The bowler was rendered ineffective during the match in Rawalpindi as he went wicketless during his first spell in the game while fans pointed out the drop in his pace. Earlier during the five-match T20 series, he took six wickets while Pakistan conceded a 2-0 lead to the visitors to share the series.
Afridi earlier made a return to international cricket with the series as the prolonged knee injury forced him to miss the Asia Cup before his return in the T20 World Cup in Australia. The left-handed pacers struggled to gain complete fitness and aggravated the injury further.
He remained out of action before he returned at the Pakistan Super League to lead his team Lahore Qalandars to a second successive title. Afridi took 19 wickets during the tournament as the fourth-highest wicket-taker behind young Pakistan pacers Ihsanullah and Abbas Afridi.
Lakin bhaijaan haamre bowlers to 150+ fekte ha
Harahal Patel>>>> Shaheen Afridi#PAKvNZ #PAKvsNZ #CSKvsRR #CSKvRR pic.twitter.com/rBmM2dYGuG
— TROLL PAKISTAN CRICKET (@TrollPakistanii) April 27, 2023
Can I just say Shaheen Afridi looks only as good as Akif Javed or Waqas Maqsood if the new ball doesn’t swing early on. He’s clueless regarding tight lines and lengths. Not all surfaces offer swing, good bowlers know how to make adjustments.#PAKvNZ
— Rantibaaz (@rantibaaz) April 27, 2023
Shaheen Afridi needs to understand that if there is nothing or very less support for fast bowlers, accept it and try to find the length which is difficult for batter (analyst’s work) and ask batter to hit from that length. Batter will surely make mistakes. Naseem bowled 👍 pic.twitter.com/8ZtRXHspug
— 𝗠𝘂𝗱𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗮𝗿 𝗛𝗮𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗳 (@MudassarHaneef) April 27, 2023
Unpopular opinion: Naseem Shah is better than Shaheen Afridi
— S M Tabish Tariq 🇬🇧🇵🇰 🇵🇸 (@SMTabishTariq) April 27, 2023
we want old shaheen afridi back, this new shaheen has lost 10kmh and every new batsman smashing him. he looks like an ordinary bowler now. can’t see him like this. #PAKvNZ #PakvsNz pic.twitter.com/MO7aLs5kAj
— Tehseen Qasim (@Tehseenqasim) April 27, 2023
Whats wrong with shaheen afridi, iski pace kaha gae he was bowling at 130kph is he fit or carrying niggles, abhi b yehi kaho ga k 1 experience bowler ko zarurt lazmi.pry gee wc2023 may @iamamirofficial bhai koi sharm kr koi haya kr ty tera hlay v chance bnda aaaa
— Saud (@rockstar_intown) April 27, 2023
Opinion: When Shaheen Afridi bowls 2 good overs in the powerplay in t20i’s he should be given a third over instead of giving 2 overs in death let me know about your thoughts in the comments.#pakvsnewzealand #ShaheenShahAfridi #PCT #harisrauf
— Mashood Malik (@mashoodmalik12) April 27, 2023
The problem with Shaheen Afridi after his comeback is too much reliance on inswing especially on dead tracks like Pindi. Needs to set up the batter to use his inswing in a better manner. He’ll get better in the coming matches. #PAKvNZ
— Fahad Qureshi (@iamFahadqureshi) April 27, 2023
Shaheen Afridi without new bowl swing. pic.twitter.com/d0bEUKLsxl
— Mustafa (@Mustafasays_) April 27, 2023
Shaheen Afridi is barely crossing 135 KPH
WTF is wrong with him???
He was bowling at 140+ in PSL#PAKvNZ
— 🇵🇰 Babar Stan 🇵🇰 PCT 🔥 (@CricExpert731) April 27, 2023
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