Sunil Gavaskar on ENG vs PAK Final: Most cricket experts and former cricketers are telling Shaheen Afridi’s injury as the turning point of the T20 World Cup 2022 final played between England and Pakistan (ENG vs PAK) on Sunday. They say that Shaheen Afridi could not bowl his full quota of overs due to injury and this thing affected the result. However, former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar says that even if Shaheen had bowled the entire over, England’s victory was certain.
Talking to India Today, Sunil Gavaskar said, ‘I don’t think Shaheen’s injury was the turning point. This is because Pakistan did not have many runs. He had 15-20 runs less. If the Pak team had 150-155 runs then there would have been better chances of victory. But I don’t think that the 10 balls that Shaheen did not bowl made any difference in the result. It was possible that Pakistan would have got one more wicket but England would still have won.
Pak bowlers had released sweat
In the final match of T20 World Cup 2022, Pakistan scored just 137 runs while batting first. But despite such a low score, the Pakistani bowlers made England sweat to achieve the target. At one point in the match, Pakistan’s upper hand was starting to look heavy. England needed 41 runs to win the last 29 balls and had 6 wickets left. But here the match took a turn.
Shahid Afridi’s injury changed the game
While taking the catch of Harry Brook in the 13th over, Shaheen once again injured his knee. Staying out of the field for about 10 minutes, his treatment also went on. There were two overs left of his quota. In such a situation, he came on the field to bowl the 16th over. Here as soon as he bowled a ball, he felt pain in his knee and left the field. Iftikhar Ahmed bowled the remaining 5 balls of Afridi’s over. 15 runs came from these 5 balls and this is where the match slipped out of Pakistan’s hands. England achieved the target in the 19th over after losing 5 wickets.