Tendulkar will have to wait: Afridi

Published: March 26, 2011
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Shahid Afridi believes the semi-final against archrivals India will be a game of nerves and the team who handles the pressure better will prevail. PHOTO: AFP

Shahid Afridi believes the semi-final against archrivals India will be a game of nerves and the team who handles the pressure better will prevail. PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA: 

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said that India will be the team under pressure when the arch-rivals clash in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

Pakistan beat West Indies by a thumping 10-wicket margin while India prevailed over defending champions Australia in a close encounter in their quarter-finals to set up a high-profile battle for the April 2 final.

“It’s all about handling the pressure well,” said Afridi. “Whoever does well in that situation will prevail. India will feel it a little bit more than us due to their home conditions. With the crowd cheering every ball, the hosts can be overwhelmed.”

Afridi, the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 21 scalps in seven matches, added that his team had ample time to prepare for the last-four game. A strategy will be formed to counter the Indians, said the all-rounder.

“Every Pakistan-India match is a high-profile one. But the World Cup and a semi-final: it doesn’t get bigger. The crowd has huge expectations. We will form a strategy after we start training and try to overcome our weaknesses so that we can give India a tough time.”

History, however, favours India who have never lost a World Cup match to Pakistan and also won the last game the two teams played, in the Asia Cup last year. Afridi, nevertheless, dismissed concerns and said history counts for little when these two teams set foot on the cricket ground.

“We’ve hit a purple patch and so have India. It’s going to be a good game,” said the 31-year-old.

‘Tendulkar will have to wait’

Meanwhile, the captain sounded confident about not letting the Indian legend reach his 100th century. The batting maestro has a total of 99 hundreds, in Tests and One-Day Internationals, and is aiming to reach three figures of centuries in the World Cup.

“He will have to wait till after the World Cup to reach the landmark. We will try and make sure no batsman plays a long innings.”

He said the team will start training today after arriving in Chandigarh yesterday amidst VIP security.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 26th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (47)

  • xoxo
    Mar 26, 2011 - 11:07AM

    Go Green Go Get Mohali The Prayers of Whol Nation is with, weather you win or loss it you gota fight till the last bawl . Good Luck Recommend

  • Chilli
    Mar 26, 2011 - 1:02PM

    We want Shoaib Akhtar in green team as he will surely give his 200% in last outings. Give him a chance to prove his worth.Recommend

  • Bilal Khanzada
    Mar 26, 2011 - 1:29PM

    INSHAHALLAH Pakistan will win !! Recommend

  • Muhammad Kamal Ansari
    Mar 26, 2011 - 1:42PM

    Inshallah!
    Pakistan will beat India in Semi Final.Recommend

  • Kamal
    Mar 26, 2011 - 3:42PM

    I do’nt mind Sachin getting a Zero and India winning.Jai ho.Recommend

  • Dharmesh
    Mar 26, 2011 - 4:11PM

    All the Best India !!! :-)Recommend

  • Farooq
    Mar 26, 2011 - 6:17PM

    Inshallah! Pakistani Shaheens will teach Indians a lesson how to play.Recommend

  • Suleman
    Mar 26, 2011 - 6:58PM

    Inshallah!.India Will Win!!Recommend

  • alenxavier
    Mar 26, 2011 - 9:58PM

    just wait n c….its be a privilage for u guys….Recommend

  • NAVEED
    Mar 26, 2011 - 10:01PM

    Go Green Go. We all are praying for our PAKISTAN. Go Boom Boom Go. Allah is with us. inshaAllahRecommend

  • Qadeer Ahmed
    Mar 26, 2011 - 10:30PM

    Won’t care if pakistan loses final, but must win against India… It is our final match
    InshALLAH we will win, ALLAH is with usRecommend

  • lenu
    Mar 26, 2011 - 10:55PM

    @Qadeer Ahmed:
    Yes I agree at one point, this will be your final match of this world cup!!Recommend

  • S.A.Shah
    Mar 26, 2011 - 10:55PM

    @Qadeer Ahmed:
    @Suleman:
    always think positive who is win. This is not war .dont think u are win or lost people in both country will peace and happy so just watch the match and enjoy.Recommend

  • adnan awan
    Mar 26, 2011 - 11:51PM

    INSHALLAH nobody can stop us frm lifting da cup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GO PAKISTAN,,,,,,,JEEVAY PAKISTAN!!Recommend

  • Anwar
    Mar 27, 2011 - 12:12AM

    who will win ? only Some one knows ! Recommend

  • nasim+ahmed
    Mar 27, 2011 - 12:49AM

    Play your best,to win is nothing it is only the effort and the spirit that counts behind the result.No doubt the entire nation will pray for u so will indian for there team.Keep it upRecommend

  • Imran Jamil
    Mar 27, 2011 - 12:54AM

    Inshallah will win the contest!!! Afridi should bat first and runs as much as he can… Inshallah Pakistan will win…Recommend

  • Daniyal
    Mar 27, 2011 - 1:45AM

    @lenu:
    Yes I also agree at your point, This would be the final match of Pakistan to beat India in CWC 2011 InshaAllah :)Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Mar 27, 2011 - 4:26AM

    Go nail some indian tail afridi :)Recommend

  • Ajith
    Mar 27, 2011 - 6:26AM

    For the Little Master, it doesnt matter which team it is or which bowler it is… If on song, its gonna be poetry… I am also secretly hoping that Shewag gets going and blasts away a quick 60-70 too… Good luck pakistan! Its gonna be the mother of all cricket games… :) … Recommend

  • prem
    Mar 27, 2011 - 8:03AM

    india will win against pakistan in the semi we dont mind losing dis world cup but we want to win against pakistan we have the ability we have greatest batting line up u have only 2 good bowlers afridi and gul we are least bothered abt akthar and u have only 2 good bats man umar akmal and misbah our batting line up is solid rock with inclusion of raina zaheer and bhajji ll do der best to retrict u under 230 if we r batting we ll score above 330 its r billion people prayer india ll do there level best to chase u out jai ho bleed blue Recommend

  • Nouman
    Mar 27, 2011 - 12:08PM

    InshahAllah pakistan will win.. indian team have very much pressure on their shoulders
    1. home town pressure with very emotional and sportsman spirit less nation
    2. favourate team pressure
    3. never beaten by pakistan in world cup
    4. and playing vs pakistan in world cup tournment

    and these thing will go in pakistan favour.. lets see whats happenRecommend

  • Mr. T
    Mar 27, 2011 - 12:36PM

    i think we should all wish our team the best and pray tht they win. as for tendulkar’s century i hope tht it doesnt happen, but nonetheless, afridi and us shouldn’t count our chickens….all the best to our shaheens.Recommend

  • Asfandyar Khan
    Mar 27, 2011 - 1:12PM

    @NAVEED:
    There are more muslims in India…hence Allah is going to be with them too..lets just hope…we play a better game and may the best team win….Recommend

  • Mar 27, 2011 - 4:05PM

    We are the underdogs so we are more relaxed than India.in a crises situation we release more adrenaline than Indians.therefore we stand more chance to win than India.Recommend

  • Af....
    Mar 27, 2011 - 5:11PM

    Alll the best pak.. but its just a game.. not a war so b cool.. india nd Pak both r ours.. lov u pak, lov u india.. thanks God for eliminating austrailia and england..Recommend

  • Bangash
    Mar 27, 2011 - 6:23PM

    I agree with most of the comments.The thing is cricket is a game definitely one will win and other will be looser either india or pakistan.But we need a real game until the end dot from our paki shaheens they have to present good game and unity is must.Inshallah this worldcup is in our Hands.Recommend

  • ifesvr
    Mar 27, 2011 - 7:38PM

    I agree with Afridi. I guess Tendulkar will have to wait till April 2 for the century of centuries;)Recommend

  • mazen
    Mar 27, 2011 - 7:53PM

    Lets see which team will do better in this particular mouth-washer.As a pakistani my prayers are with pakistani team.I beg all of u either ur pakistani or indian stop making these kind of provocative statements,win or loss is in all ALLHA’S hand,just pray for ur teams and rest leave on ALLHA’S hand,afterall this is just a game,dont take this game as a matter of ur ego.Enjoy this game as a normal,though this is’nt a normal game but behave like a sober spectator instead of being so harsh at one an other.Just take an ablution and pray for pakistan,its my request to every pakistani.Pakistan zindabad.Recommend

  • nabiha saif
    Mar 27, 2011 - 8:06PM

    Pakistan is going to make it INSHAALLAAH!Recommend

  • A R Khan, Wisconsin
    Mar 28, 2011 - 3:42AM

    While India has the strongest batting line up, Pakistan has the strongest bowling attack. In fielding, I think I saw a good improvement in Indian team in the quarter final (compared to the fiasco with South Africa). Recommend

  • Avanti
    Mar 28, 2011 - 5:06AM

    @Mazen: “win or loss is in all ALLHA’S hand”
    Tell me one thing. If it is in ALLAH’s hand, then why would He let India win? And, if He does, how much do you think the almighty cares about Pakistan?Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 28, 2011 - 7:58AM

    Imagine.. 18 crores Pakistani Muslims and 20 crores Indian Muslims are praying for their teams to win. If God is democratic, India will never loose. Let us not bring religion in this wonderful sport. Inshallah Cricket will win. I love this game invented by white men for brown men. Three Asian Teams in Semi Finals tell the story. Let the match of the century be enjoyed by billions cricket lovers around the world.
    ( Being an Indian, I want Pakistan to win this cup, they deserve this more than the spoiled brats of the game)Recommend

  • Raza
    Mar 28, 2011 - 8:32AM

    Shaheens will come out victorious as 100 crore plus indians ready to eat their team alive if they lost to Pakistan :) . Lots of pressure on the Indian side….GO Pakistan!Recommend

  • MAD
    Mar 28, 2011 - 9:44AM

    @Suleman:

    TraitorRecommend

  • roza baig
    Mar 28, 2011 - 11:17AM

    inshaallah pakistan will do goodRecommend

  • roza baig
    Mar 28, 2011 - 11:20AM

    my all wishes wth pakistani teamRecommend

  • Saqib
    Mar 28, 2011 - 11:47AM

    PAKISTAN have Gul, Afridi, Akhtar, & Riaz ..i think that is the strongest bowling line up of this tournament .. and soo india have Sehwag, Raina & Yuvraj.. i guess this is definitely about the best bowling vs best batting Recommend

  • Karim Javed
    Mar 28, 2011 - 11:47AM

    @prem – Pray for sachin if he scored century then India have to lose it definitely :D We don’t care that sachin score a century or not. We just believe in win.Recommend

  • Apeman
    Mar 28, 2011 - 12:05PM

    so much bravado by us pakistanis.

    i think it’s more apt to paraphrase Tennyson here:

    “Into the valley of blue death strode the green eleven”

    I, for one, will be shocked (but happy) if Pakistan win. However, that’s grasping at straws.Recommend

  • vivek
    Mar 28, 2011 - 12:30PM

    no one can stop sachin reaching 100th century. None of the player in the world have an experience like tendulkar and he is the man who is playing from 1989. looking forward for the SACHIN’s 100th century and time is going prove pakistani’s overconfidence.Recommend

  • kashif
    Mar 28, 2011 - 3:23PM

    While talking to the media, Imran Khan said that the semi-final match between India and Pakistan is bigger than the final of the World Cup. The sight at the stadium will be very emotional as an old rivalry will be awakened.

    Imran Khan has predicted that that Pakistan will play Sri Lanka in the in the final of the World Cup. He also dismissed Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s statement that they will keep a close eye on match fixing. Imran Khan added that no one can think of fixing the match between Pakistan and India.

    On the other hand, former Indian Captain Kapil Dev said that the Pakistani Squad will be performing at their best under the leadership of Shahid Afridi.
    http://dunyanews.tv/index.php?key=Q2F0SUQ9NCNOaWQ9MjI5MzI=Recommend

  • TALHA ZEESHAN HASHMI
    Mar 28, 2011 - 3:59PM

    *I think both the nations of India and Pakistan are too much mentle. English people leads the world bcz they don’t take games are many issues like this seriously. Its only a game watch and lets enjoy. I am unable to understand that when we learn these logics and go to lead the world.*Recommend

  • Nitin
    Mar 28, 2011 - 10:57PM

    @TALHA ZEESHAN HASHMI:
    This is easily the best point that I have read in ages on ET -rest are such jingoistic dumb points. Good to see that there are some ‘wise’ people like Talha. This is only a cricket match – it does not mean anything more than that (having said that, i am glad that the racist australians have been beaten by both India and Pak).

    If the two countries really want to compete, it is most certainly not war or cricket. It should be a healthy competition where the ‘junta’ or the ‘awaam’ benefits- for e.g., let’s have a healthy competition on who does better to eradicate poverty, eradicate illitracy, encourage businesses, improve the std of living., improve the infrastructure, gets rid of extremist elements. Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Mar 29, 2011 - 8:56AM

    Afridi should not have said anything silly about a great crickter. Recommend

  • Suresh
    Mar 29, 2011 - 10:55AM

    Pakistan (A team playing for money not for thier country) is nothing to us in cricket. Keep it in mind that our India will not only going to beat Pakistan but also Srilanka to lift the world cup. I got this confirmation through beating defending champion australia. so I will Suggests Pakistan and Srilankan players to book their ticket to home as soon as possible. Recommend

  • lakshi
    Mar 29, 2011 - 11:20AM

    India will teach a lesson to you all. Common India

    Victory is very near for usRecommend

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