Waqar Younis Concerned Over Shaheen Afridi’s Performance at Men’s ODI World Cup

Former Pakistan pacer Waqar Younis questions Shaheen Afridi’s form in the 2023 ODI World Cup, suggesting potential issues and emphasizing the importance of early wickets for Pakistan’s success.

Former Pakistan fast bowler, Waqar Younis, has expressed his concerns about Shaheen Afridi’s performance in the 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup, specifically highlighting his struggles in two recent matches. Younis stressed the need for the team to identify the root of Afridi’s issues since Pakistan’s success largely relies on his ability to consistently secure early wickets.

Pakistan achieved a remarkable victory against Sri Lanka, successfully chasing down a substantial target in the World Cup match, with standout centuries by Mohammad Rizwan (131) and Abdullah Shafique (113).

However, Pakistan’s bowlers faced challenges as Sri Lanka posted a formidable total of 344 runs in their allotted 50 overs, with centuries by Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama making it appear to be a challenging chase.


Shaheen Afridi had a challenging day on the field, conceding 66 runs in his 9 overs and managing to secure just one wicket. This marked his second underwhelming performance in the 2023 ODI World Cup, where he has struggled to make the expected impact.

Waqar Younis, speaking on Star Sports after Pakistan’s victory over Sri Lanka, pointed out the importance of Shaheen Afridi’s role in the team’s success, especially when it comes to taking early wickets. Younis noted that Afridi has the capacity and capability to do so but appeared to be trying too hard in recent matches, leading to issues with his line and length.

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Younis also speculated that Afridi might be dealing with an underlying physical issue, similar to the situation he faced during the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia. He stressed the need to identify and address any such problems.

Furthermore, Younis emphasized the significance of Afridi’s contributions in the upcoming match against India, where his ability to generate early breakthroughs will be crucial.

In addition to Afridi, Younis also mentioned concerns about Shadab Khan’s form, highlighting the need for him to find his rhythm and the right areas to bowl effectively.

Pakistan’s next challenge will be against India at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on October 14.

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