Pakistan’s veteran cricketet Shahid Afridi is surely one of the best when it comes to hitting mighty sixes but is he overrated in One Day Internationals? What does his stats says? Let’s find out!
Shahid Afridi scored 8064 runs in ODI Cricket, among those who have scored 8000 runs in ODIs he is the slowest one to do so i.e. with an average of 23.58. He has picked 396 wickets in ODIs, among those who have taken 350+ wickets in ODIs, he is the slowest one, with an average of 34.51.
Nowadays, it’s one of the biggest questions people raise that, “Is Shahid Afridi overrated?”. You would hear “No!” from those people who liked him very much because of his ability of hitting sixes and unorthodox aggressive batting techniques (something which has become a rarity nowadays). Many people say that he played cameos for his team, he was a lower order batsman and such issues justifying his credentials. Let’s find out his average at positions he batted in ODI cricket:
Opening – 24.60 in 145 innings , Seeing that he played 145 innings as an opener, he could have raised his average a bit by playing sensibly. Average of 24 when you are opening sums it all, could have scored more runs too.
- No.3 – 25.94 in 18 innings
- No.4 – 6.86 in 7 innings
- No.5 – 20.06 in 21 innings
- No.6 – 24.92 in 42 innings
- No.7 – 23.23 in 94 innings
- No.8 – 23.50 in 38 innings
- No.9 – 14.50 in 2 innings
- No.10 – 16.00 in 1 innings
Did he average even 26 or more at any position he batted? Answer is no! Now , Let’s find out how he has done against Top 7 teams in ODI cricket.
Shahid Afridi against Top 7 teams in ODI cricket:
- Matches – 329
- Runs – 6564
- Batting average – 22.63
- Wickets – 296
- Bowling average – 38.41.
Also, he is having the worst batting average in International cricket(23.95) among players having scored minimum 10,000 runs compiling all formats. He also has the worst bowling average in International cricket(32.78) among the cricketers who have taken a minimum of 500 wickets compiling all formats.
Afridi is also having the worst batting average among Asian batsmen in International cricket outside Asia(21.40) among those who have scored a minimum 3,000 runs.
It’s injustice to Pakistani legends like Imran Khan who is being compared by Shahid Afridi for no means. Shahid Afridi is surely the best when it comes to hitting sixes but he is being overhyped by many. In cricket, only hitting ability is not important , you have to see stats too! Now, you have to decide! Is he overrated , highly overrated or not?