Pakistani fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi has made cricket history. The young pacer has surpassed Australian cricketer Mitch Starc to become the fastest bowler to claim 100 wickets in One Day Internationals (ODIs). This remarkable achievement was accomplished during Pakistan’s crucial match against Bangladesh at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The momentous occasion arrived in the very first over of the match when Afridi delivered a searing inswinger that trapped the Bangladeshi opener right in front of the stumps. Following a review by Tanzid, the third umpire confirmed the on-field umpire’s original out decision for an lbw, marking Afridi’s 100th ODI wicket.
The crowd at Eden Gardens erupted in applause, celebrating this extraordinary feat. His teammates, too, were quick to congratulate him, clearly delighted with their star pacer’s historic accomplishment.
Afridi’s journey to his 100th ODI wicket has been nothing short of spectacular. Known for his ability to swing the ball both ways, extract bounce, and consistently deliver yorkers with pinpoint accuracy, Afridi has established himself as a formidable force in limited-overs cricket. This latest achievement only further cements his status as one of the most promising fast bowlers of his generation.
As the match continued, all eyes remained on Afridi as he aimed to add to his wicket tally and help Pakistan secure a crucial victory against Bangladesh. At the time of writing, he was well on his way to reclaiming the top wicket-taker spot in the World Cup, having dismissed Bangladeshi batsman Shanto in the very next over.
This record-breaking achievement by Shaheen Afridi in his 51st ODI appearance has not only etched his name in cricket history but also brought immense pride to Pakistan. His performance is a testament to his skill, dedication, and the bright future that lies ahead for him in international cricket.