Mohammad Shahzad believes Afghanistan would have got even close to victory against South Africa at the World Twenty20 had Dale Steyn been in the Proteas line-up.
Steyn was left out in Mumbai after struggling to stem the flow of runs against England on Friday, South Africa opting for all-rounder David Wiese instead.
South Africa's revamped bowling unit performed well despite Shahzad's stunning start to Afghanistan's chase of their 210 target, the opener bludgeoning five maximums and three fours on his way to 44 from 19 balls.
After his dismissal, Afghanistan struggled to keep up with the ever-increasing run-rate and were eventually dismissed for 172 - 37 runs short.
Some may say not facing Steyn - one of the world's best bowlers - would be a blessing, but Shahzad disagrees and would rather have faced the 32-year-old speedster.
"It doesn't matter which bowler is playing because the wicket is very good," said Shahzad. "I love playing Dale Steyn because Dale Steyn is not dangerous.
"[Chris] Morris is very dangerous because he has height and swings the ball.
"Dale Steyn only [has] pace, so this wicket is good to face a pacer, the ball is coming onto the bat. So no, I am not happy that Dale Steyn was not playing."