Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi achieved a significant milestone in his ODI career during the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 match against Bangladesh in Kolkata. The talented left-arm fast bowler picked up his 100th ODI wicket, becoming the 21st Pakistani bowler to reach this feat. He achieved this milestone in just 51 games, making him the fastest Pakistani bowler to reach 100 ODI wickets, breaking Saqlain Mushtaq’s previous record.
Afridi’s remarkable achievement places him in the company of legendary Pakistani bowlers like Wasim Akram, who is the leading wicket-taker for Pakistan with 502 wickets in 356 matches. His rapid ascent to 100 wickets in ODI cricket highlights his potential and skill as a world-class fast bowler.
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The 23-year-old made his ODI debut during the Asia Cup in 2018 against Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi. Since then, he has established himself as one of the premier new ball bowlers in international cricket across all formats. Afridi’s incredible journey in the ODI format showcases his consistency and ability to make an impact with the ball.
|PLAYER NAME||COUNTRY||NO OF ODIS TAKEN TO COMPLETE 100 WICKETS|
|Shaheen Shah Afridi||Pakistan||51|
In the same match, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and chose to bat. Pakistan made three changes to their lineup, with Fakhar Zaman, Agha Salman, and Usama Mir coming in for Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, and Mohammad Nawaz.
Both teams were aware that the chances of reaching the semifinals were dwindling, and they now competed for a spot in the 2025 Champions Trophy, where the top seven teams from the ongoing tournament would vie for the title.
Shaheen Shah Afridi’s remarkable achievement underscores his potential to become a key figure in Pakistan’s bowling arsenal and reinforces his status as a rising star in the world of cricket.
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Shakib Al Hasan (c), Litton Das, Tanzid Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Towhid Hridoy, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman and Shoriful Islam.
Pakistan (Playing XI): Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Shaheen Afridi, Usama Mir, Mohammad Wasim Jr and Haris Rauf.