The International Cricket Council (ICC) named Pakistan’s fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi’s opening spell against archrival India in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup as the “Play of the Tournament.”
The ICC shared a clip of the 21-year-bowling old’s during the first over of the epic match, writing, “The winner of the @Nissan Play of the Tournament from the 2021 ICC Men’s #T20WorldCup is: Shaheen Afridi’s blistering opening spell against India is: Shaheen Afridi’s blistering opening spell against India.”
Shaheen Shah Afridi, India’s T20 World Cup first-strike destroyer, stands at a towering 6ft 6ins (1.98m) and is the latest high-end product of Pakistan’s fast bowling factory — left-arm division.
The 21-year-old demolished India’s hopes with a stunning run of fast bowling, free of the burden of sharing the same name as one of his country’s greatest white-ball pioneers and inheriting Shahid Afridi’s number 10 jersey.
His 3-31 off four overs set the tone for Pakistan to break their World Cup jinx by defeating India for the first time in 13 attempts.