Flamboyant Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi has said his team's win in the recent Asia Cup has eased lot of pressure off his shoulders.
"It lifted a lot of pressure off my shoulders but more importantly it helped Pakistan win the title," the Daily Times quoted Afridi, as saying.
Afridi scored a critical 32 runs when Pakistan were in trouble and then bowled his 10 overs for just 28 runs to stifle Bangladesh's batsmen.
The cricketer has been criticized in the recent past for his poor performance in the Asia Cup, and in the ODIs earlier.
However, Afridi asked his critics: "To my critics, I will say just one thing: haven't you heard of players going through a lean patch? It happens to even the greatest sportsmen then why is that I cannot be spared during my bad patch?"
Questions had been raised about his fitness by the media. However, Afridi refuted such doubts by saying that he has been fortunate to be injury-free for most of his playing career.
"I am fully fit at the moment and plan to continue working hard to make sure that I give my 100 percent for Pakistan each time I represent the country," he added.