15 WICKETS IN 3 MATCHES Shaheen Afridi Makes Another Record
The spearhead of the Pakistani bowling line-up, Shaheen Afridi, has had an immaculate year so far, he added to his tally of records with yet another five-wicket haul in the first ODI against Zimbabwe. Shaheen became the second bowler in history to pick up 15 wickets in the space of only 3 matches, the only other bowler to achieve this feat was former fast bowler Waqar Younis. He finished off with figures of 49/5 as Pakistan managed to defend the target of 282 against Zimbabwe. He started off the innings by picking up the wickets of the two openers in his first spell, before coming back into the attack and picking up three more. Prior to this, his last ODI match was back in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, where he picked 6 wickets for 35 runs in Pakistan’s last group stage match against Bangladesh. He took 4 wickets against Afghanistan in the previous match. Shaheen Afridi also became Pakistan’s leading wicket-taker after 20 matches, picking up 45 wickets and surpassing Hasan Ali who had 39 wickets in 20 matches. Shaheen’s ODI record is immaculate, an average of 19.91 with 2 five-wicket hauls already to his name. Shaheen is also the leading wicket-taker in T20s this year with 44 wickets in 31 matches. He also finished as the leading wicket-taker in the recently concluded National T20 Cup.