Pakistan’s star fast bowler Shaheen Afridi is making a comeback to competitive cricket after a long injury haul. He will be an integral part of Pakistan’s ICC T20 World Cup 2022 plans in Australia.
Shaheen’s comeback has made Pakistan’s team even more stronger, and his performance will surely be a special focus of cricket fans. Shaheen has become Pakistan’s biggest match winner in the last few years.
He has consistently performed well in all three formats.Interestingly, Shaheen’s performance in T20 cricket is the best and he has always performed well in t20 cricket.
In this article we are going to look at 3 best performances of Shaheen in T20I career.
#1 31/3 vs India (2021)
Shaheen Afridi’s spell against India in the 2021 T20 World Cup will forever be remembered by the cricket lovers of both the countries. Shaheen dismissed both Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in the power play.
Shaheen then dismissed Indian skipper Virat Kohli in the death overs to prevent India from reaching a big total.Shaheen looked unplayable that day. Shaheen dismissed three of India’s leading batsmen for just 31 runs in 4 overs.
It was because of Shaheen’s brilliant performance, Pakistan managed to defeat the Indian team for the first time in the World Cup history. This is definitely the best performance of Shaheen’s international cricket career.
#2 30/3 vs England (2021)
In 2021, the Pakistan team traveled to England for a limited overs series. In the first match of the three-match T20 series of this tour, Shaheen Afridi gave Pakistan a win with a brilliant bowling performance.
Batting first, Pakistan made a mountain of 232 runs. In reply, Liam Livingstone looked likely to give England a historic win. But Shaheen restrained the other batsmen and did not allow them to score aggressively. He gave only 30 runs in 3.2 overs and dismissed three England batsmen. Shaheen Afridi was awarded the Player of the Match for this brilliant bowling.
#3 26/3 vs West Indies (2021)
2021 was the best year for Shaheen Afridi in T20 cricket. Towards the end of the year 2021, The West Indies team had come to Pakistan. In the second match of the three-match T20 series, Shaheen performed brilliantly to lead Pakistan to a victory.
Batting first, Pakistan scored 172 for 8 in 20 overs. Just when West Indies looked set to win on the back of Brendan King’s aggressive half-century, Shaheen kept the West Indies batsmen in check with his sharp bowling.
Shaheen Afridi conceded only 26 runs in 4 overs and dismissed 3 batsmen. Pakistan won the series by defeating West Indies by 9 runs on the strength of Shaheen’s performance.