Shahid Afridi is a former Pakistan International Cricketer. He is a strong all-rounder, right-handed batsman, and right-handed leg spinner.
He is from the hometown Khyber, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Afridi started playing in under-19 teams and based on the excellent performance; he selected in the national team.
Records of Sahid Afridi
- Scored the fastest century from just 37 balls.
- In T20 he holds the record of 98 wickets and player-of-the-match award.
- The first player to take hat-trick wickets.
Before starting his career in the international matches, he was playing in the under 19 teams. He had excellent batting skills and performed well in many domestic games. This play helped Afridi to earn a place for him in the national team.
At the age 16, he enlisted in the national team as the leg spinner. Later, Shahid Afridi made his first debut against Kenya, but he didn’t get the batting opportunity.
In 1996 Pakistan against Sri Lanka game, Afridi showed superb performance by breaking the Fastest century from just 37 deliveries. Also, he blasted 6 fours and 11 sixes leading for a huge win.
Later, in a Test series against Australia, he scored a half-century(67) and took five wickets. After in a match against India, he scored his First Test century of 141 runs from 191 deliveries and three wickets. This event made Afridi as a best international cricketer.
At the time of 2001, Afridi had a total score of 295 runs with an average of 42.12 in test and 481 runs with an average of 40.08 in ODI.
Shahid Afridi outstandingly continued his batting style and got a place in the top international cricketer list in a few years.
In one of the matches against India, he made his second fastest century by scoring 100 runs from 45 balls. Afridi made consistency in all the games against England and the West Indies.
When Younis Khan announced his retirement in the T20 cricket 2009, Afridi selected as the Captain by the Pakistan Cricket Board. Afridi played as captain for only one T20 match. The decision changed later for T20 games.
As an ODI captain against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Afridi scored a total of 384 runs. Next, as Test captain, he scored 31 runs from 15 deliveries in first innings and two runs in second innings. Later, he announced his retirement in the test for lack of temperament.
As the world cup captain in 2011, he showed a good skill from the starting of the match. He took five-wicket against Kenya and further good playing against Sri Lanka. Although Pakistan loses the finals, Afridi was joint-leading wicket-taker with a total of 21.
Afridi played 398 ODI and 27 test matches having a total score of 9780 runs and 443 wickets.
Shahid Afridi announced his retirement in test cricket on July 2010. Later in 2015, he retired in ODI also. Although he played T20 cricket matches, he announced retirement in Feb 2017 in T20 too.
After the retirement in International cricket, he played Pakistan Super League and Afghanistan Premier League.
For his best playing in Afghanistan Premier League, he was chosen as the Icon player.