by | December 3, 2015 11:37 am
Shahid Afridi is well known Pakistani Cricketer who is known as “Boom Boom Afridi” for his smashing batting and bowling all round performance. His full name is Muhammad Shahid Khan Afridi. Born on March 1,1980, his age is 35 and he is from a Pashto background performed for Pakistan in T20,ODI and Test Cricket since 1996. Afridi is amongst the legends of Pakistan like Imran Khan, Waseem Akram and Javed Miandad.He holds the record for taking most wickets in T20. He played for Habib Bank Limited in domestic cricket before appearance with a smash in the international scene.
Afridi was born in FATA Pakistan and is also known as “Lala” in his family. He was fond of cricket and was a right handed batsman in his early days. He belong to the tribe of Pushtoons. He is married to his loving wife Nadia and they have four daughters.
Afridi made his test debut in October 22nd,1988 against Australia and played his last test against Kenya on July 2010. He also started his ODI career in 1996 against Kenya but did not bat. Then in second match against SiriLanka,he he made the world record of fastest 100 scored in ODI’s. He was included in the team as leg spinner due to great Mushtaq Ahmed being injured. He amazed the world by scoring the fastest century in just 37 balls. His age was just 16 at that time which surprised the world and caught the attention of world cricket very early in his career.
From there on he went to Australia and SiriLanka with Pakistan and played some glorious fastest innings. By the time he made his test debut in 1998, he had already played 66ODI matches. He toured India and played his second test match. India and Pakistan played after 8 years at that time. Afridi made the test century in that match. In 2001 Afridi went into a contract with Leicestershire and he scored 295 runs in the five matches. In 2003-2004 Afridi signed the contract with English County Cricket and played for Kent.He also played for Derbyshire in 2004.
His another significant innings was against India in March 2005 where he scored a fiery fastest half century in the test match and won the game for Pakistan. Bob Wolmer (late) was the coach at that time who helped Afridi utilize his true potential. In April 2005 Afridi was banned for a few test matched by “Roshan Mahanama” of SiriLanka due to inappropriate treatment with the ball. In April 2006, Afridi announced temporary retirement from the Test Cricket but revised his decision near world cup.
In 2007 he played bad shots and got out cheaply, his World Twenty performance will be remembered as a good bowler than a batsman. He also got out in the final on a duck. In the next T20 world cup he did a much better job in 2009 under the leadership of Younis khan. He scroed 54 runs in the final to win the world cup for Pakistan.
After the viceroy in T20 World Cup in 2009, Younis Khan got retired from T20 and Afridi was handled the leadership of the Pakistani team. In 2010, Afridi also led Pakistan in the Asia Cup and after that he was promoted as a captain of team in all three versions of the game. Afridi had a problem with his temperament and he could not take the pressure of captaincy well in all three departments, therefore he was eliminated from test cricket team in 2010 after the England series .He played his last test against Australia in 2010. In 2011 tour of Newzealand, Afridi became the first cricketer to reach 50 wickets in the T20 cricket. In the World Cup 2011, Afridi was announced as the captain of Pakistani Team for the ODI World Cup. Unfortunately Pakistan lost in the Semi Final against India and Coach Waqar Younis criticized Afridi for being an immature cricketer. Afridi also did not perform well as a captain in the 2011 series against West Indies.
Afridi was not happy by the treatment of Paksitan Cricket Board in 2011 and he announced his retirement. In October, he took his retirement back and helped Pakistan to win the ODI series against Sirilanka. Afridi holds the most “Player of the Match’ record. In 2013 Afridi played against West Indies and finished with the second best bowling figures of all time (7 wickets for 12 runs).
In 2014 he did not played much cricket for Pakistan and announce his retirement in 2015. Pakistan lost to Australia in the quarter final in March 2015 World Cup and Afridi announced his retirement from the ODI cricket as well.
Shahid Afridi was always a caring person for the countrymen and he felt that Pakistan needs his support. Therefore he created “Shahid Afridi Foundation’ in 2014 for promoting the education and health facilities iin Pakistan. He stands among the world’s most charitable Athletes of 2015.
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