Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi said that Shoaib Akhtar was a dangerous bowler but he had to share jokes to overcome pain in 2006 Lahore Test against India as Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid went on to put up a 410-run opening stand.

Rahul Dravid, Shoaib Akhtar and Virender Sehwag (L-R) (Reuters Image)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The rain-marred Lahore Test in 2006 had ended in a draw
  • Shahid Afridi had scored a hundred in that match
  • Virender Sehwag scored 254 runs off 247 balls

Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has talked about the 2006 Lahore Test against India and revealed that “the very flat wicket” left his team’s bowler with no option but to share jokes to overcome their pain.

The match has seen the Indian opening pair of Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid put up an opening stand of 410 runs. Virender Sehwag was at his brutal best and went up to smash 254 runs off 247 balls in his trademark fashion, while Rahul Dravid remained unbeaten in the match after scoring 128 off 233 balls. When, the rain-marred match ended in a draw, India were batting at 410 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. VVS Laxman (0 off 3 balls) went back to the pavilion with Dravid.

Shahid Afridi was replying to a picture posted by Pakistan Cricket. In the picture Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar can be seen laughing whole-heartedly (the reason we know now). Pakistan Cricket had captioned the picture saying, “Guess the year!”

“Great memories, this was I believe after one of my favourite Test inns in Lahore against India in 2006, Shoaib was always a threat for batsmen but this was a very flat wicket and bowlers were left to share jokes to overcome their pain,” Afridi replied to the post.

Lahore Test in January of 2006 was the first of the 3-match series and had ended in a draw. Batting first Pakistani batsmen had also performed well and declared the first innings after posting 679 runs after losing 7 wickets. Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan top-scored for his team with 199 runs. Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi and Kamran Akmal were the other centurions from the match. Shahid Afridi, who smashed 5 Test hundreds in his career, scored 103 runs off 80 balls in the match.

Shoaib Akhtar was the only Pakistan bowler whose economy was under 3 in the match. Rest of the bowlers including Shahid Afridi leaked more than 5 runs per over. From the Indian side with 2 wickets each, Anil Kumble and Ajit Agarkar were the most successful bowler.

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