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Pakistan left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi has revealed that his ultimate goal is to be as good as legendary pace bowlers Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.
Afridi’s comments come after he finished with figures of 6-35 off 9.1 overs in Pakistan’s 94-run win over Bangladesh in their World Cup clash at Lord’s on Friday.
The 19-year-old not only became the youngest bowler to take a five-wicket haul in a World Cup match, but he also registered the best figures by a Pakistan player in a World Cup game.
Afridi only featured in five matches for Pakistan in this World Cup, but he caught fire after a slow start and ended up taking 16 wickets at a superb average of 14.62.
Despite this superb World Cup campaign, Afridi knows that he still has a long way to go until he can be held in the same regard as Akram and Waqar.
“I am delighted to have performed like this,” he was quoted as saying by The News International. “But I am sure that this is only the beginning and I have to go far to attain greatness like Wasim and Waqar Younis.”