Shahid Afridi praises Shaheen Afridi after the pacer rattles New Zealand in crucial tie
Shaheen Afridi has figures of 3/11 after his first spell.
by Jatin Author
Published - Jun 26, 2019 6:45 pm | Updated - Jun 26, 2019 6:45 pm
Shaheen Afridi is just 19 years old and the world is his oyster. He is proving himself to be a very good choice in the Pakistani side ever since making his international debut in 2018. Before that, he impressed the world with his amazing bowling prowess in the U19 World Cup in New Zealand last year, which led to his promotion.
Pakistan’s journey in this tournament is mirroring their sojourn in the 1992 World Cup, match by match and this has given their fans a lot of hope that the team will make it to the semi-finals. Right now, Afridi is wreaking havoc against the New Zealand team as Pakistan battles for their survival in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 at Birmingham. Even former captain Shahid Afridi couldn’t help himself from praising the teenager.
Shaheen Afridi rocks New Zealand top order
Pakistan are facing unbeaten New Zealand at the Edgbaston ground in Birmingham as they look to keep their hopes of semi-final qualification alive. Kiwi captain Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bat first on a wicket which seemingly assisted the bowlers and it was further cemented when Mohammad Amir removed Martin Guptill for just 4 runs in the second over of the match.
After Amir’s early exploits, Shaheen Afridi took centre-stage and removed Colin Munro, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham leaving the Black Caps 46/4 in the 13th over. Afridi got bounce and movement from the pitch and had all the three batsmen caught out behind the stumps.
The youngster is also famous for his post wicket celebratory pose which mimics that of former all-rounder Shahid Afridi and the great player took to Twitter to share some praiseworthy words for the younger Afridi.
Shahid Afridi tweeted, “AFRIDIIIIII great bowling 🙌🇵🇰”
AFRIDIIIIII great bowling 🙌🇵🇰
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 26, 2019
The Pakistan team is coming into this match having defeated South Africa in their last match and prior to that had lost to archrivals India, which led to widespread criticism of the team as well as captain Sarfaraz Ahmed. It even led to personal attacks and abuse on the players by fans, who were disappointed by the performance.