There are Sultans of Swing, Magicians of Spin and Destructive, Scope, Helicopter shots Playing batsmen & mesmerizing All-Rounders who can call cricket as their game and then there is Shahid Afridi the one his team-mates call “Lala” and his fans call him BOOM BOOM Afridi can easily be considered as Pakistan’s most attention-drawing cricketers right from the time his career got under way
Shahid khan afridi, one of the best all-rounder world has ever produce, he is as enigmatic a player as there ever was. In this article we will discuss the life history,records and achievements of great khan.
Shahid Afridi life history:
Shahid Afridi was born on 1 March 1980 in Khyber Agency of the FATA, Pakistan.His full name is Sahibzada Muhammad Shahid Khan Afridi.He is from the Afridi tribe of Pathans. Javed Afridi, CEO of Haier, Pakistan is the paternal cousin of Shaid Afridi.
Afridi was being picked in the team as a leg-spinner to replace the injured Mushtaq Ahmed back in 1996. He came as a 16 years old into the Pakistan ODI squad and was unfazed by all the speculation regarding his real age. Shahid Afridi debuted in cricket from the ODI of Pakistan vs. Kenya on October 02, 1996. In only in his second ODI against Sri Lanka in 1996, he blasted his way to a 37-ball century. Eleven sixes he struck and equaled the record for most sixes in an ODI innings. Aged 16 years and 217 days, Afridi became the youngest player to score an ODI century.Afridi’s sparkling ton came after he was sent in as a pinch-hitter at one drop. The record for fastest century in ODI was broken by New Zealand cricketer Corey Anderson on 1 January 2014 who hit 131* runs from 36 balls and is now held by South-African cricketer AB de Villiers who made a century from 31 balls on 18 January 2015 against West Indies, but Afridi holds this record for 17 years.
For the next few years, Afridi’s batting took prominence after hitting that ton. He soon became a crowd-puller for just his eccentric batting. As entertaining as it was to the viewers, it sometimes proved to be infuriating to his teammates. His then captain, Wasim Akram, had repeatedly asked him not to throw his wicket away, but nothing could change Afridi’s ways. This reckless streak extended to the highest format, the Test matches, and he was quickly sorted out by his opponents. After having some limited success in the longest format, Afridi quickly realised that he lacked the temperament for the same and announced his retirement from Tests in 2006, after having played just 26 games. His temperament is not suitable for the test cricket, He was more successful in the limited overs format, where he influenced many games with a stunning cameo. After a while his career completed a full circle as his quickish leg-breaks gained more importance. His tendency to rush through his overs was almost as influential. He mixed it up by bowling googlies and the quicker ones. On occasions, he even delivered the conventional off-break. This was interspersed with some stunning knocks such as the one against India in 2005 when he got to his hundred in 45 balls. This lethal combination made him one of the most valuable players going around in the shorter forms of the game. In fact, Afridi is the only man to after Sanath Jayasuriya who have made over 4,000 runs and taken over 300 wickets.
Afridi was more consistent with his batting and bowling throughout 2005, starting with the tours of India and West Indies and through to the England tour. The Pakistani coach Bob Woolmer helped Afridi to reach a fuller potential by improving his shot selection and giving him free rein over his batting attitude.
In the 2007 World T20, he performed poorly with the bat but brilliantly with the ball, earning the Man of the Series award, though he failed to take a wicket in the final and was out for a golden duck. But in the next ICC T20 World Cup held in 2009, Afridi performed brilliantly in the series with both bat and bowl, scoring 50 runs in the semi-final and 54 in the final and leading Pakistan team to victory.
controversies have dogged him throughout his career. After the age speculations died down, he was banned for two ODIs and a Test in 2005 after cameras caught him deliberately scuffing up the pitch with his boots in a Test against England. That was not the end of it, in 2010 he was found guilty of ball tampering when he was caught biting the ball in a ODI against Australia. A ban for two T20Is followed. In 2011 after a tour of the West Indies and following a rift with Pakistan coach, Waqar Younis, Afridi was sacked as the captain of the squad. His response to what he saw as unfair treatment being meted out by the board was to announce a conditional retirement. He soon sought a NOC from the PCB that would allow him to play for Hampshire. It was granted after both parties agreed to an out of court settlement.
On 31 January 2010, Afridi was caught on camera biting into the ball towards the end of the 5th Commonwealth Bank ODI series in Australia. Later Afridi pleaded guilty to ball tampering and he was banned from two T20 internationals.
Shortly after Pakistan won the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 the captain Younis Khan announced his retirement from T20 cricket the PCB subsequently announced that Shahid Afridi had taken over as captain in T20s.
In March 2010 the board announced that Shahid Afridi had been appointed ODI captain in place of the sacked Mohammad Yousuf he led Pakistan in the 2010 Asia Cup and during his first three matches as ODI captain he scored two centuries against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh he finished as the tournaments highest runscorer with 384 runs from 3 matches.
On 25 May 2010, Afridi was appointed captain of the national team in all three formats, after he announced his return to Test cricket. In July 2010, Afridi captained Pakistan in the first Test of the series at Lord’s against Australia. He scored 31 off 15 deliveries in the first innings and 2 in the second but was dismissed succumbing to rash strokes in both the innings. After the match, he announced retirement from Test cricket again citing lack of temperament for Test cricket as the reason. Afridi was officially removed from the Test squad on the England tour, but after the spot-fixing scandal of Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and Test captain Salman Butt temporarily suspended by the ICC, he stated that he might return to Test cricket if “the team needs it”.
The team toured New Zealand between December 2010 and February 2011 for two Tests, six ODIs, and three T20Is. Pakistan lost the first two T20Is but won the third; in final match Afridi became the first cricketer to reach 50 international wickets in the format. In the same match, he also became the first cricketer to have completed the double of 500 runs and 50 wickets in the T20 Internationals. When Pakistan’s squad for the 2011 World Cup was announced no captain was named; Afridi, the incumbent ODI captain and Misbah-ul-Haq, the Test captain, were the front runners for the position. Pakistan lost the first match against New Zealand by 8-wickets, the second match got rained out and in the third Mohammad Hafeez scored a century and Afridi scored a blistering 65 from just 25 balls. The following match was a tight game but Pakistan prevailed by two-wickets thanks to three boundaries from Sohail Tanvir, the match was set up by a 93 not out from Misbah-ul-Haq. The fifth ODI was won for Pakistan by 43 runs courtesy of a maiden ODI-century from Ahmed Shehzad. Afridi helped in the lower order by scoring 24 and taking two crucial top order wickets to help guide Pakistan to a 43-run victory and their first ODI series win in two years.
After gaining victory as a captain against New Zealand, the PCB declared Shahid Afridi as Pakistan’s captain for the 2011 World Cup. In Pakistan’s opening match of the tournament, Afridi took 5 wickets for 16 runs against Kenya, giving him the best bowling figures by a Pakistan bowler in a World Cup. In the following match against Sri Lanka, which Pakistan won, Afridi claimed for more wickets to help his side to victory and became the second player to have scored 4,000 runs and taken 300 wickets in ODIs.He claimed 17 wickets from 6 matches in the first round of the Cup, including a five-wicket haul against Canada, as Pakistan finished top of their group and progressed to the next stage. After beating the West Indies in the quarter-final, with Afridi taking four wickets, Pakistan were knocked out of the semi-finals in a 29-run defeat to India. Afridi was the tournament’s joint-leading wicket-taker with 21 wickets, level with India’s Zaheer Khan, even though Afridi had played one match less than him.
Severely criticised for his lack of quality performances in recent times, Afridi silenced his critics in the 2014 Asia Cup by delivering outstanding back-to-back performances. In what was quoted to be a virtual semi-final against India, he hit a quick-fire 34 not out, giving Pakistan a thrilling last over win. He bettered his previous performance in the next game against Bangladesh, equalling his own record for the second fastest ODI fifty for the third time
Soon after the World Cup Pakistan toured the West Indies for a T20 five ODIs and two Tests. Pakistan lost the only T20 but won the ODI series that followed 3–2.Afridi took two wickets and scored 28 runs in the series. After the series, on 19 May the PCB replaced Afridi as ODI captain with Misbah-ul-Haq for the two-match ODI series against Ireland later that month. In 34 ODIs as captain, Afridi led his side to 18 wins and 15 defeats. Afridi subsequently withdrew from the touring squad, citing the illness of his father.
On 30 May Afridi announced his conditional retirement from international cricket in protest against his treatment by the PCB. But in October he withdrew his retirement as Ijaz Butt had been replaced as chairman of the PCB,2 weeks after his announcement, Afridi was included in Pakistan’s squad to face Sri Lanka in three ODIs and a T20.
In 2013 during the first ODI game against the West Indies in Guyana, Afridi finished with figures of 7/12, the second best ODI bowling figures of all time.
In July 2014, he played for the Rest of the World side in the Bicentenary Celebration match at Lord’s.
Afridi announced his retirement from ODI cricket after 2015 Cricket World Cup. Pakistan lost to Australia in the quarter final and lost the tournament.
On 3 April 2016, he announced he will not be retiring, but instead just step down as Twenty20 Captain. Also read the life history of Nasir jamshed and his various records
In March 2016, Pakistan was unable to make it to the semi-finals in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 after losing to New Zealand, India and Australia. Before Australia’s match, the PCB hinted at Afridi’s retirement. However, he went against their decision after the match and announced that he would make the decision himself after consulting family and other iconic players beforehand and also announce it in Pakistan.He also stated that “As a player, I am fit. As a captain, I am not fit”.Former Australian player Ian Chappell praised his honesty.
Batting statistics of Shaihd Afridi :
In April 2016, he finally announced he was stepping down as T20 captain, but was not retiring. He said he wanted to “continue to play the game for my country”. Sarfraz Ahmed was appointed as Pakistan’s T20I captain following Afridi’s resignation. You may like reading the life history and records of Rahul Dravid.
Bowling statistics of Afridi:
Shaihid Afridi Records and Achievements:
Shahid Afridi is one of the best all rounders that have been produced by Pakistan and he is truly a superstar of his nation. He has proved his talent both with the bat and bowl while also being one of the most reliable fielders of cricket. He has been part of the international cricket team of Pakistan for years as he made his debut only when he was 16. He is widely known for his commendable bowling in T20 and ODI matches and various batting records have been set by him. Here is a list of the Shahid Afridi’s Records and achievement that have led to gigantic following of this man.
RECORDS IN TEST MATCHES:
- Youngest player to score a test century:
- In age of 18 years 333 days, Shahid Afridi scored his 1st Test hundred. That makes him 7th Youngest Batsmen to Score a Century in Test Cricket history.
- Second fastest Test fifty
- In 2005, Shahid Afridi scored a half century against India at Bangalore in just 26 balls. That was 2nd Fastest Fifty in Test Cricket.
- Second most runs off one over
- In 2006, Shahid Afridi smashed 27 Runs in a Over of Harbhajan Singh in Lahore Test. That was joint 2nd Most Runs in An Over of Test Match.
- Most Sixes off consecutive deliveries in Test Match
- In the same match Shahid Afridi smashed 4 consecutive sixes of Harbhajan Singh’s over at Lahore. This is still a world record for Most Sixes in An Over of Test match.
RECORDS IN ODI MATCHES:
- Fastest Century:
- In his second One-day International, and his very first innings, Shahid Afridi blasted the then World Champions, Sri Lanka for the fastest ever 100 in one-day International cricket. His destructive innings brought up three figures in just 37 balls.it remain the record for more then 17 years.
- the Record of fastest century in ODI was broken by CJ Anderson who scored a Hundred Playing Just 36 Balls, later on AB De Villiers smashed 31 deliveries century against West Indies.
- Fastest Fifty:
- Shahid Afridi also holds the record for twice hitting the second fastest fifty in one-day Internationals (off 18 deliveries), and he has the record for hitting the 5th fastest fifty to his name as well (off 19 deliveries).
- Shahid Afridi has also scored fifties off 20,21 and 22 deliveries.
- Youngest player to score a hundred:
- Shahid Afridi is the youngest player ever to hit a one-day International’s century. He scored his first century of International career at the age of just 16-years and 217-days.
- 2nd Best bowling spell ever:
- Shahid Afridi, with his outstanding bowling effort of 7/12 off nine overs, has produced the best-ever bowling performance by a Pakistani bowler and the second-best overall in ODIs.
- Highest career strike rate:
- Shahid Afridi has the *highest strike-rate in one-day International’s [5882 runs] at a strike-rate of 113.82 per 100 balls.
- (*Minimum qualification for this record [1000 ODI runs] )
- Most sixes in career:
- Shahid Afridi holds the record for hitting the most sixes in one-day International’s, he has so far smashed 289 sixes in 325 matches. Sanath Jayasuriya who is second in the list has 270 sixes to his name in 444 ODI matches.
- Most runs off one over:
- Shahid Afridi holds the number two position in scoring most run off one over in ODI’s, in 2007 he smashed Sri Lanka’s CM Bandara for 32 runs in over [the most runs off one over record belongs to South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs 36 in one over].
- Most matches in career:
- Shahid Afridi is 10th in the list of most one-day International’s played by a cricketer. Among the Pakistani cricketers he sits in at number three behind only Inzamam-ul-Haq and Wasim Akram.
- Most Man of the Match Awards:
- Shahid Afridi has won the man of the match award 24 times in his career, among Pakistani’s he is second only to Saeed Anwar who has 28 man of the match award
- Most wickets in career:
- Shahid Afridi is one of eleven players who have taken more than 300 wickets in ODIs
- Best Ball per Six ratio in ODI Cricket:
- Boom Boom Afridi tops the chart with just 20 balls for a six – nearly half of what the 2nd best takes. Boom has faced 6862 till now and smashed 351 sixes with ratio of 19.79 Balls/Six .
- Longest Six in History
- Shahid Afridi Smashed 158 meters long Six, Afridi hit it against South Africa in 3rd ODI at Johannesburg on March 17, 2013.
- Sixth Highest Wickets Taker
- Afridi has taken 395 wickets in his 20 years long career. Afridi played 395 matches till now
- Most wickets in single world cup as Captain:
- In ODI Worldcup 2011, Afridi made another wolrd record. He took 22 wickets during the WC. That was the most number of wickets by any captain in history of ODI World Cups.
- Only player who took 350 wicket and scored 8,000 runs:
- With more than 8,000 runs in ODI’s, and 395 wickets. Shahid Afridi is the only player in the history of ODI who achieved this milestone. Sanath Jayasuriya is the 2nd in list with 323 wickets and 13,430 runs.
- Only player who took 5 wicket & score a fifty three time:
- Shahid Afridi has done this magic three times in his career. Against England, Srilanka and West Indies he took 5 Wickets and Scored a Half Century.
RECORDS IN T20:
- Only Player Who have more than 1,000 runs and 50 wickets(1405 runs 97 wickets)
- Shahid Afridi has taken 45 wickets in different T20 Worldcups. This is still a world record.
- Only Player To Hit more Sixes(400) in International career.
- Only Pakistani and 2nd player in cricket history, who scored more than 10,000 runs and took 500