Shaheen Afridi achieves major milestone in ODI cricket

The left-arm pacer achieved his feat in Pakistan's World Cup clash against Bangladesh on Tuesday

Shaheen Afridi achieves major milestone in ODI cricket PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan pacer, Shaheen Shah Afridi, etched his name in the ODI cricket as the quickest pacer to reach 100 One Day International (ODI) wickets.

Afridi's 100th ODI wicket came during Pakistan's World Cup clash against Bangladesh when he dismissed Bangladesh opener Tanzid Hassan for a duck. 

Afridi achieved this momentous milestone in his 51st ODI appearance, breaking the previous record held by Australian pacer Mitchell Starc, who reached 100 wickets in his 52nd match. 

100 wickets in 51 matches for Shaheen Afridi, the quickest fast bowler ever to this milestone in ODIs. Mitchell Starc held the record previously with 100 wickets in 52 matches. #CWC23

— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) October 31, 2023

Notably, Afridi now stands ahead of other renowned pacers who have achieved this feat in the past, including Shane Bond from New Zealand and Mustafizur Rahman from Bangladesh, who both reached the milestone in 54 matches.

The 🦅 has landed#CWC23 #PAKvsBAN #ShaheenAfridi

— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) October 31, 2023

Moreover, Afridi became the third fastest bowler after Rashid Khan and Sandeep Lamichhane to pick up 100 wickets in ODIs. Lamichhane and Rashid achieved the milestone in 42 and 44 matches respectively. Afridi is also the fastest Pakistan bowler to reach 100 wickets, transcending Saqlain Mushtaq who did it in 53 matches.