In the first two overs, Afridi bowled India opener Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in the power play over against India, who had to bat first in the match. India could not recover from the impact of Afridi as they progressed from the openings given by the openers. Afridi caught Rohit in front of the wicket in a beautiful in-swing yorker in the match in Dubai and bowled Rahul clean with a beautiful ball. Afridi’s performance was the talk of the town at the time.
But now Ramis Raja, the former Pakistan captain and chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, has made it clear that he had told Pakistan captain Babar Azam about his plan to oust Rohit in that match. The revelation of Ramiz Raja is on the BBC podcast.
‘Before going to the World Cup, Babur Assam and the Chief Selector came to see me. I asked him what was your plan for the match against India. I told them I could tell them the way to get Rohit Sharma out. Babur listened to it very carefully. Tell Shaheen Afridi to bowl at 100 mph, stop a fielder on short leg, throw an inswinger yorker at 100 mph and stop Rohit on strike without giving a maximum of single. I told them that Rohit could be expelled if they followed these paths. ‘ – Said Rameez Raja.
Rohit was out on the first ball bowled by Shaheen Afridi in the T20 World Cup. Rohit was caught in front of the wicket by an inswanging yorker thrown by Afridi. Rahul faced the first three balls of Shaheen Afridi’s first over. Rahul Rohit, who took a single off the third ball, handed over the strike. But Rohit was out in the fourth ball.
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Batting first, India scored 151 for seven in 20 overs. In reply, Pakistan reached the target in 17.5 overs without losing a wicket. Pakistan’s opening batsmen Babur Assam and Mohammad Rizwan were seen beating the Indian bowlers. The loss in the match was a major setback for India’s semi-final chances. In the second match, India lost to New Zealand. Despite winning the last three matches, India lost the first two matches.