An audacious prediction was made regarding one of the greatest talents on the Pakistani team by former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri. Babar Azam’s Pakistan team is facing an early departure from the ICC World T20 2022 in Australia after losing both of its Super 12 matches. In game 29 of the T20 World Cup on Sunday at Perth Stadium, the Pakistani team led by Shaheen Shah Afridi faced the Netherlands.

Before Pakistan’s crucial match against the Netherlands, former Indian head coach Shastri expressed his thoughts on Afridi’s lackluster comeback to international cricket. Due to a knee ailment, Afridi missed the whole Asia Cup. For the pivotal World Cup match between Pakistan and India, the pace merchant returned to the T20I squad.

In Pakistan’s Super 12 matches in the T20 World Cup against India and Zimbabwe, Shaheen failed to pick up a wicket. Former India all-rounder Shastri said that the star bowler was pushed into action by the Pakistani thought tank when questioned about Afridi’s performance in the T20 World Cup. The 1983 World Cup champion also claimed that after the T20 World Cup, bowler Afridi may take a vacation from competitive cricket.

“He is suffering, that much is obvious to me. I mean hurting when I say this. He isn’t quite fit, in my opinion. He has been returned a little too soon. Therefore, there are a few too many demands placed on him. The event is a World Cup. He feels the pressure because he wants to play. Both the nation and the selectors want him to play. But he will go cautiously. As the competition continues, he will find his groove. After the competition is complete, I anticipate him taking a significant rest,” Shastri said to Star Sports.

Stephan Myburgh, the Netherlands’ starting quarterback, was the pivotal victim that pacer Afridi took on Sunday, giving him his first wicket of the T20 World Cup 2022. Pacer Afridi cost Pakistan 19 runs in four overs while taking only one wicket. In the 20-over match in Perth, Pakistan, led by Afridi, held the Netherlands scoreless at 91-9.