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Afridi 5000: Pakistan Cricket back in Groove

Posted on May 22, 2007
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After winning the series against Sri Lanka 2-1, Pakistan cricket team seems to be getting its groove back.

And so is Shahid Afridi who was once again the star for Pakistan. While he was more brilliant with the ball, he did also reach a new batting milestone.

During the first match of current Pakistan versus Sri Lanka One Day International series in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Shahid Afridi completed his 5000 career runs. This was Shahid Afridi ‘s 239th match and 227th innings.

He thus became the 8th cricketer of Pakistan to complete 5000 or more runs in ODIs.

Here is the list of 10 most prolific career run getters for Pakistan in ODIs.

1. Inzamam-ul-Haq 11739 runs at 39.52 runs/inning
2. Saeed Anwar 8823 at 39.21
3. M Yousuf 7957 at 41.22
4. Javed Miandad 7381 at 41.7
5. Saleem Malik 7170 at 32.88
6. Ijaz Ahmed 6564 at 32.33
7. Rameez Raja 5841 at 32.09
8. Shahid Afridi 5072 at 23.37
9. Aamer Sohail 4780 at 31.86
10. Abdul Razzak 4465 at 29.96

Shahid Afridi now also holds the world Record strike rate in ODIs. Following is the list of only players in the world with greater than 100% strike rate. Qualification is atleast 20 innings. Amazingly Afridi has maintained this strike rate after 228 innings. His closest rival has played only 25 innings.

1. Shahid Afridi 228 innings, 5072 runs at a strike rate of 109.38 %

2. JM Davison (Canada) 25 innings, 693 runs at a strike rate of 108.45%
3. AM Blignaut (Zimbabwe) 40, 625, 106.65%
4. BL Cairns (NewZealand) 65, 987, 104.88%
5. DR Smith (WestIndies) 52, 766, 101.32%
6. AR Adams (New Zealand) 34, 419, 100.47%

Previous ATP posts on Shahid Afridi:

1. Afridi ke chakkay
2. Afridi takes 200th ODI wicket

17 Comments on “Afridi 5000: Pakistan Cricket back in Groove”

  1. Muhammad Mehdi Raza says:
    May 22nd, 2007 1:29 am

    No doubt Afridi played well in both the matches, but the basic problem with the team is it keep repeating mistakes.

    How Afridi got out in the second one dayer was definitely not the right choice at that time. It almost lost the match for Pakistan.

    Pakistani team has done some positive things. Inclusion of Salman and Yasir is a very good step. Captain seems fine and fit for the role. But note that we still have no debutants which means no future planning.

    Kamran Akmal has been there for ages , and the selectors should really have rested him in this low profile series and a youngster should have been given a chance.

    Another interesting decision from the selectors is to have a drug addicted vice captain which certainly doesnt play very well on the minds of our ICC friends.

    Although Sami , Gul and Asif seem to be a good combination, Rao Iftikhar was doing very well also and should have been in the team. Even if that meant at the cost of an all rounder. On the other hand we could have had an all rounder like Abdul Rehman in place of Muhammad Yousuf.

    Playing Muhammad Yousaf who , i seriously doubt , would be part of the next world cup is a blunder. Also it seems its time for Razzak to go. He is way too lazy about his cricket. We need to bring up another batsman and all rounder for the future.

    The pitches in Abu Dahabi suited Pakistan. That is what they usually like – Flat and low bounce. The real test would be against a team like Australia on a bouncy and green track.

    Sri Lanka , although reached the final , did not play full strength and most of their guys were not very enthusiastic about the Abu Dahabi series.

    Lots of mistakes were made in both matches but thankfully none of them hurt enough for us to lose the match. However you dont get a second chance against Team Australia.

    Lets see what pakistan does today , specially with the team selection. The captain said that he will give chance to new players. I would really want to see which guys he drops? Or in other words how many seniors are rested for the last match.

  2. Khurram says:
    May 22nd, 2007 6:44 am

    the most heartening thing about the last two matches is how well Pakistan’s less celebrated players have performed. After a long time, our openers did not disappoint. I hope this is a sign of things to come, too early to decide. Remember Pakistan had an awesome streak of successes back in 2005-06 time frame and then the whole thing went bust.

  3. May 22nd, 2007 10:20 am

    As we know Sri Lankan were not palying with full force. Their best palyers Vaas and Murali are not in the team. Jaysuriya didn’t play in seond one day. What I see this series is scheduled to boost our team’s morale. I hope afte practicing in this series, we will perform well in coming series against big guns.
    Afridi is a casual player and I would call him GULLI DANDA palyer because he doesn’t bat sensibly and try to hit each ball blindly. This attiude is called “TUKKA” and when it worked he made runs and his record sixes and when it doesn’t work, he failed. That’s why his average is lowest in top ten Pakistanis run makers. He is only good as entertainer and not as professional player. Please read my comments on Shahid Afridi in my old post http://www.mypakistan.com/?p=316 when Pakistan was on India’s tour.

  4. umar khan says:
    May 22nd, 2007 11:23 am

    inzi, saeed, salim, ijaz = justice qayum report = dodgy characters

    what a shame, such enormous talent being wasted and humiliating themselves.

  5. Tamed~. says:
    May 22nd, 2007 4:11 pm

    We had lost to srilanka by 115 runs in the third match.

    Well played Shoaib, a captains innings,
    we as always proved ourselves to be a non-consistent performer.

    By the way, It was a shame to hear Afridi saying that he was playing ‘good’as there were
    many pathans in the spectators.

    Just a week after 12th May, his statement failed to create any positive impact.

  6. May 22nd, 2007 5:48 pm

    Rest assured that the team Pakistan faced in the Abu Dhabi series is not the same Sri Lankan team that reached the World Cup finals. In addition to the players pointed out by Mera Pakistan, Sri Lanka also rested Kumar Sangakkara who is their vice captain, wicket keeper and top order batsman. This was a second string SL team.

    In fact the way I see it this series has shown the difference between sides like SL and Australia and the other teams in the world. Sri Lanka understood that this was just a minor series so they rested their senior players and sent in their youngsters. This way the youngsters get some experience. So what if they lost the series. To win you must be prepared to loose a few matches. To succeed you must not be afraid to fail. Which is why the Pakistani move of sticking to the same set of aging WC losers is such a bad idea. This was an ideal opportunity to blood some youngsters. Shame that Pakistan did not do that. Great to see SL doing it.

  7. Faraz says:
    May 23rd, 2007 2:41 pm

    Ok, first of all, its NOT quite fair to say that while Sri Lanka played a second string team, Pakistan had the advantage of a full force side.

    1. We were playing without Shoaib Akhtar, Younus Khan and Inzi (who just retired), so just like SL, we had 3 top players missing

    2. We had a new captain (doing the job for the first time at international level) and a new vice captain. (both our ex captain and vice captain were not in the team)

    3. We did not even have a coach

    Also i disagree with the posters who believe we did not use Abu Dahbi as an opportunity to experiment with younger players. Majority of our team WAS young and fairly inexperienced.

    11 out of 16 players were 26 years or less. Thats a pretty young side, and all these players, if they maintain quality, can play the next world cup at their prime!!!

    Fawad Alam 21
    Salman Butt 22
    Najaf Shah 22
    Mohammad Asif 24
    Umar Gul 24
    Imran Nazir 25
    Shoaib Malik 25
    Kamran Akmal 25
    Iftekhar Anjum 26
    Mohammad Sami 26
    Mohammad Hafeez 26
    Abdur Rehman 27
    Shahid Afridi 27
    Abdul Razzaq 27
    Yasir Hameed 29
    Mohammad Yousuf 32

    Yes we could have done a few more experiments. For example, Yousuf did not have to play all 3 games, while Fawad Alam and Najaf Shah should have played atleast 2. But overall we did experiment. Needless to say that it was much more important for us than it was for SL, to win the series, in order to win groove and morale back.

    I think Shoaib Malik did a very good job as a captain. He deserved the victories. While on the field, I think Afridi did a tremendous job too, both with bat and ball. Well done both of them, and rest of the team!!!

  8. Kasim Mahmood says:
    May 24th, 2007 8:02 pm

    Those who believe Pakistan should start planning for the next World Cup right have very little understanding of cricket. Dropping players just because 4 years from now, they might not be fit is the most ridiculous argument and any one who brings it up lacks common sense. The middle path is always the right path and should be the course in cricket too. Bring the youngster and groom them for the right reasons and not just for the next world cup.

  9. Faraz says:
    May 25th, 2007 1:54 pm

    Uffffff….. World Cup is the MOST important thing in any sport.

    Teams plan for the world cups not just 4 but 6-8 years in advance. This is the time frame with which you plan to groom young players for the world cup.

    Winning the 92 world cup was the biggest moment in Pakistan cricket. If we win 2011 cup, it will again be a HUGE thing.

    So what’s wrong with planning for it now??????

    If the likes of Salman Butt, Fawad Alam etc. are going to help us in World Cup 2011, and not the likes of Inzi, Younus and Yousuf, then i say include these youngsters in the team RIGHT NOW. Give them experience.

    I would much rather win the next world cup, than a few Abu Dhabi / Afro-Asia type series in between.

  10. Kruman says:
    June 6th, 2007 3:55 pm

    [quote comment="48386"]Those who believe Pakistan should start planning for the next World Cup right have very little understanding of cricket. Dropping players just because 4 years from now, they might not be fit is the most ridiculous argument and any one who brings it up lacks common sense. The middle path is always the right path and should be the course in cricket too. Bring the youngster and groom them for the right reasons and not just for the next world cup.[/quote]

    PCB is nothing but a microcosm of Pakistan. Save the nation first from the jaws of sharks guised as generals. Then we can build the civilian institutions including PCB.

  11. September 8th, 2007 5:22 am

    WE SHOULD IMPROVE OUR BATTING AND BOWLING AND SHOULD GIVE A CHANCE TO YONGSTERS. MY FAVOURITE PLAYER IS SHAHID KHAN AFRIDI BECAUSE HE IS A MASTER OF INNINGS AND CAN PLAY better in the future. I HOPE PAKISTAN CAN PLAY BETTER IN THE FETURE. SHAHID BAHI YOU NEED TO IMPROVE YOUR bowling AND I WHISH YOU GOOD LUCK IN THE future THANK YOU AND KHUDA HAFEZ

  12. September 8th, 2007 5:27 am

    PAKISTANI TEAM IS the WORLD’s best cricket team. THEY HAVE A GREAT BATTING LINE UP. IT IS NOT GOOD TO DROP experienced players LIKE YOUSAF and RAZZAQ. IN THE future THEY SHOULD NOT make silly mistakes LIKE THAT. I HOPE PAKISTAN WILL PLAY BETTER IN THE TWENTY 20 WORLD CUP THANK YOU

  13. Owais Mughal says:
    January 22nd, 2008 2:54 pm

    While Afridi still lingers around 5200 career runs, Shoaib Malik completed his 4000 runs in first ODI against Zimbabwe on 1/21.08. He thus becomes Pakistan

  14. Asif Khan says:
    February 1st, 2008 1:33 am

    i think afridi is good caiptan but the chairman has no saport afridi

  15. ali says:
    November 18th, 2008 11:42 pm

    Afridi is the best choice for captaincy. And we all viewer miss abdul razzaq. Plz give a chance of Abdul Razzaq. because he is a great allrounder.

  16. MOHAMMAD GHOUS IRFAN QURESHI says:
    December 22nd, 2009 5:36 pm

    SHAHID KHAN AFRIDI IS OUR GREAT HERO. NO DOUBT HE IS A GREAT PLAYER. HE IS THE HERO OF T20 WORLD CUP 2009. WE ARE PROUD OF HIM. GOOD LUCK SHAHID AFRIDI, GOD BLESS U. AAMEEN.

  17. Owais Mughal says:
    January 26th, 2010 10:37 am

    In the first ODI of Pak-Aus series, Shahid Afridi crossed Ramiz Raja in terms of career runs. As of today Afridi’s tally in ODIs stands at 5927. Don’t ask about the average though :) It is still in 20s at 23.24

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