Colombo: Shahid Afridi was one of the marquee players at the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League but had to leave midway because of personal issues. Before leaving Sri Lanka, he spoke to Wisden India about dealing with expectations, not doing enough as a batsman, as well as the possible resumption of bilateral cricket with India. Excerpts:
You are one of the most popular cricketers around. How do you manage the expectations of your fans?
The only thing I can do is work hard. I try to use the practice sessions to full effect. I make sure that I do not waste my time. I know that people are watching the SLPL back home in Pakistan as well, and it was important for me to do well. I am clear that this tournament is a good preparation for me for the upcoming series against Australia and the World Twenty20. Therefore, I took every game seriously. I know whenever I go out people want me to score runs or pick wickets, and I am trying my level best to do that.