he can hit me for boundaries. He used to hit lose deliveries for sixes at will,” mentioned Akram whereas chatting with Afridi on a YouTube chat present.
Many within the cricket fraternity, together with the likes of David Warner, imagine that it was Sehwag who began for bowlers having a troublesome time at first of a Check match.
Akram revealed that Afridi, who made his debut as an opener in Check cricket in opposition to Australia in 1998, was not alleged to be part of that Pakistan aspect which toured India in 1999-2000 the place the swashbuckling all-rounder made his identify as a Check batsman.
Afridi scored his maiden Check century within the first Check at Chennai to assist Pakistan take a 1-Zero lead within the sequence which guests went on to win 2-1.
“I known as Imran Khan earlier than the tour choice. I instructed him ‘skipper I need to take Shahid Afridi on tour however just a few selectors have been in opposition to it. He instructed me ‘You must undoubtedly take him, he’ll win a one-two Check matches and make him open the batting’,” mentioned the previous left-arm pacer.
“I typically mentioned quite a bit with Imran, generally earlier than the tour, generally in the course of the tour and his ideas at all times got here in useful,” he added.
“What a knock it was on that Chennai observe. Afridi used to bounce down the observe and hit (Anil) Kumble and (Suni) Joshi for sixes,” Akram mentioned recalling the 141-run knock performed by Afridi within the Chennai Check.
Afridi, nevertheless, couldn’t set up himself as a daily Check participant as he managed to play simply 27 Assessments for Pakistan and scored simply 5 lots of.
Sehwag, however, represented India in 104 Check matches and scored 23 centuries, together with 2 triple lots of.