Pakistan player Shaheen Afridi collected the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being named as the ICC Men’s Player of the Year 2021 following his exploits in all three formats of the game for the Men in Green.
Shaheen took 78 wickets in 36 matches across formats, averaging 22.20, and had the best bowling figures of 6/51 in the longest format. It also happened to be his most impactful format, where he took 47 wickets in nine matches at an average of 17.06.
“I tried to produce performances for Pakistan. In 2021, our team performed really well. And we won some very good matches. I always try to produce good performances for Pakistan and I will continue my efforts. There is a lot of support for others in our team. We are gelled together and feel happy when we see our teammates doing well,” he said in a video released by the ICC.
“Most memorable was the one against India” – Shaheen Afridi
In the 2021 T20 World Cup held in UAE, Pakistan won their opening match against India by 10 wickets. The wrecker-in-chief for the match was Shaheen, who bowled a dream opening spell where he took the wickets of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul inside the first two overs.
“The most memorable one for me would be the match we won against India. It was a historical match with India that drew a big audience. Performing against India was a highlight of 2021 for me. It was a great year and hopefully, you will see good performances in 2022 too,” Shaheen added.
Pakistan made it through the group stage without losing a match but ended up losing to eventual winners, Australia, in the semifinal.