When asked which team he will be supporting during the biggest tournament in the world, Afridi told Pakistan media: “The team that has always been my favourite, and last time as well, is Germany. This time as well it’s Germany.”
Former captain and Pakistan’s Cricket star @SAfridiOfficial says he is supporting Germany’s team in FIFA World Cup.— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) June 10, 2018
“I supported them last time and I’m supporting them this time too. Brazil? May be your team, not mine,” Afridi’s response to journalist. #FIFAWorldCup2018 pic.twitter.com/R2oLkUFZ1C
Meanwhile, India’s U19 World Cup winning captain Prithvi Shaw said he draws inspiration from the dedication and fitness of his all-time favourite footballer – Cristiano Ronaldo.
“He is a great player; I like his game and his fitness. I keep watching videos of his workouts. They are quote inspiring,” Shaw was quoted as saying by the Economic Times.
Pakistan star all-rounder Shahid Afridi is well known for his fireworks on the field as he is for his actions off it.
Afridi is not only one of the most beloved cricketers in the world, his charity work with the Shahid Afridi Foundation has made him a popular figure outside the cricketing world as well.
On Saturday, Afridi gave his numerous fans more reasons to adore him as he posted an image of him cradling a deer and feeding it, with the message: “Don’t forget to take care of animals, they too deserve our love and care.”
However, what caught the eye was the second image posted in the same tweet by Afridi which showed his daughter celebrating with arms aloft next to a lion inside a residence.
Other images and videos surfaced showing Afridi standing next to the lion inside a household.
The South African had laid down the gauntlet to young leg-spinner Shadab Khan before the start of the team’s tour of Ireland and England. According to a report by Geo TV, Arthur had challenged Shadab to improve his batting on the tour. The 19-year-old had then told the coach that he would score three half-centuries in as many matches.
And that is exactly what Shadab did as the leg-spinner went on to register a half-century in each of the three Tests against Ireland and England.
In the one-off Test against Ireland in Dublin, the youngster rescued Pakistan from a perilous position in the first-innings with a maiden half-century (55). Shadab could be seen raising one finger towards the Pakistan dressing room indicating he had crossed the first hurdle.
At Lord’s against England in the first Test, Shadab repeated his feat with a knock of 52 in Pakistan’s nine-wicket win over the hosts. Here again, the leg-spinner raised two fingers towards the dressing room while completing the milestone.
In the second and final Test at Headingley, Shadab made it three fifties in three matches with a 56-run knock in the first innings. This time too, he would raise three fingers towards the dressing room indicating that the job had been done.
“He (Shadab) did what he said he would,” Arthur was quoted as saying after he honoured the bet and took the team out for dinner.
Pakistan are now scheduled to play two T20Is against Scotland at Edinburgh on June 12 and 13 to wrap up their extensive tour of the UK.