Shaheen Afridi Becomes 5th Youngest to 300 International Wickets

Shaheen Shah Afridi becomes the 5th youngest bowler to take 300 international wickets at 24 years and 36 days. Mohammad Rizwan scores an unbeaten 75 runs off 46 balls, earning his 12th Player of the Match award in T20 Internationals.

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Shaheen Afridi Becomes 5th Youngest to 300 International Wickets

Shaheen Afridi Becomes 5th Youngest to 300 International Wickets

On May 12, 2024, during the match against Ireland in Dublin, Pakistan's star pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi achieved a significant milestone by becoming the 5th youngest bowler to take 300 international wickets at the age of 24 years and 36 days. Afridi's remarkable feat comes in just 145 international matches, showcasing his immense talent and impact across multiple formats of the game.

Afridi's impressive bowling prowess is evident in his records, with 104 dismissals in One Day Internationals (ODIs), 113 wickets in Test cricket, and 84 wickets in T20 Internationals. His ability to consistently deliver crucial breakthroughs has made him a vital asset to the Pakistan cricket team.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Mohsin Naqvi congratulated Shaheen Afridi on his achievement and presented him with a shirt featuring '300' printed on the back. Naqvi praised Afridi's dedication and hard work, recognizing his contributions to Pakistan cricket at such a young age.

In the same match, Pakistan's wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan was awarded the Player of the Match accolade for his outstanding performance, scoring an unbeaten 75 runs off 46 balls. This award marks Rizwan's 12th Player of the Match award in T20 Internationals for Pakistan, setting a new record.

Rizwan emphasized the importance of adapting to conditions and the demands of the game. He cited inspiration from renowned cricketer Virat Kohli, stating, "If you look at the average, you are an average player. If you look at the conditions and what the game demands that will make you better. We have learned a lot of things from Virat Kohli, I respect him."

Shaheen Afridi joins an elite group of Pakistani bowlers who have taken 300 or more international wickets, including legends like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, and Abdul Razzaq. Wasim Akram holds the record for the most international wickets taken by a Pakistani bowler, with an impressive tally of 916 wickets.

At just 24 years old, Shaheen Afridi has already made a significant impact on international cricket. His pace, accuracy, and ability to generate swing and seam movement have troubled batsmen around the world. With many years of cricket ahead of him, Afridi is expected to break more records and cement his place among the greatest fast bowlers in the history of the sport.

Shaheen Afridi's 300th international wicket is a testament to his skill, dedication, and consistent performance across formats. As Pakistan prepares for the upcoming T20 World Cup, Afridi's form and bowling rhythm will be crucial in leading the team's pace attack. With this milestone under his belt, Afridi is poised to play a vital role in Pakistan's quest for international success in the coming years.

Key Takeaways

  • Shaheen Afridi becomes 5th youngest bowler to take 300 int'l wickets at 24 yrs & 36 days.
  • Afridi achieves milestone in just 145 int'l matches, showcasing his immense talent.
  • He joins elite group of Pakistani bowlers with 300+ int'l wickets, including Wasim Akram.
  • Mohammad Rizwan sets new record with 12th Player of the Match award in T20Is for Pakistan.
  • Afridi's form and bowling rhythm will be crucial for Pakistan's pace attack in upcoming T20 World Cup.