Shaheen Afridi’s remarkable journey to cricketing history was solidified in a riveting showdown during the 2023 World Cup clash with Bangladesh. With the crowd on the edge of their seats, Afridi astounded the world by achieving the coveted milestone of 100 ODI wickets, and he did it spectacularly.
It took him only 51 matches to accomplish this remarkable feat, positioning himself as the fastest pacer to ever reach this milestone. His achievement overshadowed even the celebrated Australian speedster, Mitchell Starc, who had taken one match longer, requiring 52 matches to reach the same milestone.
The electrifying moment that etched Afridi’s name in the annals of cricketing history occurred when Tanzid Hasan of Bangladesh fell victim to his bowling prowess, becoming his 100th wicket. This achievement not only showcases Afridi’s extraordinary talent and dedication but also underscores the evolving landscape of international cricket.
Shaheen Shah Afridi is one of the key players of Pakistan
Shaheen Shah Afridi completed 100 wickets in ODIs.— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 31, 2023
– He is just 23 years old, A star in making. pic.twitter.com/3IugVqCuKI
Shaheen Afridi didn’t just make history by becoming the fastest Pakistani bowler to reach 100 ODI wickets; he also shattered a record that had stood for 26 years. Back on May 12, 1997, Saqlain Mushtaq had set the bar by achieving this milestone in an ODI against Sri Lanka in Gwalior. This incredible feat by Shaheen highlights the incredible progress in Pakistani cricket over the years, showcasing the evolution of their fast-bowling talent.
Shaheen Afridi now joins an elite group of Pakistani bowlers who have taken 100 or more wickets in ODIs, a total of 21 individuals. Among them, the legendary Wasim Akram stands tall as the leader, amassing a staggering 502 wickets in 356 matches. Shaheen’s achievement not only underscores his prowess but also pays homage to the rich history of Pakistani cricket and the remarkable bowlers who have graced the sport’s stage.
It’s a testament to the rising stars who are reshaping the sport’s history, shattering records, and thrilling fans worldwide. As cricket enthusiasts, we can only anticipate the future feats that Shaheen Afridi and others like him will achieve, setting new standards for excellence and rewriting the record books with their exceptional skills and unwavering determination.