Pakistan back in 2009 was a really strong t20 side. Those were the days when the t20 cricket was relatively new to international cricket and there was one world cup of it already played in South Africa. Pakistan lost the final to arch rivals India in a nail biting finish. Pakistan could have won the cup as they were so near to getting the hands on the cup but Misbah who was hitting the ball really well made a mistake. The shot he executed did not come off the middle of the bat and the ball was caught by Sreesanth. It was the last wicket and Pakistan fell just a few runs away from the final score. That was a heart breaking scene for any Pakistani cricket fan and joyous for the Indians. But the game itself was one of the best witnessed between the two teams.
But Pakistan remained a strong competitor in the game and late in 2009 Pakistan was able to get their hands on the cup after defeating the Sri Lankans in the final of the event in England. The venue was Lords the home of cricket and it was a special moment for the Pakistan team. Pakistan were looking strong before the event. They entered the event as one of the strong teams and then lost a match at the start. Now that defeat kick started this great voyage for this team. The whole team clicked under the leadership of Younis Khan. The bowlers were on the mark, the batting was brilliant from Pakistan and soon they were in the finals playing against Sri Lanka who had a really good strong unit back in those days. Pressure game and Shahid Afridi rose to the occasion.
Shahid Afridi was there in that playing eleven and he was named the man of the match for his brilliant performances with both bat and ball. He picked up one wicket, did not give much runs and then in the chase his fifty paved the way for his side to lay hands on the beautiful trophy. Shahid Afridi was unstoppable in the last two games for Pakistan. Before these two matches he was bowling really well but did not make much of a difference with the bat. But then in the semifinal and final he shined with both bat and ball and in both games he was the man of the match. This was a huge achievement for him as well. Shahid Afridi has taken a lot from the two games. He was the best from the two sides and it was him which was the major difference between Pakistan and the opponents. He was absolutely brilliant and his fans still remembers his performances in that event. He is a true star and a great servant of the Pakistan cricket team.