Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi, who locked horns with several cricketers — especially Indians including Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh and Virendra Sehwag during his cricketing career — made an odd statement that Pakistan had ‘beaten’ India so many times and so badly that men in blue used to seek forgiveness from his team.
During an interview, Shahid Afridi said he had always enjoyed playing against India. “Unhen’ to theek-thaak mara hai humne. Itna mara hai unhen’ ke match kay baad maafiyan mangi hain unhon’ne, (we have beaten them fair and square; we defeated them so much that they would plead after matches to spare them)” Afridi said.
It is, of course, a fact that in head-to-head contests in ODIs and Tests, Pakistan still have a decent lead over their neighbours. Former Pakistan all-rounder and skipper Shahid Afridi made another glaring remark with regard to India-Pakistan rivalry over the years. He recalled the time when his side dominated India.
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I have enjoyed a lot playing against India and Australia, you have more pressure. They are good teams, big teams. Going and performing in their conditions is the big thing,” he further added.
Pakistan lead India 73-55 in ODIs, but it’s majorly based on their success in the 1980s for which Afridi should not be claiming credit. In the 30 matches played between the two teams in the ’80s, Pakistan won 19 times while India won only nine games.
Afridi may but claim credit for the trend continuing in the 1990s. Out of the 48 matches played, Pakistan were ahead of India 28-18.
There was hardly anything to separate the two sides in the 2000s, even though India edged Pakistan 25-23. Between 2010 and 2020 though, India have zoomed ahead with a 10-4 lead with no draws on tie. This includes three World Cup wins – in 2011, 2015 and 2019 (taking their overall World Cup tally to 7-0) and a 6-1 scoreline in T20Is.
Afridi stated, “My most memorable inning was the 141 against India (Chennai Test, 1999), that too in India,” revealed Afridi. “I was not going on that trip, they were not taking me. Wasim bhai and the chief selector that time supported me a lot. It was a very difficult tour and that inning was very important,” he added.
Apart from this, Afridi had also slammed a match-winning 46-ball 102 versus the Men in Blue in an ODI in Kanpur in 2005. In total, Afridi played 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 99 T20Is.
The 40-year-old former cricketer recently recovered from the deadly COVID-19 infection and had shared the news for his fans on social media platforms.