Pakistan's Shahid Afridi sets world record

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Updated: Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 9:32 [IST]
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Shahid Afridi sets world record

Georgetown (Guyana), July 15: Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has set a new world record. He has achieved something which no other cricketer has managed so far in the history of One Day Internationals. He set the record during Pakistan's 126-run victory over West Indies here on Sunday (July 14).

Afridi has become the first player to score more than 7,000 runs in ODIs and take over 350 wickets. At present, he has 7,277 runs and 355 victims.

The 33-year-old scored 76 and took 7/12 on Sunday to power Pakistan to a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. His 7/12 is the best by a Pakistani and second best overall in ODIs.

Having played 355 ODIs so far, Afridi has managed this rare feat. Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya is the closest to Afridi. The left-hander ended his career with 323 scalps and 13,430 runs in 445 matches.

Afridi made his ODI debut against Kenya in 1996. At the beginning of his career, he was known for his explosive batting at the top of the order. But now he has proved to be a fine legspinner in the 50-over format.


Story first published:  Monday, July 15, 2013, 12:49 [IST]
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