The eleven sixes he struck equaled the record for most in an ODI innings. He also became the youngest player to score an ODI century and was named man of the match. This Powerful Hitter who hit the world's fastest century at the age of 16, Turns 32 Today! Yes, I am talking about the One and Only SHAHID KHAN AFRIDI!
Almost anyone who loves Cricket and follows it with Passion, over the last few years, has experienced what might be termed ‘Afridi’ Moments. These are times, as you watch the Entertainment appear in cricket, when the Bat is lifted and eyes protrude and sounds are made that bring spouses in from other rooms to see if you’re O.K.
The facts and stats will describe the scenario where we can see and judge his records as the one of the best Limited over cricket player. I don’t see why anyone would be surprised considering the number of match winning performances Afridi has come up with, in Pakistan colours. It would be difficult, actually impossible; to shed some light on all the performances but some of his best performances will be credited here.
It rains sixes when Afridi bats. Yes, he has hit more sixes than any other batsman in ODI cricket, but that’s not all. He has hit seven sixes or more in an ODI innings five times. He has scored more than 25 runs in an over in an ODI on 4 different occasions.Afridi has won the man of the match award in a T20 6 times, which is more than any other cricketer in the world. Shahid Afridi is the highest wicket taker in T20s. He also holds the record for the best bowling figures in a T20 by a captain. Besides Sanath Jayasuriya and Shahid Afridi, no one else has scored more than 6,000 ODI runs and taken more than 300 ODI wickets. Afridi is the 7th highest wicket taker of all time in ODI cricket.
His last Match winning performance was When He scored a half-century before taking five wickets to steer Pakistan to a hard fought 26-run win in the fourth day-night match over Sri Lanka at Sharjah stadium on 21th November, 2011
We heard of the dual word, ‘Boom Boom’ when he punished the Indian bowlers with sixes after sixes in New Delhi. This nickname was given to him by none other than Ravi Shastri, while he was commentating on an India-Pakistan ODI.
The trademark arms-aloft celebration makes everyone, not only girls, go CRAZY! When Afridi strikes the pose and the crowd roars its approval, any neutral venue would become a home away from home.
Afridi’s presence on the team adds much needed aggression. While his mighty hitting has sent chills down the spines of bowlers around the world, and his controversies have been the talk of the town, Afridi has rather quietly established himself as the most prolific leg-spinner.
And even after being married, Shahid Afridi is the ladies number one choice. The opposition batsmen might not enjoy his bowling or the bowlers might not relish his wild batting but his silky hair, his Charming smile, his raising of the index fingers towards the skies drives the girls crazy.
Being the apple of every eye, he has the support of his captain and the rest of the crew. He has the backing of his nation in green Boom Boom T-shirts, chanting his name in any cricketing arena he steps into. He is an experienced campaigner who was mistakenly trained by those forces who always wanted him out of the team. That 16 year old boy was taught to make successful comebacks as he was the favorite scapegoat of the then selectors for any defeat. They kept him out of Tests so much so that he lost his heart for it and they made this enormous talent sit in the dressing room and kill time. Now this 32 year old man knows better than any how to respond when pushed against the wall.
I sincerely hope that he doesn’t miss any international cricket for Pakistan and continues to achieve more than he already has on the cricket field.
A VERY HAPPY 32th BIRTHDAY Boom boom.