“Never felt I’d play for Pakistan so long,” says Shahid Afridi

Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi is one of those few cricketers who made their international debut in 90s and are still active in the game. In fact, he is at present the longest-serving cricketer who made his debut way back in 1996 and is still active at the international arena. Playing in possibly his last World Cup in any format, Afridi never thought of lasting this long in international cricket.

During a recent interview given to ESPNCricinfo,  the 36-year old charmer from Pakistan admitted that he never thought he would play this long for his country. “Playing for Pakistan was such a huge dream. I never thought I would play this long. At the time (in 1996) I thought, I’ve got an entry, a little more will be fine. But I kept going from there. Seniors like Wasim [Akram] and Moin [Khan] really pushed me.”

“I needed that. I was performing at a young age, with all that fame, the world record. I got the strength slowly, got support from my seniors and elders, but I never thought I’d play this much,” said Afridi during the interview. The Pakistan skipper, who has been recently involved in unwanted controversies regarding his ‘more-loved-in-India’ statement in media, made a solid statement with the bat and ball in his side’s emphatic win against Bangladesh in their tournament opener. He will look forward to continue with his form against India in the epic clash on Saturday, March 19.