West Indies v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Providence

Numbers rumble on Afridi's day

Stats highlights form Afridi's emphatic return to ODIs in the first match of bilateral series between West Indies and Pakistan

Shiva Jayaraman

July 15, 2013

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Shahid Afridi celebrates Tillkaratne Dilshan's exit in trademark style, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Dubai, November 14, 2011
Shahid Afridi is the only player in ODIs to have taken 350 wickets and hit 7000 runs © AFP
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  • Shahid Afridi has now become the only player in ODI history to score 7000 or more runs and take 350 wickets. Dwayne Bravo's wicket was Afridi's 350th, making him only the eighth bowler, and the third Pakistan bowler after Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, in ODIs to take these many. The only other player to take 300-plus wickets and score 7000-plus runs in ODIs is Sanath Jayasuriya.

  • Afridi has taken a five-wicket haul and hit fifty-plus runs in a match three times in his career. No other player has repeated this feat more than once. The last time this was done in ODIs was also by Afridi, against Sri Lanka, in 2011. This was the 16th instance of a player taking a five-wicket haul and scoring fifty or more runs in the same match.

  • Afridi's bowling figures of 7 for 12 were the second-best in ODIs. The best figures in ODIs belong to Chaminda Vaas, who took 8 for 19 against Zimbabwe in 2001. Afridi's bowling figures in this match are the best for a spinner in ODIs. These figures were also the best for a bowler bowling third change or later in an innings. In terms of runs given, this was Afridi's most economical spell in ODIs in which he has bowled five or more overs.

  • This was Afridi's 30th Man-of-the-Match performance, which equals the number of such awards won by Brian Lara and Aravinda de Silva. Only six players have won more Man-of-the-Match awards, but among active ODI players, only Jacques Kallis, with 32, has won more such awards. Among Pakistan players, Afridi holds the record; Saeed Anwar is next with 28.

  • Afridi's performances in matches in which he's made a return to ODIs (after missing out on one or more series) have been excellent. In eight such matches he averages 46.85 with the bat from seven innings, including four half-centuries. His bowling outshines his batting in these matches: he has taken 23 wickets, including two five-fors, at an average of 10.30 and a strike rate of 15.3. His impact in these matches is reflected in the number of Man-of-the-Match awards he's won in these eight games - four.

  • Afridi's bowling average of 16.87 in the West Indies is the best by a visiting bowler to have bowled in at least ten innings. His strike rate of 24.5 is the third-best for a visiting bowler, with a minimum of ten innings in the West Indies.

  • This was only the eighth instance of West Indies getting bowled out for under 100 runs and only the second at home. The last time West Indies got dismissed for under 100 runs was in February 2011 against Australia at Perth.

  • Misbah-ul-Haq's fifty in the match ranks fourth in the list of slowest fifty-plus scores by Pakistan's batsmen. Javed Miandad's unbeaten 63 from 167 balls against West Indies is the slowest fifty-plus score by a Pakistan batsman. Three of the four slowest fifty-plus scores by Pakistan batsmen have now come against West Indies.

  • This was Chris Gayle's 250th ODI of his career. He hasn't played all of his ODIs for West Indies though. Gayle has represented the ICC World XI in three ODIs. He is three ODIs away from becoming only the third West Indies player, after Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, to play 250 or more ODIs.

  • Jason Holder doubled his tally of ODI wickets in this match. Holder's spell of 4 for 13 bettered his performance in his previous three ODIs.

Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 19, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully: If Pak is not winning it is because the top order is not performing, hafeez failing, he only talk like professor, Nasir Jamshed think that if Misbah make 40 of 100 bals and considered as consistent, then he also have right to score 54 of 93, no matter team wins or loss. Ahmed Shehzad naturally aggressive player, but he unlucky to join under Misbah captaincy, he is also gone defensive, Asad Shafiq when was in form, they played in out with him.

Pakistan won 1 match in last 10 matches and that only win is because of Afridi, had he not been included Pakistan would have lost that match too.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 19, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

@bouncer709.Between those 2 hundreds he did batting in 12 matches and his batting average was 25.58. It includes 85, 53, 48, 39 scores in it. He failed 6 times (less than 20 runs). But the fact that India afford to that laxuary as they won 7 out of those 12. The question is does Pakistan has that luxury? Are they able to win half of next 10 or 12 matches with a non performer like Afridi?

Posted by android_user on (July 18, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

Afridi is really an exceptionally talented player. Its really amazing to see what he has achieved despite his careless attitude and all the internal political skirmishes that constantly destabilize pakistani cricket... he deserves this for his talent, but a good temperament could ve easily made him the world's best allrounder...

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 18, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

If you are talking of young talent, then why ST was allowed to play until 40s and he was given more chances to score 100th century after almost one and half year? and Ghambir was thrown even he is more young to ST? Aren't you confused yourself, on one hand you are talking about young talent on the other hand you are saying " Need performing players - young or old" that is what i already mentioned that young player should show performance that they are better than Afridi. Now your fool assumption to get 10 of 20 balls? most of the time when Afridi is in for batting Pakistan requires more than 10 runs per over. How Afridi play according to the situation he showed in T20 world cup, making sure to win SF and F in T20wc. and you yourself mentioned that others batsman are not performing in Pakistan team, so why are you just commenting against Afridi after he performed, instead of writing against those who are not performing? are you jealous?

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 18, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

@Syed Ahmad Abbas Rizvi. He will not. Just because India always looking for good young talents. So, if he failed in 1 or 2 series, he will be out. Just like Yuvraj, Gambhir and Sehwag. No need to give chances to them again and again. Need performing players - young or old - but youngsters will get preference and more chances as they are future.

Posted by   on (July 18, 2013, 0:03 GMT)

Fast_Track_Bully - we will see how long Jadeja last, let see if he even do half of 355 matches let alone 355.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 17, 2013, 6:04 GMT)

@bouncer709. He may be a good all rounder for Pakistan point of view as other batsmen are not scoring runs and Ajmal not getting any support form other spinners. But consistency is the matter for a good player than his hard hitting ability.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 17, 2013, 5:54 GMT)

@ bouncer709. You must be kidding. Have you watched the recent CT matches and India tour of WI?? Jadeja got six 50s in which 3 of them outside sub continent and in sub continent he got them against good bowling units like England,Aus @ India and against SL @ SL. Not out means the opposition unable to take his wickets or he is a finisher. Unlike Afridi, he is with a brain. It is a shame that after these years of cricketing knowledge Afridi cannot play according to the situation.If you are 9 down and 10 to require from 20 balls, Afridi will go for two sixes straight away and got out but on the other hand Jadeja will go for few singles and pick the loose balls and make sure that team wins...thats whats called cricketing brain, mate.

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 16, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully: Afridi scored centuries in subcontinent, but Jadeja played most of his matches in india, still not scored any century, Jadeja average in Austrailia is 16 and at west indies 15. As jadeja play more matches you will see his average will fall down more and more. and High batting average does not means that the player is match winner, if you playing slow and not scoring much but go notout your batting average goes up, same case with Misba and Jadeja also, low strike rate, and highest no of notout.

Now see the T20 record: Jadeja average 10, and got only 7 wickets in 14 matches, Afridi is highest wicket taker in T20, Afrid test record is also better than Jadeja's.

Young all-rounder are not in the team it is not fault of Afridi, it is by selectors, Hamad Azam and Haris sohail deserve to be in the team but not at the cost of Afridi, Afridi is right to say he is better than many in the team, and his physical fitness also proved that he is more fit than the young players.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 16, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

@bouncer709 - Afridi got 5 100s in 1996, 98, 02, 05, 10 . All in sub continent against sub continent teams! Is it something great? It may be great for a team with a captain who do not have a 100 after 121 matches! After 17 years of international cricket and 355 matches, a good player (even an average!) may have better averages than him for sure. It will weak Pak cricket in long run.FYI: Afridi : bowling Avg: 33.65 batting avg: 23.62. Jadeja : bowling average : 30.38 batting avg:31.86

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