Umar Akmal fired 73 runs off just 45 deliveries © Getty Images (File Photo)
Umar Akmal fired 73 runs off just 45 deliveries © Getty Images (File Photo)

Sep 28, 2014

Robbie Frylinck who smashed 63 runs off 27 balls against Lahore Lions in the league match of the Champions League T20 (CLT20 ) 2014 has come out in admiration of Lahore Lions batsman Umar Akmal.

“In this format, if you slip up even for two overs, the game changes completely. Umar Akmal was unbelievable. He is a world-class player and we have seen him do it at the highest stage. We may have slipped up for a couple of overs, but I think we could have done better with the bat. We fell short there,” said Frylinck in an interview with clt20.com.

Frylinck celebrated his 30th birthday on the same day when his team lost to Lahore Lions. His brave knock took the Dolphins close but couldn’t save them from a defeat.

“I don’t know how good a birthday present it is since the team lost. It’s a bit like kissing your sister. It’s not very nice. Had we won, it would have been a different story. I am happy personally, coming with that kind of performance but it doesn’t matter as the team lost.”

Frylinck came out to bat when Dolphins were struggling at 79 for 6 and were just 12 runs away when the match ended.

“I don’t think I had much time to put the brakes on and build an innings when we needed 13 runs an over. I just decided that I am not going down without a fight. If I can go hammer and tongs, it can get closer. We did get close but it was a very tough second-last over where I missed a few. But yes, I just had to go for it.”

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