ESPN Cric Info describes Shaheen Shah Afridi as “A baby face perched on a two-metre body, Shaheen Afridi’s story is trademark Pakistani”. Indeed, Shaheen has been a young stunner who transformed the cricketing fabric of the team.
The pacer has stood by the team with his world-class bowling skills and some unexpected occasional sixes. The team’s performance may not have been up to the mark this World Cup 2023, but you can’t deny the force that is Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Shaheen Shah Afridi became the fastest Pakistan bowler to take 100 ODI wickets during the ICC World Cup 2023 league match against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Tuesday.
Afridi reached the 100 wicket mark in 50 matches, overtaking the record previously held by Saqlain Mushtaq who achieved the milestone in 53 matches.
Twitter celebrates this worthy achievement by showering praises for the bowler on Twitter.
— Nawaz 🇵🇰 (@Rnawaz31888) October 31, 2023
— Shaharyar Ejaz 🏏 (@SharyOfficial) October 31, 2023
Few matches without early wickets and we all started doubting him.
— Hamxa 🏏🇵🇰 (@hamxashahbax21) October 31, 2023
— King Babar Azam Army (@babarazamking_) October 31, 2023
It is important to notice that the pacer has achieved this feat at only 23 years of age. This has also made the Pakistani cricket enthusiasts put their faith in the team again after a disappointing run for them in the World Cup so far.
— Hassan (@HassanAbbasian) October 31, 2023
— Inshal Siddiqui🤍🇵🇰✨ (@InshalSid123) October 31, 2023
The match against Bangladesh has us biting our nails and we look forward to a positive outcome. Regardless, we are so proud of the team that continues to break records and stays strong in the face of adversity. More power to them.