Known as Boom Boom, Shahid Afridi holds the record of hitting the highest number of sixes in world.
Shahid Afridi, a gentleman at play is among the most revered allrounders in the world. He is a Pakistani cricketer and the former captain of the team. Known for his variations in pace, he impressed his fans with a consistent aggression, which made him popular as ‘Boom Boom’. He holds the record of hitting the highest number of sixes in the world. Adding his 48 Test wickets, 350 in ODI and 98 in 99 T20I matches, he is a true allrounder in cricket history.
Only a few cricketers in the world has the kind of respect he earned in his international career of almost two decades. Afridi likes to be called as ‘Lala’, which is an informal of Mr. in Hindi. Also, a hero beyond the stadium, in 2015, he was named among the top 20 most charitable athletes in the world by an US based global charity organization.
The former Pakistani cricketer confirmed his participation in Afghanistan Premier League.
Recently, Afridi confirmed his participation in the Afghanistan Premier League, which is set to roll out its maiden tournament. The former Pakistan captain is also active in Pakistan Super League as the captain of team Peshawar Zalmi. In a late Twitter session under hashtag ‘AskLala’, the charismatic player revealed that it was Ravi Shastri, the current coach of Indian Cricket Team, who named him ‘Boom Boom’. The player is associated in many cricketing events across the globe along with other senior cricketers. He also played in a new T10 tournament in Europe, which set off a new and shorter format of the game.
Shahid Afridi was born on first March of 1980 at Khyber region of Pakistan. He began playing gully cricket as a passion since the age of eleven. After some time, he and his brother joined the Karachi Cricket Club starting professional training. Later, Afridi disclosed that Imran Khan, the popular Pakistani cricketer in 80s was his childhood inspiration. Khan, as of now, is the Pakistani Prime Minister. The player married his maternal cousin, Nadia Afridi, following the traditions. The couple now has four daughter named Aqsa, Ansha, Ajwa and Asmara.
Shahid Afridi knocked the fastest ODI hundred in the second match he played in 1996. It was broken only in 2014.
When Afridi was only 16, he was already an international cricketer. Young Shahid debuted ODI in October 1996 in the Sameer Cup, the four-nation tournament. He was inducted into the team as a replacement of injured Mushtaq Ahmed. Although, he went wicketless and without a chance to bat in the debut match, in the second, he cracked the world record. It was the ODI against Sri Lanka where the player broke the record of the fastest century in the format knocking 100 off only 37 balls. In the time, the eleven sixes he struck also marked the record of being the highest in a single ODI innings. Hitting the ton, the 16 years old player also became the youngest cricketer to thump an ODI century. The record of fastest century was broken only in January of 2014 by Corey Anderson of New Zealand.
In Test cricket, Afridi made himself notorious as a bowler. He debuted Test in October of 1998 after playing 66 ODIs. In his maiden innings, he took 5 wickets. He played many tests as the match winner. On April of 2006, he announced a temporary retirement from Test cricket to focus on the upcoming 2007 World Cup. He latter played a Test only in 2010. Afridi debuted T20 in August 2006 against England.
Shahid Afridi is the only cricketer in the world to be awarded both Player of the Match and Tournament in World T20 final.
In 2007 World T20, he came out as the first person to be awarded Player of the Tournament in the tournament’s history. Although Pakistan made it out to the final, his performance was bleak in the match. In the next season of the tournament in 2009, Pakistan won the final against Sri Lanka at Lord’s. In the match, Afridi marked some of the rare records in T20 history. He became the first player to knock a half century in world cup final. The allrounder also became the only cricketer in T20 to be awarded both Player of the Match and Player of the Series.
Shahid Afridi retired from Test cricket in July 2010. His ODI retirement was after the 2015 ICC World Cup. He played his final T20 match against West Indies after which he announced retirement from the shortest format in February 2017. In Afghanistan Premier League tournament in September 2018, Shahid Afridi was named as the Icon Player for Pakistan’s squad.
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