- Multiple reports claimed that Shaheen Shah Afridi took a dig at India’s Umran Malik.
- Afridi’s remarks became the talk of the town on social media.
- However, former Indian opener Akash Chopra has issued a clarification on Sunday.
Recently, Afridi’s alleged remarks about Umran became the talk of the town on the internet. The strike bowler of the Green Army had opined that speed can’t help a bowler if he/she doesn’t have the line-length and swing. But did Afridi’s remark was only about Indian pacer Umran? Former Indian opener Chopra has shared a video about how Afridi responded to a reporter’s query during the same press conference.
“You are in the race to become the number 1 bowler. Do you also have in your mind that you throw the fast ball?,” Afridi was quizzed by the journalist during the media interaction. “Speed can’t help you if you don’t have line and length and swing,” Afridi said in his response. Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Chopra hit back at a social media page over ‘clickbait and misleading’ posts.
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“Taken totally out of context. Clickbait and misleading. Hate sells…in all forms. Sports isn’t above that either, it seems. You can do better. You should do better. With huge following comes great responsibility. May be, stick to memes? At least they can be funny sometimes,” Chopra said in his tweet.
On the work front, Pakistani pacer Afridi will lead the pace attack of the Babar-led side in the upcoming white-ball series between the West Indies and hosts Pakistan. The 1992 world champions will play three One Day Internationals (ODI) with the two-time World Cup winners at home. Rohit Sharma-less Team India will host South Africa in a five-match T20I series. After a stellar season in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) pacer Umran is tipped to make his India debut in the South Africa series.