Shaheen Shah Afridi becomes pacer with most Test wickets in 2021

Lahore (NUT-DESK)

Star of Pakistani team during West Indies tour, Shaheen Shah Afridi has become the fast bowler with the most wickets in the Test format in 2021 so far — after his 18-wicket haul during the Test series against West Indies in Jamaica.

The fast bowler is followed by Pakistan’s Hasan Ali (32), England’s James Anderson (29), West Indies’ Kemar Roach (27), and South Africa’s Anrich Nortje (25). Shaheen Afridi has also attained a career-best ICC Test ranking after his strong performance in the recently concluded series against West Indies.

Shaheen helped trigger the West Indies’ batting collapse in both innings during the second Test match, grabbing 10 wickets in the process. The left-arm pacer has managed to gain 10 slots to reach no 8 on the MRF ICC Test bowler’s rankings. Before the Test began, Shaheen was on number 18 in the bowler’s rankings.

Moreover, he is the first Pakistani fast bowler since May 2000 to claim a 10-wicket match figure in West Indies. The last Pakistani fast bowler to do so was Wasim Akram when he took 11/110 at St. John’s.