Afghanistan star shrugged off bouncer blow to stop mum from worrying

‘I got up early because of my mum’: Afghanistan star Hashmatullah Shahidi shrugs off medical advice after taking bouncer blow to the helmet in a bid to stop his mother from worrying

  • Hashmatullah Shahidi was hit in the helmet by a delivery from Mark Wood
  • The Afghanistan batsman fell to the floor before receiving medical treatment
  • Shahidi admitted he disregarded medical advice to stop his mum from worrying 

Afghanistan’s Hashmatullah Shahidi has said he disregarded medical advice and kept on batting after taking a bouncer to the helmet in Tuesday’s World Cup defeat by England because he did not want his mother to worry.

The 24-year-old was struck by a delivery from England’s Mark Wood that sent him crashing to the turf at Old Trafford but went on to top score for Afghanistan with 76 in their otherwise disappointing 150-run defeat.

‘I got up early because of my mum,’ Shahidi told reporters after Afghanistan’s fifth loss in as many matches at the tournament. ‘I lost my father last year so I didn’t want her to hurt.

Afghanistan’s Hashmatullah Shahidi was hit in the helmet by a delivery from Mark Wood

Jos Buttler attends to Shahidi as he lays on the ground after being hit by the ball on Tuesday

‘My whole family was watching, even my big brother was here in the ground watching. I didn’t want them to be worried for me.

‘(The medical staff) just told me, ‘let’s go’. I told them… my team needed me. I carried on. After the match I went to the ICC doctor and talked to them. They took care of me and said it will be fine, inshallah (God willing).’

Afghanistan’s next match is against India in Southampton on Saturday.

The 24-year-old received medical attention but he played on to stop his mum from worrying

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