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Pakistan left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi has credited bowling coach Azhar Mahmood for helping develop and get better as a bowler.
Afridi’s comments comes after he played a crucial role in Pakistan’s six-wicket win over New Zealand at the World Cup on Wednesday.
Afridi finished with figures of 3-28 off his 10 overs in the match at Edgbaston.
The 19-year-old, who bowled three maiden overs, dismissed Colin Munro, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham.
Thanks to his efforts with the ball, Pakistan kept their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals alive and handed New Zealand their first loss in the tournament.
“I credit Ajju bhai, our bowling coach for this,” Afridi was quoted as saying by Geo.tv. “He worked hard with me [in the] nets to get my length improved to conditions here.”
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against Afghanistan at Headingley on Saturday.
If they beat Afghanistan, Pakistan will then have to take down Bangladesh at Lord’s on July 5 in order to have any chance of reaching the last four.
However, even if they defeat Afghanistan and Bangladesh, it might not be enough as they will have to rely on the results of other matches.