India Vs Pakistan – this tagline is enough to increase the voltage of the situation anytime. And obviously when it comes down to sports, definitely it will come down to cricket. Because Cricket is considered to be more than a religion in these two Asian Nations. Team Analystique will focus on the statistical comparison between the two speedsters of the two nations, their main pace firepower, JASPRIT BUMRAH and SHAHEEN AFRIDI.
Birthdate and Birth Place
Shaheen Afridi was born on April 6, 2000 (22 years) in Baluchistan (Khyber Province) in Pakistan. Whereas Jasprit Bumrah was born on December 6, 1993 (29 years) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat India.
Teams in which these two have played
Shaheen Afridi has played for Pakistan National Team, Pakistan U-19, Dhaka Dynamites, Lahore Qalandars, Pakistan A, Rotterdam Rhinos, Team White, Team Greenmhampshire, Birmingham Phoenix and Middlesex.
Jasprit Bumrah has played for India National Team, Mumbai Indians, Gujarat, West Zone, India A, India Green, and Indians. Now we will focus on the statistical comparison between these two speedsters.
Jasprit Bumrah VS Shaheen Afridi in Test Matches:
DEBUT:- Jasprit Bumrah- South Africa vs India at Cape Town ,January 05 / 08/ 2018
Shaheen Afridi-New Zealand vs Pakistan at Abu Dhabi , December 03 /07, 2018
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Note: Clearly we see a sensational tussle between these two fast bowlers. In terms of Wicket comparison, Bumrah stands at 123 and Afridi at 95 and Bumrah played 5 more test matches in comparison to Afridi. Bumrah’s best bowling figure is 27/6 in tests whereas it is 51/6 for Afridi but Afridi has a 10 W haul in test matches (both innings) which doesn’t have in Bumrah’s tally. Bumrah has an Economy rate of 2.65 and Afridi has an economy rate of 3.02 in test matches. Bumrah has 8 Five Wicket haul matches whereas Afridi stands at 6 Five wicket haul matches. Clearly, we see an intense tussle and it is very very tough to consider anyone blindly better.
Jasprit Bumrah VS Shaheen Afridi in ODI Matches:
DEBUT:- Jasprit Bumrah- Australia vs India at Sydney – January 23, 2016
Shaheen Afridi-Afghanistan vs Pakistan at Abu Dhabi – September 21, 2018
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Note: In this aspect clearly we see Bumrah outclassing Afridi in terms of Statistics. Bumrah played more than double the matches compared to Shaheen Afridi. Also, Bumrah has 113 ODI wickets compared to Afridi’s 59. Bumrah surpassed Afridi both in terms of Economy Rate and experience too. The only aspect Shahin Afridi is leading in terms of ODI statistics is that he got 2 Five Wicket Hauls as compared to Bumrah’s One. Though in Test Cricket we see a close contest between these two Superstars, when it comes to ODI Format clearly we see Bumrah has a massive edge over Afridi.
Jasprit Bumrah VS Shaheen Afridi in T20 Matches:
DEBUT:- Jasprit Bumrah- Australia vs India at Adelaide – January 26, 2016
Shaheen Afridi-Pakistan vs West Indies at Karachi – April 03, 2018
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Note: Here also we see a slight edge of Bumrah ahead of Afridi. Bumrah has 67 T20 wickets as compared to Afridi’s 47. Bumrah also leading in terms of Average and economic rate. The Indian pacer is at present considered the best T20 fast bowler in the world according to many Cricket Experts like Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Ian Chappel, Kevin Pietersen etc. So when it comes to the T20 format undoubtedly we can tell Jasprit Bumrah is ahead both in terms of statistics and perception as compared to Shaheen Afridi. But one thing is to remember that in limited-overs format Bumrah has played much more matches than Afridi. And because of that, he is experiencing better statistical results than Afridi.
Jasprit Bumrah VS Shaheen Afridi in First Class Cricket:
DEBUT:- Jasprit Bumrah- Vidarbha vs Gujarat at Nagpur – October 27 – 29, 2013
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Note: Don’t forget the roots. Don’t forget where everything has started for both this bright talent. Yes, it is the Domestic Cricket which helped them to reach where they are now. In First Class, Cricket Bumrah has played more matches than Shaheen Afridi and naturally enjoys more wickets. Bumrah has 215 First Class wickets and Afridi has 131. Bumrah here also is leading in terms of Average and economic rate. Shaheen Afridi has one 10 Wicket Haul as compared to Bumrah’s none. In comparison, Bumrah shows a better stat than Afridi but yes Afridi has played fewer matches as compared to Bumrah.
Jasprit Bumrah VS Shaheen Afridi in LIST A Cricket:
DEBUT:- Jasprit Bumrah- Pak U-23s vs India U-23s at Singapore – August 18, 2013
Shaheen Afridi-Pakistan vs Australia at Lahore – April 02, 2022
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Note: Here also Bumrah has much better statistics than Afridi. Bumrah has 165 wickets as compared to ‘s Afridi’s 64. But Bumrah is nearly close to 100 matches and Afridi’s tally stands at only 35. Here also Bumrah has a much better economic rate and average as compared to Afridi. Both have equal 5 wicket hauls and no one has a 10 wicket haul. So in simple words here also Bumrah surpasses Afridi.
Team Analystique Opinions
Many experts consider Jasprit Bumrah as the Best Limited Overs Fast Bowler at present. Jasprit Bumrah has successfully proven himself in every format including Test Cricket. And of course, the same goes for Shaheen Afridi as well. Experts like Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Michael Vaughan, Kevin Pietersen, and Shaun Pollock consider Bumrah the best-limited overs bowler at present. Whereas many experts like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younus, and Glenn McGrath believe Shaheen Afridi has all the potential to challenge Bumrah at the international level.
Though Bumrah is leading in most of the stats in every format one thing we should remember is that Bumrah is a well established and experienced (29 Years of age) cricketer whereas Afridi is still 22 years old and is in a learning process. So no judgement or conclusion can be made based on present statistics. Shaheen Afridi has every potential to surpass Bumrah at a later stage if he continues to play with the same dedication and effort.
One thing is a realistic fate that though Pakistan Cricket has produced enormous fast bowling talents but only a few have managed to maintain themselves at the top level for many years. Limelight, Fame, Money, Drugs etc; all these factors led to the sudden disappearance of many Pakistani talents from the mainstream platform. Burning examples are Mohammed Amir, Mohammed Asif, and Mohammed Irfan. PCB should ensure they must give proper guidance to youths like Afridi and help them to flourish more in terms of talent and act as a catalyst in their development.
Bumrah is at present a well-established player and one of the best. But he is at a mid-stage in his Cricket Career whereas Afridi is still at a learning stage. Lots of cricketing years are ahead in front of him and he should capitalise on them to the fullest. If he can, the world might see another fast bowler creating History for Pakistan just like Shoaib Akhtar, Wasim Akram, and Waqar Younus. Hope he will thrive himself to that level someday.