Shaheen Shah Afridi has come up as an outstanding player possessing great tactics with exceptionally polished skills at taking huge wickets. The 18-year old has achieved much to his name. He ended ODI series against New Zealand with 9 wickets giving a much better average than Lockie Ferguson’s 11-wickets.
Along with a total of 6 ODIs, Shaheen Shah has shown tremendous bowling stats. He had surprisingly achieved good at the bowling stance under the pitch of UAE which had proven favorable for either batsmen or spinner. A total of 13 wickets in all of the games that he played, his average lies in the 17.61 at an economy rate of 4.88 and strike rate 21.6.
He has taken two 4-wicket hauls in the first two ODIs; had taken Colin Munro wicket before unpredictable rain stormed in the match that took place on Sunday. He astonishingly picked up a wicket for every 4th over that he bowled. Shaheen was deservedly given the title for The Man of the Match Series.
Shaheen was also consistent in the T20s pattern taking 11 wickets in 7 games in which he had taken 11 wickets in 7 games giving an average of 18.45. Star left-arm Mohammad Amir found Shaheen Shah Afridi who is showing improvement with every passing match. His bowling with a red ball is even more exciting. He is also a part of Test squad series against New Zealand.
Usman Khan Shinwari is another such potent player who appeared in 9 of the ODIs with 18 wickets at an average of 15.27, economy rate of 19.6 which is even better than Shaheen Shah in all of the other three areas. However surprisingly, unlike Shaheen; Usman had not been picked up to play against New Zealand.
Both the players are among only 5 pacers with an average under 20 this year. The strike rate that of Shaheen is bombastic that parallels to Dale Steyn. Collectively, both the players hold a tremendous potential for forming a new ball attack that might prove to be extremely dangerous for South-Africa for matches to be held early next year followed by in England during the World Cup.