Sunil Gavaskar makes bold statement on Shaheen after ENG vs PAK T20 WC final | Cricket

Did Shaheen Shah Afridi’s harm price Pakistan a win within the T20 World Cup final in opposition to England? Legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has answered the buzzing query after Jos Buttler and Co. emerged triumphant over the Green Army to safe their second ICC World T20 crown on Sunday. Pakistan have been hoping to stage a late comeback when pacer Shaheen plucked a surprising catch to dismiss Harry Brook within the thirteenth over of England’s innings on the MCG.

However, Brook’s dismissal got here at a value as Shaheen ended up injuring himself whereas taking the catch of the on-song batter. Though Afridi was reintroduced into the assault after receiving therapy, the Pakistani pacer failed to finish his quota of overs. With Shaheen being dominated out of the competition, Pakistan’s Iftikhar Ahmed accomplished his over and ended up leaking 13 runs.

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Talking concerning the turning level of the World Cup final, batting legend Gavaskar opined that Pakistan have been already 15-20 runs brief in opposition to England. “I don’t think so, as they didn’t have enough runs on the board. They were around 15-20 runs short. Had they got to 150-155, they would have had a better chance and their bowlers would have had a bit of a cushion,” Gavaskar instructed India Today.

“But I don’t think the 10 deliveries that Shaheen didn’t bowl would have made that much of a difference. Maybe Pakistan would have got another wicket, but England would still have won,” Gavaskar added. Speaking to reporters after the match, Pakistan captain Babar admitted that his aspect was 20 runs brief with the bat within the final. The Pakistan skipper additionally asserted that Shaheen’s harm shifted the match in England’s favour.

Pacer Shaheen bagged the wicket of England opener Alex Hales and conceded 13 runs in 2.1 overs. Riding on Ben Stokes’ unbeaten half-century (52 off 49 balls), Buttler-led England outclassed Pakistan by 5 wickets within the T20 World Cup 2022 final on the MCG. England have change into the primary workforce to carry the T20 and 50-over World Cup titles in white-ball cricket.

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