Afghanistan on Monday confidently pursued a goal of 242 towards Sri Lanka, dropping solely three wickets, marking their first World Cup triumph towards the Islanders.
Shahidi was referring to Afghanistan’s spectacular eight-wicket victory over Babar Azam’s Pakistan facet in Chennai on October 23. In that sport, they efficiently chased a goal of 282, dropping simply two wickets, which served as a big confidence booster for the workforce.
“Pakistan chase gave us lots of confidence and perception that we will chase any sort of goal. We began rather well in bowling (towards SL) and the chase was very skilled and I’m very blissful about it,” mentioned Shahidi within the post-match presentation.
The Afghan skipper mentioned their coach Jonathan Trott modified his and the workforce’s mindset.
“Coaches are at all times constructive. We labored very arduous earlier than the World Cup. Proper now, all of the teaching and administration workers are working arduous and giving us confidence.
“Earlier than the Pakistan sport, coach’s (Trott) phrases modified my and the workforce’s mindset rather a lot,” he added.
Shahidi made an unbeaten fifty and shared a 111-run partnership with Azmatullah Omarzai for the unbroken fourth wicket alliance to take the Afghans house.
Afghanistan will now face Netherlands on Friday in Lucknow.