Shaheen Shah Afridi: Pakistan cricket’s next superstar in the making

first_imgShaheen Shah Afridi: Pakistan cricket’s next superstar in the makingWorld Cup 2019: Shaheen Shah Afridi. Tall, good-looking and fast. The 19-year-old left-arm pacer brought back pleasant memories for Pakistan in the World Cup.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 6, 2019UPDATED: July 6, 2019 20:56 IST Shaheen Shah Afridi took a 6-for against Bangladesh on Friday. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShaheen Shah Afridi picked a six-for on Friday when Pakistan clashed against BangladeshOn July 5, Shaheen Afridi also became the youngest ever to pick a 5-wicket haul in a World CupShaheen picked 17 wickets in the World Cup 2019 as Pakistan failed to qualify for the semisShaheen Shah Afridi. Remember the name. The 19-year-old left-arm pacer was born in Khyber Agency in 2000, nearly a year after Pakistan lost to Australia in a one-sided World Cup final at Lord’s.In 2019, a strapping Shaheen Afridi led a spirited fight for Pakistan who had their backs against the wall after a disastrous star to their World Cup campaign. His baby face and good looks resonated with the cricketing globe.At a time when Pakistan cricket is struggling to keep up with the rest of the world, Shaheen Afridi brought back memories of a different era. Imran Khan. Wasim Akram. Good-looking men with the ability to bowl fast and scare batsmen.Pakistan were under the pump after their defeat to India on June 16. And they needed a miracle or four to stay in contention for a berth in the semi-finals.Shaheen Afridi had played his first ever World Cup match against Australia in Taunton on June 12 but he was overlooked for the game against India after conceding 2 for 70.With everything to play for, Afridi came back into the Pakistan playing XI and made an immediate impact.He picked 1 for 54 against South Africa before returning figures of 3 for 28 against New Zealand. Against Afghanistan, Afridi was virtually unplayable with figures of 4 for 47. By the time Pakistan took on Bangladesh for their final game, a semi-final berth was improbable but he made his mark with figures of 6 for 35.That was the best bowling figure by any Pakistani in World Cup history. Not just that, he is also the youngest to take a five-wicket haul in World Cups.advertisementIt was a disappointing World Cup campaign for Pakistan. They failed to qualify for the semi-finals for the second successive time in World Cups but Shaheen Afridi’s raw talent and charisma will give them hope.In 1992, 8 years before Shaheen Shah Afridi was born, Imran Khan inspired his country to World Cup triumph. 27 years ago, like in 2019, Pakistan were in deep trouble before fighting their way through to the final to defeat England.There were lots of similarities between 1992 and 2019. Pakistan’s streak of losses and wins were eerily similar. And Shaheen Shah Afridi played his part along with Mohammad Amir who took 17 wickets.But Amir played 8 matches.Afridi took his 16 wickets in only 5 matches in the World Cup. He was fast and he was lethal. Batsmen, in the years to come, will be wary of this young bowler from the land of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Aqib Javed.Shaheen Shah Afridi is one of the finds of this World Cup for Pakistan and make no mistake, he will be in focus as the country tries to find its feet once again in the cricket world.After finishing with a 6-wicket haul, Afidi said: “It means so much to have this record when you think of all the legends of Pakistan cricket. To be able to take six wickets at Lord’s is a very big moment for me and my family, it’s the Home of Cricket and a very special place.”We’ve played such good cricket in the last four matches and it’s disappointing it’s now over. This is my first World Cup, and the same for other players too, that is very good news for the future.”In the years to come, Shaheen Shah Afridi will be a fearsome bowler. With experience, he will develop his skills and pace. That has been true of all great pacers across history. That is how they started. That is how those legends – Imran Khan and Wasim Akram – started for Pakistan all those years ago.Shaheeh Shah Afridi. Remember the name. He is Pakistan cricket’s next big thing.Also Read | Pakistan teenage sensation Shaheen Afridi on his 6-wicket haul: It was incredibleAlso Read | Pakistan finish on a high but fail to reach World Cup 2019 semi-finalsAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Shaheen Afridilast_img read more

Another late blown lead leaves Dolphins Gase feeling lousy

DAVIE, Fla. — Adam Gase wore his cap with the bill tugged even lower than usual Monday, as if trying to avoid looking at the big picture.It’s not pretty. His Miami Dolphins (5-6) have lost six of their past eight games, including two in a row, to fall below .500 for the first time in 2018.And now they’ve earned a reputation for blowing double-digit fourth-quarter leads. They did it for the second time this season Sunday, when Indianapolis erased a 10-point deficit in the final 8 1/2 minutes to win 27-24.In Week 5, Cincinnati rallied from a 17-point deficit and scored four times in the fourth period to beat Miami 27-17.“You’re disappointed because you’ve got two games where you’re going, 5-6 (could be) 7-4,” Gase said.“It’s a lousy feeling,” he added, although he used a locker-room synonym for “lousy.”Quarterback Ryan Tannehill played Sunday for the first time since the Cincinnati debacle, when he hurt his throwing shoulder. He went 2 for 4 for minus 3 yards in the fourth quarter against the Colts but still finished with a passer rating of 119.4 and emerged from the game in good shape physically.“The shoulder wasn’t an issue,” Tannehill said. “It felt really good. I really didn’t even think about it throughout the game.”Miami’s meltdown was a whopper, however. Indy outgained the Dolphins 200 yards to minus 1 yard in the final 13 1/2 minutes.“The way it went down, obviously, really hurts,” Tannehill said.The collapse triggered a frenzy on social media, with Gase’s play-calling criticized like never before in his three seasons as head coach.He acknowledged second-guessing himself regarding one call, saying the Colts’ scheme surprised him on a second-and-10 pass into the flat to DeVante Parker that went for no gain during a three-and-out before the Colts’ winning drive.“If I could have that one back, that probably could have made a difference,” Gase muttered. “You hate when you’re up and you lose the lead, and you know what you left on the field, and you know some of the situational stuff that didn’t get done right.”As a result, the Dolphins had three takeaways, deflected a punt, scored on a 74-yard pass and still managed to lose.“It was right there,” defensive end Cameron Wake said. “I mean, everything. It was scripted the way we wanted.”With the defeat, the Dolphins fell behind seven teams in the AFC standings. They’ll likely be favoured in only two of their final five games, including Sunday at home against Buffalo, and appear destined to miss the playoffs for the 15th time in the past 17 years.It can be argued that the Dolphins are worse than their record, and below .500 is where they belong. They rank 28th in the NFL in offence and 29th in defence. They’ve been outgained by 928 yards, third-worst in the league.Injuries continue to ravage the offence, with receiver Danny Amendola (right knee) and centre Travis Swanson (ankle) the latest casualties. The status of both for Sunday’s game is uncertain.But Gase predicted his team will bounce back from the latest loss.“The good thing about NFL players is once we hit Wednesday, they really don’t care about last week,” he said. “It’s probably better they’re like that, compared with the coaches. We’ll dwell.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve_Wine.Steven Wine, The Associated Press read more