It has been nothing short of extraordinary for Shaheen Afridi to get to the top of the ODI bowling rankings globally. When his side most needed him, this left-arm pace phenom from the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 responded in a spectacular way after a quiet beginning.
Afridi’s World Cup 2023 stint got off to a rocky start as he only took two wickets in his first two matches. But he swiftly reversed the trend, sending a powerful message to his opponents with a brilliant two-wicket effort against India, his bitterest foes.
The actual highlight, however, was a captivating five-wicket haul against Australia that left both experts and cricket fans in awe of his bowling ability. Afridi took one wicket against Afghanistan as he maintained his outstanding form. He cemented his supremacy in the last two matches by taking an outstanding six wickets against Bangladesh and South Africa.
Shaheen Afridi and Australia’s spin maestro Adam Zampa share the title of co-leading wicket-taker in the World Cup. These two outstanding bowlers have shown themselves by taking an incredible 16 wickets between them.
[ICC Rankings] Shaheen Afridi Becomes The Number 1 ODI Bowler
Shaheen Afridi shot to the top of the ICC Rankings for ODI bowlers, a distinction that comes with acclaim, thanks to a run of outstanding World Cup performances. He dethroned Australia’s Josh Hazlewood and shot nine spots up to the top to accomplish this incredible achievement.
Previously ranked number one, Josh Hazlewood, was forced to give up his position and is now ranked number two. During his rise, Afridi not only surpassed Hazlewood but also other prominent bowlers. Right now, Mohammed Siraj of India is ranked third, closely followed by Keshav Maharaj of South Africa in fourth place.
This momentous occasion is the first time in Shaheen Afridi’s distinguished career that he has held the top spot in any format. It is evidence of his devotion, diligence, and unshakable love for the game. In the years to come, the cricketing world may expect more amazing achievements from this young genius. Shaheen Afridi’s rise to the top of the ODI bowling rankings is evidence of his unshakeable will and unrelenting pursuit of cricket’s pinnacle of perfection.