Shaheen Shah Afridi
Shaheen Shah Afridi is a young fast bowler that is making his way to the international level cricket, during his short carrier he has left quite a people amazed by his lethal pace and swing bowling. He is 6’4″ so he tends to get some awkward bounce as well along with his blistering pace. He truly has been a shining light for the Pakistan cricket team in the last year or so, because to find a toing talent that has both swing and pace is rare, Shaheen however poses both these qualities. He also has a good slower ball that deceives the batsmen, he is truly a superstar in the making that will serve for Pakistan in years to come.
Shaheen Afridi is a Pakistani cricketer who plays as a left-arm pacer. He hails from Landi Kotal, a small town located in the north-western region of Pakistan. The teenager is at present, a student of F.Sc, part first, and wants to complete his education. “There is no dearth of talent in tribal areas but shortage of facilities and opportunities,” he asserted. “If given opportunities, the players from Fata would excel in every game”. Shaheen started his international cricketing career with the Pakistani ‘Under-19’ squad for the 2016 ‘Asia Cup’ and put up a brilliant performance. Shaheen Shah has been dubbed as the “Pakistani Mitchell Starc” for his Orthodox left arm fast and pace bowling. Looking at his present record and performance, it is assured that Shaheen Shah Afridi will be a very crucial asset for the Pakistan team in the upcoming World Cup 2019 and the upcoming future.
U-19 WORLD CUP:
The 18-year-old was an integral part of the team that took part in the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018 in New Zealand. Afridi finished with 12 wickets in five games, the best for Pakistan and joint-fifth in the overall list. He is well known for taking 6-wickets against Ireland in U-19 world cup that brought him into the daylight and into the spotlight. He got admiration from all around the
Shaheen Shah came up to the expectations by performing extraordinarily in the First class cricket. Looking at his domestic carrier, Shaheen Shah has stunned everyone with his bowling skills with 30 wickets in just 11 innings with a bowling average of just 23.23. Throughout his domestic carrier, he has claimed 3 4-wicket hauls and 1 5-wicket haul.
INTERNATIONAL CAREER (EARLY CAREER):
Young Pakistan sensation and all-rounder Shaheen Shah Afridi has been a revelation for Pakistan in recent times. Having impressed first in the ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand and then in the Pakistan Super League, the teenager has been touted by many to have a very long and very successful career for the now discarded cricketing nation. Speaking about his recent performances as well as retaining his place in the Pakistan side, Afridi said that he wanted to perform well against Scotland and maintain his place in the side. He also added that he had traveled a bit early with the team to adapt to the conditions a lot faster and easily. The 18-year-old has been in a devastating form in the ongoing one-day series in the United Arab Emirates, taking 4-46 and 4-38 in the two matches. He also took 3-20 in a Twenty20 match against New Zealand and four wickets in two Twenty20 internationals against Australia last month, also in UAE. Shaheen shah has recently performed brilliantly against South Africa announcing his name all around the cricket world by simply dominating the opposition side. His bowling skills that were show cased in that particular series have captivated the minds of every cricket lover and everyone’s looking forward to it.
ROLE IN PAKISTAN TEAM:
Shaheen Shah who is considered to be the spear head bowler for Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup, all eyes are on him as he is utterly capable of changing the whole scenario single handedly with his deliveries swingy back into the right hander. He has an exceptional record with the new ball. The way Shaheen Shah swings the ball, he provides a glimpse at the all-time cricket legend which he follows i.e., Wasim Akram who recently stated that he feels glad and really enjoys watching Shaheen bowl. Shaheen Shah undoubtedly is the emerging player for Pakistan who in the longer run will be highly effective in contrast with his skills and talent. Shaheen Shah aims to rip right through the top order of every team providing a solid breakthrough to his team ultimately leading to the success and victory of his team. So his role in the Pakistan cricket team is of exceptional importance.
RESPONSIBILITY IN WORLD CUP:
Shaheen Shah is all ready for the upcoming Cricket World Cup 2019. All eyes are set on Shaheen Shah as he is very much capable of changing the scenario very well and single handedly. His aim though is as simple and as precise as any other pace bowler in the world. That would be piercing through the top order of the opposition team with his new ball swinging deliveries. Not only that, adding up Shaheen also exclaimed that he would also love to bowl at the depth such that he leaks and gives away minimum runs and knocks over the depth restricting the opposition team to a low total.
He will be leading the pace attack of Pakistan cricket team along with Hasan Ali and Muhammad Amir. Huge responsibility lies on the shoulders of young Shaheen as it is expected of him that he’ll be able to get the Pakistani team early breakthroughs in the match. He is very much capable of doing so but this will be his first time in the international world cup. If he can click then it’ll be a huge morale booster for the entire team and it will loft their spirits plus the early breakthroughs will help Pakistan to win crucial matches in the tournament.