LAHORE: Lahore Qalandars captain Shaheen Shah Afridi declared their Pakistan Super League (PSL) final win a fantastic achievement and result of great team work.
In post-match comments, he said that it turned out to be a very interesting final as both the teams fought well but they were confident of win.
“We kept our nerves and finally won,” Shaheen said.
“Multan played quite well but as David Wiese gave an early breakthrough, Rashid responded at the right moment,” he said and added that he always intended to perform for the team in difficult time and it was the day.
Shaheen stated that he was able to hit perfect shots when the team required the most and later kept the right length to get wickets.
He further stated that it was the prayers of his parents that he performed to that level while the team management supported all the members to the fullest.
“We got off to a good start. But there are always turning points. We had many options with the ball - 8 or 9 options,” he added.
He also gave credit to Zaman Khan for keeping his nerves under pressure.
“Credit to Zaman for the way he finished it off. Message to the team was that one wicket would bring us back,” he said.
Meanwhile, the losing team captain Mohammad Rizwan said that they planned to maintain the run-rate right from the start and were successful in their planning but Rashid Khan brought Qalandars back in the game.
“Rashid Khan took the match away with two wickets. We were still in the game by the 19th over. Khushdil and Abbas did a magnificent job but winning and losing is part of the game,” he added.
“The way we were going it looked like we would get there easily. But their bowling did exactly what they are known for. It's cricket, it happens," he said.
Qalandars’ fast bowler Zaman Khan said that his “heart was pounding in the last over”.
“My captain gave me a lot of confidence and he told me to try my best and don't fear failure. I knew batters are anticipating yorkers so I bowled a few slower ones as well. Credit goes to our management who give us free hand and back us to give our 100 percent on the field,” said Zaman.