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Is Shaheen Afridi About to Undergo an Amazing Transformation?

In the grand finale of the eighth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Lahore Qalandars defeated Multan Sultans to retain their championship.

Fans witnessed excellent performances from both domestic and international players throughout the month-long cricket festival, and some up-and-coming players also displayed their talent.

These young cricketers made an impression on the selection committee and were chosen for the national team for the T20I series against Afghanistan.

The development of Shaheen Afridi’s batting abilities is one of several encouraging developments for the national squad that

The only area where the Men in Green fall short of other teams is in their bat-finishing abilities, which needs to be improved as soon as possible.

Hitting in the lower order has always been challenging because this is the point in the game where a player can make a difference.

Shaheen Afridi has proven himself in the just finished PSL for his team, including the crucial stage of the final, therefore his ability to hit the ball a big distance is beyond question.

can be built upon in the future.

There is no denying that the Babar Azam-led team has a wide range of choices for selection, especially in white-ball cricket when it has a strong bench in every position.

Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, and Abdullah Shafique, among others, are in incredible shape and have been giving outstanding performances for years when it comes to the opening pair.

Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Nawaz, and Shadab provide enough of game-changing bowling options for Babar to use during the course of a match.

Innings  Runs  Averege  Strike Rate  50s  6s 4s
8 133 26.60 168.35 1 11 10

 

Shaheen’s success is a definite indication that the management of the national team should consider moving him up the order occasionally so he may continue to hone his six-hitting skills.

While his clean hitting in international cricket hasn’t yet won over fans, his batting approach is more suited to late finishers.

Twice this year, Shaheen has amassed 40+ runs and four wickets in a PSL game.

Player Runs Bowling figures Match Year
Ravi Bopara 71* 6/ 16 KK V LQ 2016
Shadab Khan 52 4/ 20 IU V LQ 2022
Shaheen Afridi 52 4/31 LQ V PZ 2023
Shaheen Afridi 44* 4/51 LQ V MS 2023

The fact that Afridi can clear the rope without moving out of the crease or forcing his body has made him a player to watch. Afridi has been particularly cruel against quick bowlers.

The biggest improvement in Shaheen Shah’s power hitting this season has been his self-assurance, which has enabled him to remain composed under pressure.

The left-handed hitter produced the shots he wanted and merely waited for balls to arrive in his zone rather than swinging the bat like fast bowlers.

The 22-year-old batsman appears to be a multifaceted player who not only targets pacers but also alters his batting strategy when facing spinners.

Shaheen might not be changed into a 360-degree player, but he does have shots for most balls which can be deployed against any bowler at the important time of the match.

Shaheen possesses the aptitude to finish strongly, so it would be wise to invest in his development into a hard-hitter.

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