Not thinking of India yet: Afridi
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi is not concerned about a possible World Cup semi-final showdown against India, saying his immediate focus was on beating the West Indies.cricket Updated: Mar 22, 2011 23:59 IST
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi is not concerned about a possible World Cup semi-final showdown against India, saying his immediate focus was on beating the West Indies.
Pakistan start firm favourites in Wednesday's quarterfinal against Darren Sammy's men at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium after topping Group A with five wins in six matches.
The last of those wins broke Australia's unbeaten streak of 34 World Cup matches over 12 years.
A win over the West Indies could hand Afridi's men a mouth-watering semi-final against India, if the co-hosts beat Australia in Thursday's quarterfinal in Ahmedabad.
“Our entire focus is on winning the quarter-final, I am not even thinking of the next match, whether it is India or Australia,” Afridi told a news conference.
“We will not take the West Indies lightly. Any team is capable of winning on their day, there are no second chances in a knock-out match. I think they are a very good side.”
The impressive run by Afridi's team would have delighted their volatile nation, which has been stripped of big-time cricket at home due to security concerns and tainted by an unsavoury spot-fixing scandal.
All-rounder Afridi is the tournament's leading bowler with 17 wickets with his fastish leg-breaks, while seamer Umar Gul has kept the pressure on at the other end with 13 wickets.
Afridi may have failed with the bat so far with just 65 runs in six games, but young guns Umar Akmal and Asad Shafiq have shone brightly in their first World Cup.
“Our success so far has been entirely due to the bowlers, who have done a very good job,” said Afridi. “I myself have not batted well and will focus on that tomorrow. I know how important my batting is for the team and I will try to get some runs on the board.”