T20 World Cup: 23-year-old bowler is repeating the performance of Mohammed Shami in ODI World Cup

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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New Delhi. If any team has surprised the most with its performance so far in the T20 World Cup 2024, then it is Afghanistan. The Afghan fighters have won both their matches easily. While Afghanistan (Afghanistan cricket team) defeated Uganda by 125 runs in its opening match, in the second match it defeated strong New Zealand by 84 runs. With this performance, the Afghan team has staked its claim to enter the Super 8 and has also issued a warning to the big teams in the upcoming matches. Although this performance is the result of 'team effort', but Fazalhaq Farooqui in bowling and Rahmanullah Gurbaz in batting were its leaders. Both are currently the highest run and wicket-takers for their country.

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Fast bowler Fazalhaq Farooqi has become the center of discussion with his performance. The 23-year-old's bowling performance so far in the T20 World Cup 2024 is similar to the performance of Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami in the ODI World Cup 2023.

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Most wickets taken till date, best bowling performance too

Apart from wickets, bowling average, strike rate, Fazalhaq Farooqui is currently at the top in terms of performance in the innings. This left-arm fast bowler does not have very high speed but he deceives the batsmen with his variations. The slow wickets of West Indies are also proving to be favorable to his bowling style. Farooqui has so far taken 9 wickets for only 26 runs in two matches of this World Cup. During this, he has taken 4 wickets in an innings once and 5 wickets once. The best bowling analysis of T20 World Cup 2024 is currently in the name of Farooqui. In the match against Uganda at Providence Stadium Guyana on June 3, he took 5 wickets for just 9 runs in four overs. In this case, only Sri Lanka's Ajantha Mendis (6/8, 2012), Rangana Herath (5/3, 2014) and Pakistan's Umar Gul (5/6, 2009) are better than Farooqui. Farooqui was the first bowler to take 5 wickets in an innings in the current World Cup. West Indies' Akil Hossain then became the second bowler to take 5 wickets (5/11) in an innings against Uganda on 8 June.

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Also top in bowling average and strike rate
In this World Cup, Farooqi's bowling average is 2.88, strike rate is 4.88 and economy is 3.54. He is currently at the top in this tournament in bowling average and strike rate. The record of taking wickets at the best strike rate (strike rate 4.80) in an innings is also jointly held by Farooqi and Aqeel. In the match against Uganda, while Farooqi took 5 wickets for 9 runs in four overs, Aqeel took 5 wickets for 11 runs in four overs. Farooqi, who took 5 wickets against weak opponent Uganda, also took 4 wickets for 17 runs in the match against New Zealand.

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Shami showed similar feat in World Cup 2023 as well
Farooqi's performance in the current T20 World Cup so far is similar to what India's Mohammed Shami did in the ODI World Cup (ICC World Cup 2023) last year. In the World Cup 2023, Shami took the most 24 wickets at an average of 10.70, an economy of 5.26 and a strike rate of 12.20, including 4 wickets in an innings once and 5 or more wickets in an innings thrice. Not only this, Shami also recorded the best bowling analysis (7/57 vs New Zealand) in this World Cup. This Indian bowler also had the best average and strike rate among the bowlers who took more than 10 wickets.

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Farooqi made his international debut three years ago

Farooqi, who made his international debut in 2021, has performed amazingly in his second T20 World Cup. In the T20 World Cup 2022 held in Australia, he took 3 wickets in three matches at an average of 25 and an economy of 6.52. So far, he has taken 44 wickets in 32 ODIs at an average of 31.09 and 46 wickets in 36 T20Is at an average of 18.93 and an economy of 6.56. He plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL and has taken 6 wickets in 7 matches of this T20 league of India so far. Fazalhaq Farooqi's performance in the T20 World Cup so far is really commendable. His real 'test' will be in the upcoming matches of the tournament when he will face strong teams from Afghanistan. Well, it can definitely be said that Farooqi's current performance has raised hopes of him becoming a future star.

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