Shaheen Afridi becomes the fastest Quick to 100 ODI wickets against Bangladesh in ODI World Cup 2023

"Shaheen Afridi's Record-Breaking Speed: Reaches 100 ODI Wickets in ODI World Cup 2023 by Dismissing Opener Tanzim Tamim in the Match's Opening Over against Bangladesh.

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Pakistan left-arm speedster Shaheen Shah Afridi became the fastest Pakistan bowler to reach the 100 ODI wickets milestone by taking the wicket of Tanzid Tamim in the very first over of the 31st match of the ODI World Cup 2023 and his 52nd match surpassing the greats such as Saqlain Mushtaq and Waqar Younis who achieved this feat in 53 and 59 matches respectively.

Moreover, Shaheen broke Saqlain Mushtaq's 26-year-old record as the fastest Pakistani bowler to reach 100 wickets in ODIs. Saqlain initially set this record on May 12, 1997, during an ODI against Sri Lanka in Gwalior. Among Pakistani fast bowlers, Waqar Younis followed closely as the second fastest, achieving the 100-wicket mark in February 1993 against Zimbabwe in Sharjah.

His shining moment arrived when he bowled out Bangladesh's opening batsman, Tanzid Hasan Tamim. A brilliantly delivered ball hit Tamim's leg, prompting the on-field umpire to signal in favour of Pakistan.

Tamim, undeterred, opted to challenge the decision using the Decision Review System (DRS). Regrettably for the Bangladesh opener, the video replays confirmed that the ball had indeed hit the stumps, upholding the on-field umpire's ruling. This early setback left Bangladesh in a precarious position, with their score at zero runs for the loss of one wicket in the first over only.

Bowlers to reach the fastest 100 wickets

Shaheen Afridi also broke the record of Australia’s Mitchell Starc (52 matches) to become the fastest pacer to 100 wickets and the third-fastest bowler to reach this milestone. Leg spinners Sandip Lamichanne and Rashid Khan have been the fastest bowlers to 100 wickets in ODI Cricket by getting them in just 42 and 44 matches respectively.

Shaheen also made history by becoming the fastest paceman to achieve this feat, surpassing Mitchell Starc's record set in August 2016 during an ODI against Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. 

Shaheen's remarkable performances extend beyond ODIs; he has also secured 105 wickets in Test matches and 64 wickets in T20Is since making his debut in 2018. He initially gained recognition in the U19 World Cup in New Zealand and continued to shine, playing a crucial role in Lahore Qalandars' consecutive title victories in the Pakistan Super League (PSL)."

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