We have a chance of making it to the World Cup semi-final: Mohammad Shahzad
Afghanistan were exceptional in the Asia Cup earlier this year.
Published - Dec 4, 2018 2:06 pm | Updated - Dec 4, 2018 2:06 pm
The ICC World Cup is only a few months away from getting underway in England where a total of 10 teams will be fighting it out for the glory. Afghanistan is one of those teams which has risen through the ranks and have improved remarkably compared to the 2015 event. This is the reason why their opener and the explosive batsman Mohammad Shahzad feels that they have a chance of making it to the knockouts of the World event.
In a way, Shahzad’s claims can’t be ignored as they defeated Sri Lanka easily in the Asia Cup this year and then ragged the other teams very very close to end up on the wrong side eventually. While they lost the games closely against Bangladesh and Pakistan before holding India to a thrilling tie. Moreover, they are the unknown entity for the sides like Australia and South Africa and can surprise them.
We can beat any sub-continent team
Afghanistan cricket team is currently in Chennai undergoing a specialised training and Mohammad Shahzad joined his mates on Monday after the T10 League. While speaking to Sportstar, the 30-year-old went on to say that Afghanistan have the ability to beat any of the sub-continental teams with the skills they possess at the moment while also expressing confidence of qualifying for the semi-final of the World Cup.
“On our day we can beat any of the sub-continental teams. Our batting is coming together, we have fast bowlers in Dawlat Zadran and Aftab Alam and you all know about our spinners. We believe we have a chance of making the semifinal,” he said. Shahzad recently bludgeoned 74 off just 16 balls in the opening game of the recently concluded T10 League and is generally known to play in a similar way at the international level.
Speaking about the same he said, “There are not too many occasions to smile or shake a leg on a cricket field. It’s a serious sport. So when I get an opportunity, I make the most of it. I play my natural game. I look at the length and if the ball is in my zone, I go for it irrespective of the format.”