After a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of arch-rivals India in the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup, Pakistan came hard in the next season to claim glory in England. In the final of the competition, the green team restricted Sri Lanka for a modest total before chasing it and making history in Lord’s.
Speaking of the ICC T20 World Cup 2009 tournament, it would be hard not to mention the iconic performances of the former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi in the knock-outs of the tournament. He smashed half-centuries against South Africa and Sri Lanka while picking crucial wickets to emerge as the man of the match in both the contests.
Recently, his heroics were revisited by the World Cup winning skipper Younis Khan who believes that it was a privilege for him to see ‘Lala’ in full flow. The most successful Test batsman also highlighted that Pakistan entered the tournament just weeks after the Lahore terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team. However, he added that the team was motivated to do well and Afridi grabbed the opportunity with both hands to make Pakistan the champion of the shortest format of the game.