‘No remedy for misconceptions’: Former India cricketer responds to Shahid Afridi’s ‘Indians requested for forgiveness’ remarks

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Former India batsman Aakash Chopra has responded to latest remarks made by former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi in regards to the Indian cricket team. In a latest interview to Cric Cast show on Youtube, Afridi had stated: “I’ve always loved India. Unhe to theek-thaak mara hai humne. Itna mara hai unhe ki match ke baad maafiyan mangi hai unhone. (We’ve thrashed them lots. I consider we’ve thrashed them a lot that they used to ask us for forgiveness after the match).”

But Chopra identified sure stats which proved that the steadiness between the 2 teams was pretty equal in Tests and ODIs throughout Afridi’s time, and the way India had been method ahead in the T20Is.

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Speaking in the newest video uploaded on his personal Youtube channel, Chopra stated: “Pakistan team was once good at one level. It continues to be an okay team immediately. But there was a time when India used to play against Pakistan at Sharjah and the steadiness was tilted in the direction of the neighbouring nation. But it was not the ‘Afridi time’ that he’s speaking about.

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“Pakistan’s energy was sheer expertise – from Imran Khan to Wasim Akram to Waqar Younis. Because of it, they did rather well. They used to beat India, there isn’t any doubt about that. But later, when Afridi began playing and until the time he retired, issues had modified,” Chopra added.

Giving a take a look at the stats between India and Pakistan throughout Afridi’s time, Chopra further stated: “If you take a look at the stats, we played 15 Tests, each of us have won 5 Tests each. In ODIs, you will have won two more games than us. The stat is 41-39 in your favour in 82 games, so nicely executed. But I doubt that anybody goes to say sorry for simply losing two more games. 

“But while you discuss T20I, the format during which you had been actually good, India lead the head-to-head contest by 7-1. Isn’t the story informed backwards? Maybe, he (Afridi) needed to say something else, and he stated something else. I’m actually stunned,” he further added.

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Chopra went on to recall the story of a coach who bragged lots about himself, however a take a look at his stats revealed that he was an average cricketer. “Some of the perfect minds on this planet have stated that there’s a remedy when a snake bites you, however there isn’t any remedy for misconceptions,” Chopra stated.

The former right-handed batsman went on: “During Afridi’s time, the state of affairs was balanced, in truth it was beginning to tilt in favour of India. And if we discuss in regards to the present state of affairs, there may be fairly a distinction.

“If you take a look at World Cup records, you will see India have gone fairly ahead. You always bear in mind the 2017 Champions Trophy final, however even in that tournament India had thrashed Pakistan once in the tournament. India’s dominance is of a unique sort. When India journey to Australia, they beat Australia. When Pakistan journey to Australia, they lose by fairly a good margin. There is plenty of distinction between the 2 teams presently,” he further stated.


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