Shaheen Shah Afridi on Friday became the youngest bowler ever to take a six-wicket haul when Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by 94 runs. The win was not enough for Pakistan to qualify for the semi-final due to an inferior run-rate, but 19-year-old Afridi’s phenomenal performance became a topic of intense social media conversations.
Afridi was adjudged Man Of The Match for his scintillating spell of 6-35. He finished the World Cup with 16 wickets in just five matches since he was not picked in the national team for the first four matches of the competition.
It’s worth noting that Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza made his debut in 2001 when Shaheen Afridi was just 18 months old.
Speaking to Ramiz Raja after the match, Afridi said that the Man Of The Match trophy was very special for him since ‘this was for my abbu (Dad).’ This was in response to a question from Ramiz, who asked about the significance of the Friday’s Man Of The Match award.
Afridi’s deadly yorker proved to be too difficult to negotiate for Bangladeshi batsmen. When asked about his ability to bowl yorkers, Afridi said that he had asked his senior players in the team on what they thought of him bowling that delivery.
He said, “This is a special feeling for me, for my family and all Pakistanis. Whenever I wanted to bowl yorker, I asked senior players ‘what do you think, should I bowl yorker?’ They said yes, so I bowled yorkers.”
Here’s how Twitterati reacted to the birth of a new bowling star in Pakistan and his ‘cute’ interview.
Shaheen Afridi looking at his trophy smiling and telling the world “this is so special it’s for my abbu” we smiled with you my kinggg!
— Izma. (@IzmaSiddiqi) July 5, 2019
— Ahmed Zawar (@sahmedzawar) July 5, 2019
Very cute interview by @iShaheenAfridi
This man of the match award is for my Abbu (Father).
— Muhammad Asif Iqbal 🗨 (@theariezman) July 5, 2019
The biggest positive from this tournament for Pakistan: Shaheen Shah Afridi #PakvBD
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) July 5, 2019
– They sledged him in a warm up match.
– He destroyed them in knock out match.
— Waseem Abbas🇵🇰 (@WaseemA50505176) June 29, 2019
What a bowling performance of this young lad in his first ICC tournament!🙌🏻
16 wickets for Shaheen shah Afridi in just 6 innings.. 👏🏻
What a gem discovered for Pakistan.🇵🇰💚
Also becomes the youngest bowler to take 5-wickets haul in a world cup match ❤❤#shaheenafridi pic.twitter.com/abDC0bJYkQ
— Huzaifah Muneer Awan (@huzaifah_awan) July 5, 2019
Youngest Cricketer To Take A Fifer In A WorldCup Game, Shaheen Shah Afridi. pic.twitter.com/tnkevw5rbL
— عاقد (@iamaquid) July 5, 2019
Pakistan’s World Cup campaign has had some very strange team selections. None more so than Shaheen Shah Afridi not being picked for matches versus India, England and West Indies#CWC19
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 5, 2019
Meanwhile, veteran Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik had announced his retirement from the One Day cricket. He made the announcement soon after his team defeated Bangladesh in their last World Cup match.