Shahid Afridi was not surprised by the drop catch.
Afridi said that international cricket is all about pressure.
The 18th game of the ICC World Cup 2023 in Bengaluru, India, on October 20, saw Usama Mir fumble David Warner’s catch. Former Pakistan captain and cricketer Shahid Afridi gave his opening remarks.
The Australians’ opening duo of Mitchell Marsh and David Warner destroyed the Pakistani bowlers all over the field on October 20, setting a record partnership of 259 runs.
Usama Mir, who replaced the struggling Shadab Khan in the squad, dropped Warner, who scored 163, after just 10 runs in the opening overs.
Speaking on a local TV station, Afridi stated that he was not surprised by the catch-drop because he has always been concerned about Usama’s fielding.
“If you ask me, I have only found one fault in Usama from the time I was the chief selector, that was his fielding. When I selected him, I told him I am not satisfied with your fielding, yes we are selecting you as a genuine bowler, but you have to improve your fielding,” Afridi said.
“This is what I had in mind, and that [dropping Warner’s catch] was not a surprise for me. I mean the positioning of his hands, the ball hit his chest, it was not even that the ball slipped after touching the hands.”
Then, Afridi refuted the allegations of “extra pressure” on the recently added players, stating that pressure is a fundamental aspect of international cricket.
“International cricket is all about pressure and how you are going to handle it. Usama Mir did not go directly to the national team from U19, he has played matches. Performing under pressure is everything. If you have been given an opportunity, then it is your job to avail it,” Afridi added.