Malinga Surpasses Shahid Afridi

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Cricket is not just a game but it has been a source of identification for different players. Players often enter their names in “Hall of Fame” and some unlucky fellows register themselves into “Hall of Shame”. Not intentionally, but it happens. A lot of records have been made and most of them have also been renewed by the young generations of cricketers.

Cricket was initially played in test format only, but now a days the most trending format of cricket is of T20. Twenty Twenty is commonly known as the yard of batsmen. As it is a shorter version of game, batsmen tend to show aggression that makes this game even more interesting to watch. Gradually, T20 format took over the other formats and got the acceptance of audience. But, like batsmen, bowlers are also aggressive in this format.

Records to Mention

A lot of records have been made by batsmen and bowlers in this format. Some of them are:

  1. 21 centuries for Chris Gayle in this format (Including International & Domestic)
  2. Fastest fifty in 12 balls from Yuvraj Singh including 6 sixes in an over.
  3. And, the highest number of wickets in T20 internationals is 99, by Sri Lankan Pacer Lasith Malinga.

Yes! Malinga “The Yorker King” has surpassed the Pakistani All-rounder Shahid Afridi in T20I wickets. He achieved this landmark in today’s game against New Zealand when he dismissed Colin de Grandhomme on 44. He ended his brilliant spell of 4-overs with the figures of 2 for 23. Despite of his bowling effort, Sri Lanka lost the match by 5 wickets due to brilliance of Ross Taylor and de Grandhomme who shared 79 runs for 4th wicket.

“Shahid Afridi has taken 98 wickets in 97 T20I games. While, Malinga achieved this feat in just 74 matches with best bowling figures of 5 for 31.”

This might be last T20I series for Sri Lankan pacer, although he hasn’t announced about his retirement from T20I yet. He has already retired from ODI and Test cricket.

International Cricket is surely gonna miss this legend as he has provided a lot of wonderful and cheerful memories to his “Fans”. Thank You Sir, for your services!