The Pinch hitter

With his destructive stroke play, devious leg spin and devilish good looks, this forever-young Pathan is a crowd-puller independent of stage or setting.

A multiple world record holder in cricket, Boom Boom has the ability to change the game at any critical moment.

He was assigned by UNICEF to be in the board of anti polio campaign for tribal areas in Pakistan.

Childhood & Family

Shahid Afridi was born Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi on March 1, 1980 in Khyber Agency, Pakistan. He is from the Afridi tribe of Pashtuns.

Afridi is married to Nadia and has four daughters.

Career

Afridi made his debut in 1996 against Kenya however he didn’t bat and went wicket less. In the next match against Sri Lanka, Afridi batted at number three in the role of a pinch-hitter.

In his first international innings, Afridi broke the record for fastest century in ODI cricket, reaching his hundred from 37Â balls. The eleven sixes he struck also equalled the record for most in an ODI innings.

Afridi made his Test debut in the third game of a three-match series against Australia in 1998. By this point he had already played 66 ODIs, at the time a record before playing Tests

He spent the majority of his early years as an opener for Pakistan, where he lacked consistency as good starts were thrown away.

Under Coach Bob Woolmer his role in the team was changed. Woolmer utilised his hitting power by moving him down the order where he played many quick fire innings.

Also, this was the time when he truly became an all-rounder as Woolmer recognised the strength of Afridi’s leg spin which was grossly underused previously. He was no longer a part-time bowler but could have made the side on the strength of his bowling alone. He was transformed from an inconsistent batsman into a fine bowling all-rounder.

Despite a healthy Test career, he gave up on the format in 2006, to maximise fully a limited-overs career. He came back, in inimitable fashion, for one Test only, as captain no less in 2010. A loss and two slogs meant he re-retired immediately after.

In the T20 format, Afridi became the format’s best player internationally, with an appearance in the final of the inaugural edition in 2007 and a win in the subsequent edition, in 2009, when he scored 54* to take Pakistan to the title.

Afridi’s dramatics on and off the field earned him both friends and foes in the Pakistani cricketing circles.

Records

Youngest Player to Score a Century in ODI

Shahid Afridi is the youngest player ever to Score a one-day International’s century. He scored his first century of International career at the age of just 16-years and 217-days, Against Srilanka 1996

Most Sixes in ODI

Shahid Afridi has a very unique record of hitting Most Number of Sixes in One Day Internationals. He Smashed 333 Sixes in his incredible ODI Career.

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. BOOM BOOM made 88 runs of just 48 balls in The Match, With the help of 7 Huge Sixes.

Highest Strike Rate in ODI Career

Shahid Afridi has the highest strike-rate in one-day International’s. He scored more than 7600 runs at a strike-rate of 115.11 per 100 balls. (Minimum qualification for this record 1000 ODI runs)

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