Shaheen Afridi is like Big Ben, says David Warner

Shaheen Shah Afridi
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Australia star batter David Warner has opened up on his stare down with Shaheen Shah Afridi during the Aussies historic tour of Pakistan in March.

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During the final Test match of the series in Lahore, after Warner waved off Shaheen Shah Afridi’s quick bowling, the bowler had an eye-to-eye with the left-handed batter on the wicket.

However, after the match, Warner shared a picture on Instagram where the two can be seen hugging each other.

Speaking to Fox Cricket, the 35-year-old shed light on the moment and said: “Look, he [Shaheen] is a big gentle giant. It was like looking at Big Ben. He has a lot of character and bowls with pace.”

“It was a series that needed to be, and I am glad I was part of it. We were a little bit scared initially, but we had a lot of conferences in the communication with Cricket Australia, the Australia High Commission, and the Pakistani government. It was a great series to be a part of,” he added.

Warner also heaped praise on the love and hospitality during his sides’ visit to Pakistan.

“The hospitality in Pakistan was second to none, and I have never had so much BBQ ever in my life,” he concluded.

Australia had toured Pakistan for a three-match Test series, an equal number of ODIs, and a one-off T20I. The touring party managed to win the series as they clinched the Test and T20I titles, while Pakistan could only win the ODI series.


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