Brian Lara is sheer class, I never bowled to him with any confidence: Shahid Afridi
By: PTI |

Published: April 21, 2020 10:00:31 pm

Brian Lara has scored the best variety of runs for West Indies (Source: AP)

Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has described Brian Lara as “sheer class”, saying he never felt assured every time he bowled to the West Indies legend.

Afridi and Lara locked horns solely twice in Test cricket however the former Pakistan skipper mentioned the left-handed batting nice had fairly an “effect” on him.

“I got him out a few times but whenever I was bowling to him I always had the feeling in the back of my mind that he is going to hit me for four the next ball. He had an effect on me. I never bowled with any confidence to him,” Afridi was quoted as saying by Wisden.

The 40-year-old Afridi, who snapped 395 and 48 wickets in 398 ODIs and 27 Tests, lavished reward on Lara, saying he had an excellent footwork.

“He was a world-class batsman who dominated the best spinners he came up against, even the likes of Muttiah Muralitharan in Sri Lanka,” mentioned Afridi.

“His footwork against spinners was brilliant and the way he batted against such bowlers was a wonderful sight. He was sheer class.”

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