Afghanistan cricketer Asghar Afghan announced his retirement from international cricket amid T20 World Cup 2021 only. It came as a piece of shocking news to fans when he made it clear that he won’t be appearing for the T20 WC matches after the clash against Namibia. While Afghan came up to play against Namibia, fans saluted him after he got dismissed while he received the guard of honour from players.
Afghanistan are yet to play New Zealand and Indian and Afghan would not be part of those matches. Fans gave him utmost respect while saluting him in his last game. On the other hand, players from his nation bid him farewell in the best manner. It has to be noted that Afghan has led his team in 115 games so far where he scored over 4k runs.
Talking about his career, he has been part of six Tests, 114 ODIs, and 76 T20Is as he called time on his career. Talking about his legacy as a skipper, he led his national side while they played their first Test against India in 2018. In 59 ODIs as a skipper, Afghan had led his side to the victory in 34 games while he remained victorious in 42 out of 52 games as a T20I captain.
Here is how players gave Asghar Afghan respect during his final game against Namibia
The interesting thing about his career is that he went past MS Dhoni in terms of most T20I wins as a captain when they defeated Zimbabwe earlier this year in March. Even in his last game in the T20 World Cup 2021, he played a crucial knock of 31 runs off 23 balls as they posted a fine total of 165 runs on the board.
Talking about group two in T20 WC 2021 so far, Pakistan is leading the proceedings while Afghanistan are in the second slot. It remains to be seen how they would bring their action against New Zealand and India. Meanwhile, two teams from each group will race for the semifinals and Pakistan have won all their three games up till now.