Afridi revels in his 'aggressive' reputation

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Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi uses the word 'aggressive' quite a few times when describing his playing and captaincy style, and feels it's good that he and Misbah-ul-Haq are not the same leaders.

Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi uses the word 'aggressive' quite a few times when describing his playing and captaincy style, and feels it's good that he and Misbah-ul-Haq are not the same leaders.

Afridi, speaking to Cricinfo, said he liked being a leader from the front, and wanted to play fast, exciting cricket, even if that sometimes cost the game. He is the T20 skipper for a reason.

Afridi said: "I know being aggressive sometime costs you game but captain is the one who sets an example. But I strongly believe result and performance is something that comes later as the first thing is the effort and fight.

"Your body language on the field is the reflection of your intentions and people will look beyond the result or performance when they see your efforts.

"No one can predict that a player will take five wickets or score a 50. So what we can ensure is the fight regardless of the result at the end of the day."

Afridi was the stand-in skipper during the third ODI against Australia, which the Aussies won by one run, as Misbah opted to sit out due to poor form. Afridi felt the two men were polar opposites, in batting style and captaincy.

He added: "Every captain has his own approach and I can't be Misbah and Misbah can't be Afridi. If he is comfortable with his approach then what is the problem?

"But players around him should not become Misbah. Each player has his own strengths and he should carry out what he is capable of rather than suppressing himself.

"If he [Misbah] is winning matches with his approach then what is the problem? I am different and have an aggressive nature.

"I love to play aggressive cricket because people in my country are aggressive, my players are aggressive and I want them to play aggressive cricket. I love watching them playing aggressive in the field.

"I know when they play aggressive cricket, they are expressing themselves."

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