Afghanistan’s intriguing move from pace to spin
Bengaluru: Three years ago, Afghanistan’s cricket idols were six feet and a half tall, weighed a ton and bristled with anger when asked if they were afraid of, say, the Australian fast bowlers. “We, afraid?” they would ask reporters during the 2015 World Cup in Australia. “We are afraid of nothing,” they would add. The men who became representative of the team and its aggressive and fearless quality were the fast bowlers — Shapoor Zadran with a flowing mane and a dangerous look in his eye, and Hamid Hassan, a man-mountain who bowled with pace and aggression.