IND vs PAK LIVE Score: Big danger-man Shaheen Afridi fulfils his promise, scalps Big 3 – Rohit Sharma Virat Kohli & KL Rahul

IND vs PAK LIVE Score: Big danger-man Shaheen Afridi fulfils his promise, scalps Big 3 - Rohit Sharma Virat Kohli & KL Rahul
IND vs PAK LIVE Score: Big danger-man Shaheen Afridi fulfils his promise, scalps Big 3 - Rohit Sharma Virat Kohli & KL Rahul

India vs Pakistan LIVE – T20 World Cup LIVE, Shaheen Afridi rattles India – India’s weakness against left-arm pacers came to the fore on Sunday as InsideSport predicted. Pakistan’s big danger man Shaheen Afridi rattled India with two wickets in his two overs, removing Rohit Sharma for zero and KL Rahul for 3. India vs Pakistan LIVE tonight at 7.30PM, Follow LIVE Updates with InsideSport.in

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The top four players in the current Team India batting line-up have dominated in almost every country against all types of bowlers barring one. The likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and KL Rahul have all have one weakness and that has been against left-arm pacers. Just sample this – Rohit Sharma has fallen victim to left-arm pacers 13 times, Suryakumar Yadav 10 times, Virat Kohli 9 times.

IND vs PAK LIVE Score: Big danger-man Shaheen Afridi fulfils his promise, scalps Big 3 – Rohit Sharma Virat Kohli & KL Rahul

InsideSport asked this question – Can tall Shaheen Afridi be big threat for India?

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On Sunday, Afridi proved InsideSport right. His deadly inswinging yorkers were rather unplayable as India’s lack of left-handers in the Top 4 proved costly. In his three overs, Afridi sent back Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in his first two overs. In fact, in his first 24 deliveries, there were 13 dot balls, the highest amongst all Pakistan bowlers, proving he was too hot to handle for Team India.

IND vs PAK LIVE Score: Big danger-man Shaheen Afridi fulfils his promise, scalps Big 3 – Rohit Sharma Virat Kohli & KL Rahul

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Shaheen Afridi vs Rohit Sharma:

In his first over, Afridi’s yorker-length delivery with a bit of inswing stunned Rohit Sharma. The late movement of his legs meant, Afridi delivery caught him leg before on a duck. With that Rohit Sharma also continued his poor run against Pakistan in T20Is.

Watch how Rohit was dismissed:

Shaheen Afridi vs KL Rahul:

In his second over, on the very first ball, Afridi struck again. This time, his target was KL Rahul as his second inswinging yorker was rather unplayable. Even in form, KL Rahul could just watch the wickets shatter as the stumps tumbled.

Watch how KL Rahul was dismissed:


IND vs PAK LIVE Score: Big danger-man Shaheen Afridi fulfils his promise, scalps Big 3 – Rohit Sharma Virat Kohli & KL Rahul

Shaheen Afridi vs Virat Kohli:

Even though KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma surrendered to Afridi, Virat Kohli steadied India, carefully navigating the left-arm pacer. However, Afridi finally got the better of Kohli. The Indian captain trying to accelerate the innings, edged one in the 19th over, becoming Afridi’s third victim on the day. It was a shorter delivery with the pace off and Kohli fell. But his wicket did fulfil Afridi’s promise of taking the Top 3 wickets of India’s line-up.

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Shaheen Afridi India’s kryptonite? Since playing against India in the Asia Cup in 2018 Afridi has grown into a genuine wicket-taking bowler for Pakistan. Combine that with India’s record against left-arm fast bowlers and Pakistan captain Babar Azam will be excited to unleash Afridi on the Indian top-order.  

  • India’s batsmen including Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma have struggled against left-arm pacers.
  • None of the Indian batsmen has scored a half-century or century playing against left-arm quicks.
  • Amongst them, Rohit Sharma has fallen victim to left-arm pacers the most — 13 times. He is followed by Suryakumar Yadav (T20s) 10 times. Virat Kohli has been dismissed by left-arm pacers 9 times.
  • All Indian batsmen have resorted to an aggressive approach while playing against left-arm with all maintaining a high strike rate.
  • The higher angle of release from left-arm pacers and as the balls moves in creates a problem for Indian batters.
  • In the past, Indian batsmen also struggled against Mohammad Irfan, another left-arm quick.
  • However, to counter the speed and left-arm effect, India has Lukeman Mariwala as a net bowler while a young Umran Malik, the fastest Indian bowler in IPL 2021 with 152.95kmph will also help Indians tackle quick bowlers.
  • Even though Shaheen Afridi struggled against India in Asia Cup, since then he has scalped 32 wickets in 30 matches and 53 wickets in 27 innings.

IND vs PAK LIVE Score: Big danger-man Shaheen Afridi fulfils his promise, scalps Big 3 – Rohit Sharma Virat Kohli & KL Rahul

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India vs Pakistan Live – T20 World Cup LIVE: That Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan and Rishabh Pant all have never scored a fifty against the left-arm fast bowlers will be a bad sign for Team India. Combine that with Shaheen Afridi’s 6.5 ft height and average bowling speed of 144kpmh, he becomes a cannon as the ball comes inside and chances of getting trapped leg before increase quite significantly.

That Shaheen Afridi bowls from a height of 8ft (Height+bowling arm length) could become a problem for Indian batters. In the 2019 World Cup, Mohammad Amir, another left-arm fast bowler, bagged three wickets for an economy rate of just 4.70.

Furthermore, the struggle against the likes of Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson and Trent Boult has been widely covered.

Indian batsmen against left-arm pacers

Name Innings Runs Outs Avg SR HS 50/100 4s 6s Dot %
Virat Kohli 45 330 9 36.7 124.0 37 0 35 6 33.5
Rohit Sharma 42 354 13 27.2 137.7 49 0 32 16 40.5
KL Rahul 22 135 2 67.5 106 16 0 13 2 41.7
Suryakumar Yadav 43 255 10 25.5 142 17 0 32 8 39.4
Ishan Kishan 20 192 7 27.4 152 49 0 18 11 42.1
Rishabh Pant 12 45 2 22.5 113 9 0 5 0 37.5
Hardik Pandya 10 78 1 78 181 22 0 5 5 32.6

 

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