New Delhi: After Monday’s PSL match between Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars, Pakistanis briefly lived the Shahid Afridi era again. Shaheen Shah Afridi, soon to be the son-in-law of Shahid Afridi, gave fans a throwback moment with his attacking batting display, forcing a comparison with the former Pakistani veteran. Shaheen, who is also the captain of Lahore Qalandar, is trending in Pakistan.
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While some Pakistanis posted pictures of both Afridis in the same pose, others used memes.
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Javed Miandad, during a BOL News show, was explaining viewers how the bowler could easily get away with the last delivery with seven runs still required. But Shaheen Shah Afridi proved him wrong to take the game to a super over. Miandad had no option but to applaud the young talent’s batting display. Later, Miandad said Afridi had all traits to become a great all-rounder.
News channel Urdu News HD reached out to the senior Afridi himself to understand Shaheen’s last-ball hit in detail. Afridi said he knew that the ball hadn’t middle the bat and so he prayed: “ya Allah isko bahar bhijwa de bass”. Afridi said, “Shaheen is doing well, making good decisions. Mashallah he is doing very well.” He also wrote on Twitter with his picture: “SHAHEEN AFRIDIIII YOU BEAUTY!!!
SHAHEEN AFRIDIIII YOU BEAUTYYY!!! pic.twitter.com/RPv9ui2lNp
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) February 21, 2022
On BOL News, senior sports journalist Iqbal Jamil said, “Shaheen Shah Afridi is the captain of the team. When a Captain performs well in the team other members also perform better.”
Shaheed Afridi may not have won the match but he won hearts, is what Pakistanis are saying.
— Ammar Hassan Awan🇵🇰 (@ammar_awan__) February 21, 2022
Stressing on the delight that Shaheen Afridi’s last-ball six gave to Pakistanis, a Twitter user posted the clip and asked: “How many times have you seen this six…qalandar win or lose is the part of the game …but we enjoyed the game so much”.
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And Shaheen Afridi memes also made a comeback on Twitter. This time, though, to celebrate his batting prowess.
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After India’s loss to Pakistan last year in the T20 World Cup, Shaheen Shah Afridi memes had flooded the internet. It was his brilliant swing bowling that kept India out of the high-pressure match.