Shahid Afridi is a role model for millions of cricket fans across the world. The former Pakistan skipper’s blistering batting and deadly bowling made him win over fans across the globe. Afridi had been a fan favourite since he burst onto the scene in 1996, striking a 37-ball one-day century against Sri Lanka in only his second match to set a world record that remained safe for nearly two decades.
As his career progressed, he started focusing more on his bowling and went on to become a leg-spin bowling all-rounder in the second half of his career. Afridi was instrumental in Pakistan’s early successes in Twenty20, including their historic triumph in the 2009 World T20. He retired from Tests in 2010 but continued playing the limited-overs cricket before retiring from ODIs in 2015. He played his last T20I during the World T20I in 2016.
While stats do not do justice to Afridi’s exceptional international career, he will always find a special place in the cricketing folklore. He is one of the few modern-day cricketers who inspired cricketers across the world. One of those cricketers influenced by Shahid Afridi is Junaid Siddiqui.
The 34-year spinner from Canada has styled his bowling action on Afridi’s bowling action. On Monday, the commentators could not stop comparing him with Afridi after seeing his action in the ongoing Global T20 League Canada. Junaid’s action had an uncanny resemblance to that of Afridi’s. Right from his delivery stride, releasing action to the follow-through, Junaid’s action looked a copy of Afridi’s style.
Here is a clip showing the same:
— Liton Das (@BattingAtDubai) August 5, 2019
Junaid, meanwhile, was playing for Brampton Wolves against Vancouver Knights. He did well with the ball and conceded just 24 runs from his four overs. However, his efforts made little difference as the Knights thumped the Wolves by eight wickets in a lopsided contest.
Asked to bat first, the Wolves were all out for 138. Babar Hayat top-scored for the side with 34 while opener Lendl Simmons struck 30. In reply, the Knights rode on Chadwick Walton’s unbeaten fifty to chase down the total inside 16 overs.
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