Srinagar: Former India opener turned expert Aakash Chopra has said that Team India batters should be worried about pacer other then Shaheen Afridi in the Pakistan pace attack.
India and Pakistan are set to clash in T20 World 2022 match at MCG on October 23rd.
With Pakistan pace attack boosting likes of Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Naseem Shah everyone is in awe of the attach Pakistan possess. However Shaheen Afridi has been grabbing major limelight owing to return from the injury.
Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra feels that Rauf will be a more significant threat than Shaheen in the upcoming match between India and Pakistan on Sunday. The 45-year-old has weighed in on the current potential of the two and opined that Shaheen is yet to be at his best.
“But I feel the bowler be wary of on Sunday, isn’t Shaheen? It’s Haris Rauf. Afridi is getting close to his best but isn’t there yet…and is unlikely to be by the 23rd. Rauf will bowl the tougher overs and has the potential to make a difference,” Aakash Chopra tweeted.
The former Indian batter praised Shaheen’s in-swinging yorker for dismissing Afghanistan’s opening batter today in a warm-up match.
“Full…swinging…fast. Shaheen Afridi is getting close to his best. Gurbaz’s toe agrees,” wrote Chopra on Twitter.
Shaheen played two warm-up games at the T20 World Cup, bowling figures of 0/7 (2 overs) and 1/29 (four overs) against England and Afghanistan, respectively.
Meanwhile, Rauf bowled well against Afghanistan, taking two wickets. Rauf was also the leading wicket-taker in the September home series against England.
The last time Shaheen faced India in the T20 World Cup in 2021, he ran through the top order, dismissing Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli.