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Pakistan Cricket: What Shahid Afridi Said, Really Meant and Definitely Did Not

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27:  Shahid Afridi of Hampshire hits out during the Friends Life T20 Semi Final match between Hampshire and Somerset at Edgbaston on August 27, 2011 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)
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Linus FernandesAnalyst IIOctober 3, 2011

Shahid Afridi Has The Shivers For Sachin Tendulkar

What he said:

I saw Tendulkar’s legs shivering while facing his bowling.”

Shahid Afridi backs up Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar’s claim in his autobiography, “Controversially Yours”, that Sachin Tendulkar was intimidated by Akhtar’s raw pace.

Afridi added that this was normal for most batsmen. Every batsman feared one bowler or another.

“There are times when every batsman feels the pressure, it happens against [Pakistani off-spinner] Saeed Ajmal even,” said Afridi.

What he really meant:

“My teeth were chattering so much standing so close to Tendulkar’s blade that everything else appeared to shimmer.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“More ice-cream for us in the lunch break. That’s the solution.”

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