| GEO Sports|
| Chief selector predicted five-wickets for Afridi|
| Updated at: 1352 PST, Saturday, April 25, 2009|
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan chief selector Abdul Qadir says he predicted a five-wicket haul for Shahid Afridi against Australia while teaching him the art of bowling sharp googlies.
``I told him (in the nets) 'you will pick up five wickets in the first match if you bowl according to the plan','' Qadir told on Saturday.
Afridi took one more wicket than what Qadir had predicted and finished with career best 6-38 against Australia in the first limited-overs international last Wednesday at Dubai. Pakistan won the match by four wickets after successfully chasing down a target of 169 in the 45th over.
Afridi has spent a lot of time with Qadir in the last few months and has said he learnt a lot from him. Qadir, 53, played 67 tests and 104 one-dayers for Pakistan in a career spanning 1977 to 1993. He took 236 test wickets with his legreak googlies at an average of 32.80 and 132 limited overs wickets at 26.16.