Shahid Afridi becomes first player in ODIs to claim 350 wickets and score 7000-plus runs

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi marked his return to international cricket with a dazzling show as he single-handedly demolished West Indies in the first ODI of the five-match ODI series on Sunday.

The 33-year-old first rescued the Pakistan innings with a brisk knock of 76 and then later registered the second best bowling figures in the ODIs by dismissing seven West Indian batsmen.

Among his seven scalps, the wicket of Dwayne Bravo was Afridi’s 350th in the 50-over format.

He thus became the first cricketer in the ODI history to achieve a unique double of recording 7000 runs and collecting 350 wickets.

Afridi ended the match with 7/12 - the best bowling figures for a spinner in ODIs.

Apart from Afridi, the only other player to score 7000-plus runs and collect 300-plus wickets in ODIs is former Sri Lankan all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya.

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