Ultimate XI ODI Profile: Shahid Afridi (bowler)

By Sports Desk June 04, 2020
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He mixed it up by bowling googlies and the quicker ones. On occasion, he even delivered the conventional off-break. This was interspersed with some stunning knocks such as the one against India in 2005 when he got to his hundred in 45 balls.

This lethal combination made him one of the most valuable players going around in the shorter forms of the game.

That big-hitting potential may have caused people, even ones with more trained eyes, to underscore just how good a bowler Shahid Afridi was. Only Chaminda Vaas has ever produced better figures in an ODI game, his 7-12 against the West Indies in 2013 routing the hosts in Providence, Guyana for 98. This was, of course, after Afridi had propped up a poor batting performance from Pakistan with a typically aggressive 76 from 55 deliveries. Pakistan won the game by 126 runs and Afridi was duly named man of the match.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi

Born: 1 March 1975 (age 45), Khyber, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Height: 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)

Batting style: Right-handed

Bowling style: Right-arm leg spin

Playing role: All-rounder

 

ODI Career: Pakistan (1996–2018)

Mat    Inns      Balls       Runs       Wkts     BBI     BBM    Ave    Econ    SR      4w    5w     10w

398     372       17670     13632       395       7/12    7/12    34.51  4.62    44.7     4        9         0

 

Career Highlights

  • 2nd player in ODI history with 6,000 runs and 300 wickets
  • Joint leading wicket-taker in 2011 World Cup (21)
  • Most wickets in any World Cup by a captain (21)
  • 3rd most wickets by a Pakistani in ODIs (395)

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