'It is all rhythm'- Shaheen Afridi reveals secret behind swing-bowling glory
Shaheen picked up two wickets in the first two balls he bowled in his debut game in the Hundred tournament.
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Star Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi has revealed his secrets to success in the limited-over formats following a wonderful spell during the match between Welsh Fire and Manchester Originals in the ongoing Men's Hundred tournament. Notably, he took two wickets in the first two balls he bowled in his debut game in the tournament.
The left-arm pacer expressed happiness with his first permanence in The Hundred competition. He also discussed the seam position while pitching to right-hand batters.
“Good start for me in The Hundred. It is all about rhythm, for warmup, I just go two to three hours before starting the game. You feel fresh, and that is the secret of bowling Yorkers and swing the ball. I just hold the ball like the left-hander holds, if the ball is not swinging too much, I keep more fingers out nothing to do more," Shaheen said at the post-match presentation.
Shaheen also opened up about how he worked to make a stunning comeback after being out of action for over four months due to a knee injury. The 23-year-old also revealed that bowling longer spells in Test cricket allows him to bowl well in shorter formats.
“I think after my knee injury I just worked on my run-up. The late swing I get is due to me going wide of the crease. The more I swing is because of my wrist flick.
“Test cricket is totally different. To spend more time on the ground and bowl longer spells, I think that is success to playing shorter formats," he added.
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A very candid chat from @iShaheenAfridi alongside @DineshKarthik and the great @StuartBroad8. Shaheen so rightly says about bowling longer spells in Test match cricket makes bowling in shorter formats easier.— Kamran Ali (@Kam007_tweet) August 4, 2023
📹 Clip courtesy @SkyCricket #TheHundred #CricketX… pic.twitter.com/TwdGTaOrrh
Shaheen Shah Afridi is one of my favourite bowlers to watch in the world: Broad
The veteran England pacer Stuart Broad revealed that Shaheen Afridi is one of his favourite bowlers in the world. The 37-year-old stated that the youngster has a fantastic presence when he runs in and likes bowlers who run in with energy. He went on to say that Shaheen is a natural talent.