Most of 2020 was a total dry run for most teams because of the pandemic crisis throughout the world. At the start of the season, tournaments and league cricket like PSL were in progress when the pandemic situation got out of hand and the world had to shut down. Sighting players health, ICC postponed all cricket until the crisis is over or at least back in control.
The situation is far better now. Therefore ICC allowed cricketing activities behind the close doors. There is no audience and cricketing fans in the stadium. But the good news is that cricketing tours and tournaments are back again. And there is something to cheer about for the fans.
Shaheen Shah Afridi Dream Run in T20 Format Cricket
The 2020 cricketing season mostly consists of a shorter format of cricket. There are so many T20 leagues coming up whereas leagues like IPL are in progress right now. There are few bilateral cricket series scheduled as well. Pakistan toured England for Test and T20 cricket. And though the results were not so much in Pakistan’s favor but Shaheen Afridi displayed some really good bowling spells.
Year 2020 is a dream year for this young, energetic Pakistani pacer as he is the leading wicket-takers in T20 cricket this year. As we saw at the start of the season in bilateral series against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, England, he bowled superbly well throughout.
In Pakistan Super League, Shaheen Afridi was among the top performers of the league with the ball. He is in the top 3 leading wicket-takers of the season 5 of PSL. He took 13 wickets and grab 2nd position on the chart of leading wicket-takers of the tournament. Apart from this, he is so economical throughout and now considered as experienced death overs bowler.
Rashid Khan who is playing Indian Premier League at the moment is the biggest competitor for the most wickets record as there is a very sleek difference between the two. Shaheen’s work is not finished here and he would have to keep his miracle form going with the ball.
Shaheen Afridi’s 5 Wicket Hauls
Shaheen Afridi in his short T-20 domestic career took four(4) 5-wicket hauls. He played 56 domestic T-20 matches of different leagues in which he took 76 wickets with an average of 20.68. Moreover, his best Bowling figure in domestic T-20 is 6-19 in T-20 Blast 2020 in England.
Shaheen Afridi Debut and Career
In December 2016, this promising young star was included in the Pakistan U-19 cricket team for U-19 Asia Cup 2016. Then afterward, he signed a 2-year contract with Dhaka Dynamites of Bangladesh Premier League. Then later, he made his first-class debut in Quaid-e-Azam trophy in September 2017. In 2nd inning of his debut match, he took 8 wickets for just 39 runs, the best bowling figures by a Pakistani bowler on first-class debut.
He made his T-20 debut for Lahore Qalanders in season 3 of the Pakistan Super League. He made his List-A debut in April 2018 for Balochistan in Pakistan Cup 2018.
In September 2020, he made his debut in T-20 Blast for Hampshire County Cricket Club.
Twenty-20 International Debut and Career
Shaheen Shah Afridi made his T-20 International debut on 3rd April 2018 against West Indies. His T-20 cap no is 78. He played 15 T-20 Internationals for Pakistan Cricket Team. Moreover, he took 18 wickets with an average of 23.05. His best bowling figure in T-20 Internationals is 3-20.
One Day International Debut and Career
He made his One Day International debut on 21st September 2018 against Afghanistan. His ODI cap no is 218. He played 19 One Day Internationals for Pakistan Cricket Team. Moreover, he took 40 wickets with an average of 21.17. He took one 5-wickets haul. His best bowling figure in ODI is 6-35
Test Debut and Career
Shaheen Afridi made his International Test debut on 3rd December 2018 against New Zealand. His Test cap no is 236. He played 11 Test matches for Pakistan Cricket Team. Moreover, he took 35 wickets with an average of 31.34. He took one 5-wickets haul. His best bowling figure in Test Cricket is 5-77.
Shaheen Afridi, A Quick Learner
As we all know that Shaheen shah proves himself in a very short duration of time. He sometimes stuck in tough situations but he learned so quickly from his senior bowlers. On the other hand, he also uses his mind to get out of the tough situation which makes him a successful bowler in a very short tenure. Moreover, his variety and accurate yorkers in the limited-overs game make him so lethal in the death overs. Despite a very short career, he is now considered as a front-line pacer of the Pakistan bowling attack.
Asset for Pakistan Cricket in the Future
There are so many Cricketing Legends, Analysts, and fans from all around the world think that Shaheen Shah Afridi will be the future of Pakistan Cricket. Moreover, some of them added that Shaheen Shah and Naseem Shah may be the next Wasim and Waqar of Pakistan. Because of his quick learning, and adjustment according to the situation make him different from the other bowlers and if he worked with the same passion and zeal, he will surely be the asset of Pakistan Cricket.
Focusing on All Formats
Recently in an interview, Shaheen Shah Afridi said that he is focusing on every format of the game. He enjoyed his bowling in the shorter format as well as in the Test cricket. In response to a question, he added that “I am focusing on all formats with red-ball cricket going nowhere”. This statement shows his interest in Test Cricket and shorter format as well.
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