Shaheen Shah Afridi is a Pakistani cricketer who is regarded as one of the tallest bowlers in Pakistani cricket history. Also, he is regarded as one of the very few players to have the ability to bowl at a speed of 90 mph with consistency.
Shaheen Afridi was born on 6 April 2000 at Landi Kotal at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. He is a left-handed batsman and a left-hand fast bowler. His primary role in the team is that of a bowler, but he is an aspiring all-rounder.
Shaheen Afridi - Along the Years
Played U16 match for Pakistan
Represented Pakistan in U19 Asia Cup
Made his First Class Debut
Made his International Debut in all the three formats
Became the youngest player to take a 5 wicket haul in a World Cup
Shaheen Afridi holds the record for being the youngest player to take a 5-wicket haul in a World Cup at the age of 19. He achieved this in the 2019 ICC World Cup against Bangladesh cricket team with figures of 6/35. Also, he has the best bowling figures of 8/39 by a Pakistani bowler in his First-Class debut.
Awards and Accolades
In 2019, Shaheen Afridi was declared as the rising star of the World Cup squad of Pakistan cricket team at the end of the 2019 ICC World Cup by the International Cricket Council.
Shaheen Afridi has achieved a lot more than his colleagues and that too, before hitting 20 years of age.
Shaheen started playing cricket at the age of 15 when he joined FATA in Pakistan on the insistence of his brother, Riaz Afridi. His performance earned him a spot in the U16 Pakistan team to play against Australia in November 2015 where he took 4 wickets in 3 matches.
He played for Pakistan in U19 Asia Cup even before making his debut for Khan Research Laboratories in 2017. Later on, he made his List A debut for Baluchistan.
Shaheen made his One Day International debut on 21 September 2018 against Afghanistan at Abu Dhabi. He took 2 wickets in the match as Pakistan defeated Afghanistan by 3 wickets. So far, he has two 4-wicket and one 5-wicket haul in One Day Internationals and his total wickets count is 40 in 19 matches.
Shaheen Afridi made his debut in Test cricket on 3 December 2018 against New Zealand at Abu Dhabi. Shaheen took 3 wickets in the match and New Zealand cricket team won the match by 123 runs. So far he has taken 25 wickets in 7 matches with one 5-wicket haul in the format.
The T20I debut for Shaheen Afridi came on 3 April 2018 against West Indies at Karachi. He had a poor start to his career but ended up being on the victorious side at the end of the match. He has 14 wickets in 10 matches with his best bowling figures being 3/20.