- Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi was named ICC Men’s Cricketer of the year-2021.
- He picked three India batters as his “dream hat-trick”.
- He also named his most prized wicket of his career so far.
Pakistan Pacer Shaheen Afridi – Dream hat-trick:
Pakistan’s pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi was recently named as the ICC men’s Cricketer of the year for 2021. He played a crucial part in Pakistan’s excellent run at the T20 World Cup, which included a 10-wicket win over arch-rivals India in the Super 12 encounter at the Dubai International Stadium. On January 29th (Saturday), he picked his “dream hat-trick” which featured three batsmen of the current Indian team – Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli – during 25 questions on ESPNCricinfo.
Shaheen Afridi – most prized wicket taker of his career:
During the same interaction, Shaheen was also asked to name the most prized wicket he has taken so far in his career. His answer is “Virat Kohli” wicket in the ICC World Cup T20-2021 as his most prized wicket so far. Interestingly, Shaheen got the better of all three batters in the ICC T20 World Cup-2021 group stage clash between India and Pakistan-however, it was not a hat-trick.
Shaheen Afridi-ICC Men’s Cricketer of the year-2021 award:
Earlier, after receiving the ICC Cricketer of the year Award, Shaheen said that the performance with the ball against Indian side in the ICC T20 World Cup-2021 was his most memorable one so far in his career.
He said, “I had many good performances, including five-fors in Tests but my most memorable performance was during our victory against India. It was a historical match and matches with India draw a big audience. Performing against India was a highlight for me in 2021. It was a great year for me and hopefully, you will see good performances in 2022 too”.
Shaheen Afridi performances in ICC T20 World Cup-2021:
The Pakistan’s pacer Afridi was on fire throughout 2021, knocking some of the best batters over across all three formats of the game. He had a year to remember in Tests and T20Is, reaching his peak during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup-2021 in UAE where he impressed one and all with his sheer speed and skills.
When India and Pakistan met in a high voltage clash on October 24th-2021 in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup-2021, Shaheen Afridi ripped through the Indian batting lineup. He scalped the wickets of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli to constantly put the pressure on the Indian batting lineup
His performance against India in the T20 World Cup-2021 was one of the most talked-about bowling performances of the year. He castled opener Rohit Sharma on a duck with a toe-crushing yorker. This would be followed by the dismissal of KL Rahul, whose stumps were knocked over with another peach of a delivery. Later on, he would also get the prized scalp of Virat Kohli in the death overs.
Afridi’s superb spell helped Pakistan decimate India by 10 wickets and post their first victory over the ‘Men in Blue’ in a limited-overs World Cup match. India simply could not recover from the opening shock and slumped to their first-ever defeat against Pakistan in a T20 World Cup.
Shaheen Afridi – About:
Shaheen Afridi is a left-arm fast-medium bowler and his height is 1.98 m. He has played a total of 21 Tests, 28 ODIs, and 39 T20Is matches for the Pakistan side. While, he has taken 86 wickets in the test matches at an average of 23.9 and an economy rate of 3.0, he also scalped 53 batters in the ODI format of the game at an average of 24.6 and an economy rate of 5.51. In T20I cricket, he has taken 45 wickets at an average of 24.9 and an economy rate of 7.82. He has also taken a total of 6 five-wicket hauls and 1 ten-wicket haul in his international career with the ball in hand.