Pakistani fast bowler Shaheen Afridi appears to be struggling to regain his best fitness in the ongoing T20 World Cup. Afridi is yet to reach full match fitness.
Shaheen Afridi was out for three months with a knee injury in his right leg. The left-arm pacemaker admitted it’s not easy to get back to his best after returning from injury. The 22-year-old pacer injured his knee in the first test against Sri Lanka in July. After that, he couldn’t participate in the Asian Cup and went to rehab in England.
Afridi said: “It was not easy at all to recover from this kind of injury after three months. May Allah not let anyone suffer such a wound, but those who have suffered this wound know how difficult it is.
The fast young bowler added: “I try to give my 100%. I think my speed is back to how it was before. The average speed is 135-140 km/h. I try to reach my peak physical condition. The physical form of the matches is different. When you come back after three months, suddenly it’s difficult to make all the efforts.
Let us tell you that Afridi didn’t get a single wicket in Pakistan’s first two T20 World Cup matches. He said of his struggle for rehab in England: “I was alone in England. I struggled for two or three months. I have never been out of cricket for so long due to injury. Your friends and teammates surely support and appreciate you. My goal was to play the T20 World Cup and thank God I’m able to do that.
He said, “For the first two months, I couldn’t walk properly because the swelling was increasing. I could only go to the gym. For the past two weeks I have been bowling indoors and have been able to prepare to run on these courts. Summer was over, so there was no outdoor land available, so I could only run indoors.
Let us tell you that the road to the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup has become very difficult for Pakistan. The team will now play a game against South Africa in Sydney on November 3.