Tue, 12 Apr 2011 12:05:35 GMT

Afridi hails Dhoni’s bold attitude

Indian captain Dhoni has been showered with praises ever since the World Cup triumph and the latest to do so is none other than his Pakistani counterpart, Shahid Afridi. ‘Boom boom’ also admits Dhoni is a born leader while he is not one

Afridi hails Dhoni’s bold attitude

Good World Cup campaign though

In a high voltage semi-final at Mohali, Pakistan restricted the mighty Indian batting line-up to 260, a total which Afridi thought the team should have chased down.

"Once we held them down to 260, I knew we had a strong chance of winning the match. Unfortunately, we didn't bat well and the moment Umar Akmal got out I had a bad feeling it was not going our way," he said.

Pakistan still walked away with pride after a good showing in the tournament despite a number of hiccups coming into it. The team was ravaged by spot-fixing scandal just months before the prestigious World Cup event, which even had most analysts write them off even before a ball was bowled.

But, the most 'unpredictable' side in world cricket responded in style. They ended Australia's 34-match World Cup winning streak by beating Ponting's men during the group stages. They had also beaten strong contenders Sri Lanka and finished the group stages as the best performing team. They ran out of luck against Dhoni's men in blue at Mohali, who were simply rampant in the knockout stages against all teams.

Pakistan now tour West Indies for a test and ODI series, which will be followed by an ODI series against Ireland.

Source: IANS and India Syndicate