With an impassioned desire to hit every ball out of the stadium, cricket will surely never witness an audacious player like Afridi. His ferocious hitting of the ball and lethal spin acts as veil on his lack of consistency. Who could deny the fact that Afridi’s powerful hitting makes him attract the world’s largest crowds? His perfect ability to slog the balls to sail off the grounds is a source of extraordinary pleasure and amusement for every Pakistani and how it feels cannot be expressed in writing as it tells a criminally bare story.
Here are some fun facts you probably did not know about the legendary player:
1. Afridi ahead of his second ODI against Srilanka saw a dream in which he blasted sixes all over the ground against the Sri Lankan bowlers and the very next day his dream became a reality.He scored the fastest century in the history of ODI cricket in only 37 balls. His scoring sequence reads like 0610400600661166264400661411041606024100.
2. Main hoon Shahid Afridi, very inspirational movie that received great apprlause across Pakistan and across the world, revolves around a child who dreams of becoming Shahid Afridi.
3. Afridi holds the distinction of hitting the highest number of sixes in the history of ODI cricket.
4. Although loved for his aggressive batting style, Afridi believes himself more a bowler than a batsman. He has taken over 350 wickets in ODI and 48 in test cricket. He is the among the leading wicket takers in T20 format of cricket. He follows Pakistan’s renowned spin bowler, Abdul Qadir’s bowling style.
5. He was given the title of Boom Boom by an Indian commentator Ravi Shastri while he scored his second highest century in only 45 balls against India.
6. Afridi is pronounced as Lala (big brother) by majority of his fans as he belongs to the Pakhtun tribe of Khyber Pakhtunkwa.