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Aaqib Javed compares Shaheen Afridi with Jasprit Bumrah; Indian fans will not like his opinion

By BetBarter Staff

April 25, 2022

Due to the rivalry between India and Pakistan, the players of the two nations have always been under the scanner. The debate on which team has better players has always been a hot topic for the admirers of the two teams. Often fans drew comparisons between the best bowlers and the best batsmen of both teams.

Recently, a former Pakistan cricketer talked about both nation's best bowlers i.e., Jasprit Bumrah and Shaheen Afridi. Aaqib Javed is a legendary Pakistani cricketer, who played 163 One-Day Internationals and was a member of the side that won the World Cup in 1992. In his career, the right-arm seamer took 182 wickets.

He believes that Indian bowler, Jasprit Bumrah's graph has remained stable, while Afridi's graph is on a rise. He also hailed Haris Rauf as one of the fastest bowlers in the world.

"The way Haris has bowled in the last few years, his average bowling speed is the fastest in the world. And the aggression he has, the way he runs, the batsman knows that the bowler is running towards him, but Bumrah’s isn’t that aggressive. And people enjoy this kind of bowler who has such body language. Shaheen’s graph is on the rise, while Bumrah is stable," he told Paktv.com.

He further added, "He has less threatening performances than Shaheen, whether it’s in T20s, ODIs, or Tests. And the rise of Pakistan cricket largely has depended on performances from Shaheen, Haris Rauf, Shadab Khan, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan."

Meanwhile, the Indian bowler has 303 wickets in 156 outings across all three forms, while left-arm pacer Afridi has 201 wickets in 94 matches for Pakistan. Notably, Afridi was recently awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year 2021.

In 2021, the left-arm seamer took 78 wickets at an average of 22.20 in 36 internationals. He also exhibited a game-changing spell against India in the 2021 T20 World Cup group stage encounter. Pakistan won that match by 10 wickets, and Afridi was awarded the man of the match.