Karachi: Renowned Indian commentator and analyst has full praise for young Pakistani pacer Shaheen Afridi and thinks that the 20-year-old has the full potential of making the ‘fab four’ in the list of bowlers.
The fab four list has India’s Jasprit Bumrah, Australia’s Pat Cummins, New Zealand’s Trent Boult, and South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada but Bhogle feels that the left-arm pacer has come up the ranks pretty quickly in his career.
“From Pakistan, there is Naseem Shah, but the one I like more than anyone else is Shaheen Afridi. A big left-hander who has got pace, but I hope he has got the staying power. Because if you look at [Mohammad] Amir, [Mohammad] Asif, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Hasan Ali,” Bhogle said while speaking to ICC’s digital show ‘Cricket Inside Out’.
“So many have come and gone. I am really hoping that he has longevity. Along with Shaheen, Bhogle also picked South Africa’s Lungi Ngidi and England’s Jofra Archer, who both can break into the ‘fab four’,” he added.
He was disappointed to see Hasan Ali, who recently got excluded from the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) central contract list. “In that fast-bowling factory of the world, I only hope they produce long-term fast-bowlers because I have just noticed that Hasan Ali, who was so full of promise, has dropped out of the contract list,” he added.
It must be noted that Shaheen made his debut for Pakistan in 2018. He has played 39 international matches and currently has 86 wickets. He recently got a promotion from Category B to Category A in central contracts.