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Shaheen Afridi Shatters ODI Record: Fastest Pakistani Bowler to 100 Wickets

Left arm pace sensation, Shaheen Afridi, has recently made history in the world of cricket. During the ICC World Cup 2023 league match against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Afridi became the fastest Pakistan bowler to take 100 ODI wickets. This achievement is significant as it highlights Afridi’s exceptional talent and dedication to the sport.

Afridi reached this milestone in just 51 matches, surpassing the previous record held by Saqlain Mushtaq, who took 53 matches to reach the same milestone. This achievement has not only brought pride to Afridi but also to the entire nation of Pakistan. It is a testament to the hard work and perseverance of Pakistani cricketers and a symbol of the bright future of cricket in Pakistan.

Afridi’s achievement is even more impressive when considering that he is now the third fastest bowler after Rashid Khan and Sandeep Lamichhane to pick up 100 wickets in ODIs. This places Afridi among some of the most elite bowlers in the world, further solidifying his status as a cricketing superstar.

Born on April 6, 2000, in Khyber Agency, Afridi has been playing cricket from a young age. His elder brother, Riaz Afridi, who made his solitary Test performance for Pakistan in 2004, pushed Shaheen to hard-ball cricket following years of success in Pakistan’s informal tape-ball circuit. Shaheen’s talent was recognized early on when he was selected for an U-16 tour of Australia after being spotted in an U-16 talent hunt programme.

Since then, Afridi has been making waves in international cricket. His imposing height of 6ft 6in allows him to take advantage of his height to extract bounce on docile pitches. Moreover, his ability to consistently hit a good length and his mean yorker have proved especially difficult for batsmen to deal with.

Shaheen Afridi’s recent achievement is a testament to his skill and dedication. His journey from a young cricketer in Khyber Agency to becoming the fastest Pakistani bowler to take 100 ODI wickets is truly inspiring. As he continues his cricketing journey, fans around the world will undoubtedly be watching closely, anticipating what other records this young star will break next.

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