Shaheen Shah Afridi

Country: Pakistan
Born: April 06, 2000, Khyber Agency
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Left arm Fast
Playing role: Bowler

Shaheen Shah Afridi Bio

Shaheen Shah Afridi: Rising Cricket Star from Pakistan

With a baby face perched on his towering two-meter body, Shaheen Shah Afridi has quickly become a household name in Pakistani cricket. At just 18 years old, he has already made himself comfortable in the green shirt of the national side, catching the attention of national selectors for nearly three years. Born into a cricketing family, with an international cricketer for an elder brother, it was almost inevitable that Shaheen would achieve great things at a young age.

Shaheen comes from a lineage of cricketers, with his brother Riaz Afridi having played a solitary Test match for Pakistan in 2004. It was Riaz who introduced him to hard-ball cricket after years of success in Pakistan’s informal tape-ball circuit. His talent was recognized in 2015 when he was selected by FATA after an U-16 talent hunt program. His impressive pace, physique, and fitness earned him a spot on the U-16 tour of Australia, and since then, he has been steadily progressing through the youth squads.

His breakthrough moment came when he made his debut in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, taking an amazing 8 for 39, the best-ever figures by a debutant in the competition. Following this remarkable performance, he was selected to play for Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), where he stunned the world by taking five wickets for just four runs in a group game. This outstanding performance earned him a place in the T20I squad against the West Indies.

Shaheen made history as the first cricketer born after the turn of the millennium to represent Pakistan when he played in the third T20I against the West Indies. He was later given an opportunity to make his ODI debut in the Asia Cup, replacing the experienced Mohammad Amir in the side. In December, he became the 35th player to make his Test debut for Pakistan under the age of 19, solidifying his position as one of the country’s brightest cricketing talents.

However, there is much more to Shaheen than just his captivating story. Standing at an imposing 6 feet 6 inches, his physical presence commands attention. Yet, behind his sweet, child-like smile and harmless demeanor, lies a fierce competitor. Shaheen intelligently uses his height to extract bounce on the usually docile pitches of the UAE, and his deadly yorkers have proven particularly challenging for batsmen to face. Additionally, his ability to consistently hit a good length and display excellent temperament suggests a promising career ahead.

Many have already begun to draw comparisons with Pakistan’s legendary left-arm fast bowlers, such as Wasim Akram and Mohammad Amir. However, Shaheen’s unique style sets him apart. While Akram and Amir relied more on swing than bounce and were shorter in stature, Shaheen’s contemporary comparison is often likened to Mitchell Starc, as highlighted by his coach Mickey Arthur during the PSL. Although he has made an impressive start to his international career, there is a sense that Shaheen is only scratching the surface of his potential.

Shaheen Shah Afridi is undoubtedly one of Pakistan’s most exciting cricket prospects. His blend of skill, athleticism, and composure, combined with his natural talent, sets him apart from his peers. As he continues to develop and gain valuable experience at the highest level, it is clear that Shaheen’s journey has just begun. Cricket fans around the world eagerly await his future contributions to the sport and anticipate many more memorable moments from this young prodigy.

Shaheen Shah Afridi Career Stats

Shaheen Shah Afridi Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 29 37 9 182 21 6.5 453 40.17 0 0 27 2 2 0
T20Is 57 14 5 87 22 9.66 72 120.83 0 0 6 5 12 0
ODIs 53 29 17 196 25 16.33 239 82 0 0 17 7 11 0
FC 38 46 9 303 29 8.18 643 47.12 0 0 39 5 5 0
List A 58 31 18 199 25 15.3 247 80.56 0 0 17 7 12 0
T20s 173 65 24 484 52 11.8 381 127.03 0 1 32 32 43 0

Shaheen Shah Afridi Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 29 50 5814 3019 113 6/51 10/94 26.71 3.11 51.4 12 4 1
T20Is 57 57 1259 1628 73 4/22 4/22 22.3 7.75 17.2 1 0 0
ODIs 53 52 2695 2490 104 6/35 6/35 23.94 5.54 25.9 6 3 0
FC 38 66 7494 3925 153 8/39 10/94 25.65 3.14 48.9 13 5 1
List A 58 57 2959 2751 109 6/35 6/35 25.23 5.57 27.1 6 3 0
T20s 173 173 3881 5103 244 6/19 6/19 20.91 7.88 15.9 5 5 0

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