'It is one of my wishes to take his wicket' - Shaheen Afridi wants to dismiss Babar Azam

Shaheen Afridi also revealed the name of his favourite bowler.

Shaheen Afridi and Babar Azam
Shaheen Afridi and Babar Azam. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

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Shaheen Afridi, the prolific young fast bowler from Pakistan, has emerged as one of the brightest prospects for his national side in the last 12 months. He performed exceedingly well with the ball in the recent past for the Men in Green. The left-arm pacer also expressed his desire to take the wicket of Babar Azam in the near future in a recent Twitter interaction with his Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Lahore Qalandars.

The 20-year-old made his international debut back in 2018. Since then he has emerged as the strike bowler of the Pakistan across all the formats. He has sincerely taken the responsibility on his shoulders to lead the fast bowling attack of the team in the longer format after the departure of experienced pacers like Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz (from Test format). So far he has grabbed 86 wickets across all the formats for Pakistan.

Shaheen Afridi also revealed the name of his favourite bowler

During the Twitter session, Shaheen Afridi said that he tries to learn things from legendary Wasim Akram and Aussie pacer Mitchell Starc. He also added that he still wants to learn to swing the ball like Starc. “I try to learn a few good things from Wasim Akram and Mitchell Starc, and in particular, want to learn Starc’s way to swing.” Afridi said in his Twitter interaction with Lahore Qalandars.

The left-arm pacer recently played for Lahore Qalandars in the fifth edition of the PSL. He also revealed his disappointment of not being able to dismiss Babar Azam in the tournament. Shaheen Afridi recited that he took many big wickets during the T20 extravaganza but failed to take the wicket of his national teammate who is also termed as the best Pakistan batsman currently.

He said that it is one of his wishes to dismiss Babar going into the future. “Despite dismissing many major players in the PSL I could not get Babar. He did not give me any opportunity but it is one of my wishes to take his wicket,” he added.