Shahid Khan Afridi An Insight Into The Long And Glaring 20 Year Career

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Born on 1st March 1980, in the Afridi tribe of Pashtuns in the tribal areas of Pakistan, Shahid Afridi emerged as a player with the born appetite for Cricket. Born He was named as Shahid Khan Afridi now popularly known as Boom Boom Afridi or LALA This then-boy worked tremendously hard under such demanding circumstances and paved his way into the Pakistan national side in 1996, just at the age of 16.At that time nobody knew of this youngster who was only drafted into the side at the expense of legendary leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed who was injured during Pakistan’s tour of Kenya for the tri nation series, also involving Srilanka & Kenya itself.Shahid Afridi made his ODI debut under the leadership of former opening great Saeed Anwer against Kenya as a front line leg spinner on 2nd October 1996, but, didn’t get to bat and went wicket-less in his first stint. However his figures of 10-0-32-0 suggested that Pakistan have already found someone to replace Mushtaq Ahmed in the long run. The leggy got his chance to bat in Pakistan’s next outing against the then-crowned World champions, Srilanka, as a pinch-hitter The FATA born boy turned into a star overnight with his blistering century of 37 balls which was then a world-record, later broken by NewZealand’s Corey Anderson and then tripped over by South Africa’s AB DeVilliers. Afridi eventually managed 102 runs of 40 deliveries including 6 fours and 11 mighty sixes. His knock allowed Pakistan to amass 371 runs from their allotted 50 overs which was at that time, the second highest score in ODI’s.Boom Boom’s knock was also more of a value as it came against a side which had quality bowlers in the form of Chaminda Vaas & Muttiah Muralitharan, who later went on to become the world’s leading wicket-taker, both in tests & ODI’s. This innings transpired Afridi into a confident player and allowed Pakistan an option of playing him as an all-round cricketer. He promised a lot with his first ever international innings and started getting chances regularly in the National side. He was also later drafted into the Test side due to his all-round ability and represented his Country in 27 tests before taking retirement from the longer format, citing, temperament issues.

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