Shaheen Shah Afridi: Perfect yorkers and great attitude

The 19-year-old Pakistani fast bowler, Shaheen Shah Afridi, turned heads, claiming 16 wickets in only five games. Thirteen of those wickets came in his last three outings.

Shaheen Shah Afridi is a left-arm fast bowler possessing the same spark as that of the former power-hitter, Shahid.   -  AP

Pakistan has found another star in an Afridi; thanks to cricket World Cup 2019. Shaheen Shah Afridi is a left-arm fast bowler but possessing the same spark as that of the former power-hitter, Shahid.

The 19-year-old turned heads, claiming 16 wickets in only five games. Thirteen of those wickets came in his last three outings.

The tide started turning in Birmingham when he dismissed Colin Munro (caught at first slip), Ross Taylor (caught behind) and Tom Latham in quick succession in Pakistan’s must-win clash against New Zealand. His first spell read 5-2-9-3.

After three days, Shaheen sent Afghanistan packing with a four-for in Leeds. In fact, he was on a hat-trick after dismissing Gulbadin Naib caught behind and Hashmatullah Shahidi caught at mid-off. The pacer stopped at 4/47.

Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 94 runs and it was Shaheen again with the ball. He hunted the Tigers with a career-best 6/35 at the iconic Lord’s in London.

The first two wickets came off slower deliveries, one cleaned up the seasoned Tamim Iqbal while the other, pitched full on the fifth stump line, forced Liton Das to play a hesitant drive. Slightly aerial, the ball found Haris Sohail at cover.

The last two came off yorkers. That’s the talent powerhouse Shaheen for you.