Interview of Cricket Fans – 166 – PAKISTAN
Thank you for your participation in this interview, firstly tell us a bit about yourself as a cricket fan and your early memories of the game.
Hi, Safwan here and I have been watching Cricket since around 2005. Being an unbiased Cricket fan, I like the one’s who appreciate the gem performances, no matter who has done it.
I still remember the last ball of the WT20 2007 final. That ball when a racket swept all around from boys in my neighbours and a cold chill later. I also was standing on my frozen legs. But today even after so many years, still Cricket fans don’t know why that shot was needed but….. Well, time passed away.
Tell us about growing up in Pakistan with respect to this sport.
For Pakistanis, honestly speaking, Cricket is beyond the craze. I have come across so many times when roads get blocked just because the World Cup match is being watched on LCDs on the main roads. Even the whole country gets deserted while the Pak-Ind series is in progress.
In fact, I watched the World Cup Semi-final standing on the road.
Everyone watches Cricket in this country but in terms of popularity, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Karachi are hot favourites for Cricket observers.
Your memories of the 2017 Champions Trophy?
Wait, let me be clear. Fans usually mix up the whole event with CT17 final only. But yes, the Final is way distinguished from the first match that we played till the semi-final. It was Amir to Rohit, and I shouted at that dismissal, the exact moment when my father scolded me not to shout again. That event will be remembered for a long time for both nations. But as I said earlier, time passed away.
If you could have one Pakistani stalwart from the past, to play in the current lineup, who would it be and why?
If I could bring back anyone from the past, I would literally run to grab Abdul Razzaq. Because he was a silent match-winner as no one could imagine how dangerous he could be actually. Played at every number from opening to the eleventh slot, I mean, how superbly versatile and flexible he was.
Few words on Shaheen Afridi?
Shaheen Afridi is currently one of the finest in-swingers at the moment. Apart from stats even, he can steal the match from any point of the Game. But majorly, he is a lethal weapon for power plays for the team.
Your favourite India vs Pakistan memory?
Before CT17, it was the Kitply Cup Final, 2008. Though we got the title, but Dhoni’s stubbornness was admirable. What a thriller, went almost down to the wire.
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