Shahid Afridi the bowler

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Afridi takes a wicketShahid Afridi seems to be quite the Twenty20 bowler. As skchai said in the comments: “Perhaps that is another aspect of his “Afridiness” – he is only effective bowling to other Afridis (not the members of his Pashtun clan, but rather players who play like him).”

Perhaps the ‘what would I do?’ approach to getting inside the batsman’s head is a major factor in his success – he took 3-18 as Pakistan beat Sri Lanka yesterday.

There’s also his unique bowling style. The shorter the format, the weirder the bowling required it seems. That seems to be the general consensus in international cricket. One over to go? ‘Bowl something weird,’ they all shout. ‘That’ll surprise them’.

80mph leg breaks are pretty weird.

We’re still siding with Pakistan as our tip for the tournament. A limp performance against India has been offset by a realisation. Pakistan’s plethora of all-rounders means they can afford to pick a specialist batsman to bat at eight. Yesterday it was Misbah-ul-Haq who’s got the rare distinction of having scored a Twenty20 hundred. Handy.


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  1. Hello King Cricket I’m back!

    My dad took my pc away because of bad exam results but I got it back after passing my re-sists.

    New site but still no piccy!

    Is it because you are dangerously cute?


  2. > Perhaps the ‘what would I do?’ approach
    > to getting inside the batsman’s head is a
    > major factor in his success

    One part of Afridi’s brain: “What would I do?”

    Other part of brain: “Tonk it for six. Like, duh.”

    Ah, I see.

    P.S. Hey there Briony! Are you sure it wasn’t really some kind of e-restraining-order? I suspect KC is as cute as Rob Key is a toned Adonis.

  3. We saw Rob Key on the telly today (our match report of us trying to find / watch the Eng-NZ game whilst on holiday will be with you in a few days). Rob looked rouged.

  4. How about a match report for a contest that took place on a cricket ground (the Kensington Oval, no less) but had nothing to do with cricket?

    I can send you one, if you like.

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