The rise of Saheen Shah Afridi !
CRICDOT DESK : Before the start of the tournament, many people wondered if Shahin Shah Afridi could handle the task of captaincy at such a young age. Shaheen, who has been on the red carpet of success in international cricket for a year, has been in charge of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Lahore Calendars. Some of the Pakistani supporters also thought that their personal performance could go downhill at such a young age.
Former Pakistani star Shahid Afridi (Shaheen’s future father-in-law) even forbade Shaheen from taking on this responsibility for the time being. “I can handle the pressure,” he told Afridi. And after getting the responsibility, he did bajimat in the first session! Shahin Shah Afridi won the title for Lahore Calendars in his first season as captain at the age of 21!
Lahore won the PSL title for the first time by defeating Multan Sultans by 42 runs in the PSL final. The 21-year-old star won the title in Lahore after taking charge of the team for the first time. In the first four editions, Lahore was at the bottom of the points table.
Despite playing the final in the fifth edition, they could not win the title due to bad luck. The team also exited the group stage in the sixth edition of the tournament in 2021. Lahore’s dream of winning the title as the only team in the history of PSL was elusive! In the end, Lahore was captured by Shaheen.
The pacer has already led Lahore to win the title. Shaheen was the highest wicket-taker of the tournament with 20 wickets in 13 matches at an average of 19.60 and 8.56 economy. He was also the highest wicket taker for the team with 3 wickets for 30 runs in the final.
At the same time, Shaheen holds the record of winning the title as the youngest captain in the history of T20. At just 21 years old, the young captain won the title for Lahore. Earlier, in 2012, at the age of 22, Aussie star Steve Smith won the title as the youngest captain for the Sydney Sixers. Shahin broke that record and wrote his name.
Just a couple of months ago, the Pakistani fast bowler won the 2021 ICC Player of the Year award. The team has done its best to reach the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup. His superb bowling spell helped Pakistan win the World Cup for the first time against India. He is one of the current top five bowlers in Tests! He has given the answer to the question whether he will be able to give his best as a captain after so much success in such a short time in international cricket by raising the title!
The age is only 21! There is still a long way to go in cricket. However, the fame, fame and notoriety that this pacer has achieved in such a short time can only reach a few! Shaheen’s dazzling performance in recent times and his desire to give the best proves that he is currently one of the best brands in Pakistan cricket.
For now, this young star will want to match the wings in the sky of success by keeping his feet on the ground.