Jasprit Bumrah and Shaheen Afridi. Photo- Getty
Jasprit Bumrah and Shaheen Afridi. Photo- Getty

After a ferocious performance in the series opener, by replacing Shaheen Afridi and Trent Boult, the speedster recaptured the top place in the most recent ICC ODI rankings. In the first ODI against England, Jasprit Bumrah put on an outstanding performance with the ball and recorded his career-best figures of 6/19 to lead India to a 10-wicket victory at the Oval. 

Bumrah has been referred to as the finest all-format bowler in the world right now by a number of former cricket players, including Nasser Hussain and Sachin Tendulkar. 

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo: Twitter)

 Shaheen Afridi Among The Very Best: Salman Butt

Salman Butt, a former captain of Pakistan, believes that left-armer Shaheen Afridi is on par with the best pacer in India. 

“See, Shaheen hasn’t played as much cricket but he is among the very best. He is no less than him (Bumrah). In fact, Shaheen with experience, will only get better and then he has more pace and offers a different angle,” Butt said on his YouTube channel. 

Shaheen Afridi
Shaheen Afridi. Credits: Twitter

Butt praised the two top bowlers highly, believing them to be the greatest in the industry with new balls. 

“See, both are world cricket’s finest and watching them bowl is an exciting experience. It’s great fun to watch both Bumrah and Shaheen perform, and the way they bowl with the new ball it feels as if a wicket can go down anytime. You don’t get this feeling watching any other bowler,” he said. 

There Shouldn’t Be Any Comparison Between Shaheen Afridi And Jasprit Bumrah: Salman Butt

Shaheen is still young and has participated in far less matches than the Indian bowler Bumrah, who has already established himself in international cricket. 

Shaheen Afridi
Shaheen Afridi (Image: Twitter)

The left-arm seamer, though, has already had a significant influence in his brief career thus far thanks to some amazing performances, including as the one in a group stage match against India in the 2021 T20 WC. In the most recent ICC rankings for ODI bowlers, Shaheen is ranked third. 

Butt believes that, given the number of games they have both played, there should be no comparison between the two. 

“Nonetheless, for a 20-year-old bowler to perform in the manner that he has is not easy. Both are outstanding. Obviously, Bumrah has played a lot more and is a brilliant performer so at the moment, there shouldn’t be any comparison. One has played a lot, the other not so much,” he said. 

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