28 March 2011
Afridi has brought Pakistan team together, says Misbah
Under Afridi Pakistan topped its group and made short work of West Indies in the quarter-final
Misbah-ul-Haq is all praise for Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi (in pic) for having led from the front.
Under Afridi they topped their group and then made short work of West Indies in the quarter-final to set up Wednesday's semi-final against rivals India in Mohali.
"What we needed was aggression, and Afridi, I feel, has shown enough aggression on the field. Most importantly, he leads by example," Misbah told reporters.
"He is taking wickets and coming out at the right moment to do what the team needs. He also stands by a player and encourages him to perform better."
Afridi is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament, with 21 scalps from seven matches.
Pakistan have shown plenty of discipline and teamwork despite the presence of a couple of former captains.
"There is difference of opinion at times but we finally go by what the captain says," said Misbah, who led Pakistan in the last test series against New Zealand.
"At the same time, the captain discusses things with the coach and senior players before taking a major decision. There is a good coordination among us.
"We are a well-knit unit and everyone is chipping in at the right moment and every player is fulfilling his role in the side."
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