Shaheen Shah Afridi, Pakistan bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Tipped for greater feats, young Shaheen Shah Afridi ready for marquee event

Shaheen Shah Afridi has been marked from his Under-19 days as the one to watch out for by the likes of India Under-19 coach Rahul Dravid, and identified as a special talent by Mickey Arthur, the Pakistan think-tank pounced on the opportunity to fast-track the youngster to the senior team

Saj Sadiq, Apr 23, 2019 16:41:06 IST

What is it about Pakistan and fast bowlers? The country seems to produce fast bowlers at the drop of a hat from what looks like a ceaseless assembly line with likes of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis as some illustrious examples to think about. And just when it appeared that the pipeline of amazing fast bowlers was running dry, a young teenager by the name of Shaheen Shah Afridi emerged to confound any naysayers.

Shaheen Shah Afridi is Pakistan's latest bowling sensation. AFP

Shaheen Shah Afridi is Pakistan's latest bowling sensation. AFP

Marked from his Under-19 days as the one to watch out for by the likes of India Under-19 coach Rahul Dravid, and identified as a special talent by Mickey Arthur, the Pakistan think-tank pounced on the opportunity to fast-track the youngster to the senior team and he hasn’t disappointed his admirers since his ODI debut against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup. His height and pace form a lethal combination which many batsmen of international repute have found to their discomfort. The youngster already has taken 19 wickets in 10 ODIs to date with a best showing of 4/38 against New Zealand and it is expected that he could easily do more damage to opposing teams if he continues to fulfill the promise of his talent.

His ability to learn coupled with his raw pace will be exactly what Pakistan will need as they look for early wickets at the World Cup. The pitches in England are likely to be more conducive to Afridi's style of bowling and he could be a handful for opposing batsmen to deal with. The Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood has put a lot of faith in the talent of Afridi which tells a story in itself. Having vital experience of some international cricket under his belt, the 19-year-old Afridi is expected to play a crucial role for the 1992 World Cup winners as they look to regain past glory in England this summer.

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Updated Date: Apr 23, 2019 19:04:34 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254