Asia Cup 2013-14 March 6, 2014

'I am better off coaching myself' - Afridi

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The Asia Cup is Pakistan's first tournament under a new-look team management, with Moin Khan as coach and Zaheer Abbas as chief consultant. The regime change has coincided with a stunning return to batting form for Shahid Afridi, whose unbeaten 18-ball 34 against India and a brutal 25-ball 59 against Bangladesh were instrumental in Pakistan reaching the final.

But correlation, Afridi has said, didn't quite mean causation. While praising the support staff for backing him, he said he was essentially his own coach.

"It was different earlier, it's not that it was not good," Afridi said, after Pakistan's practice session on Thursday. "The support team that we have now are all knowledgeable and keep you positive. As I've said earlier also, having played at this level for so many years, I don't need a coach. I am better off coaching myself. I know very well what to do and what not to do. It's about having the right people to back you and support you."

Pakistan, Afridi said, had peaked at the right time in the tournament, and this would help them at the World Twenty20 as well.

"I've already mentioned before how important for us this series is," he said. "The World Twenty20 is coming up after this. I think we peaked at the right time, that was the requirement."

Pakistan have never beaten India in an ICC world event, be it the 50-over World Cup or the World T20. Asked if they could overcome the jinx when they meet in the World Twenty20 on March 21, Afridi said he wouldn't think about it till the Asia Cup ended.

"I'm not looking that ahead," he said. "My and my team's focus is just on the Asia Cup final at the moment. When the World Twenty20 comes, we will talk about the India-Pakistan then."

Afridi said India and Pakistan should play each other more frequently.

"It should be like that only," he said. "Pakistan have always supported India at every step. Despite threats, Pakistan have always toured India. I think cricket can only revive India-Pakistan relations. Sport brings friendship. The way I enjoyed my cricket in India, I never enjoyed anywhere else. We are after all neighbours. The relations should be good between us. Cricket can only help better the relations."

This year's IPL, like most other editions before it, will not include Pakistan players. "Ask your Indian government," Afridi said, when his views were sought on this. "Why ask me?"

Afridi will turn 35 during the 2015 World Cup, and will have entered the 19th year of his international career. But the thought of retirement, he said, had not entered his mind yet.

"Obviously, the World Cup 2015 is going to be a huge thing for me and my team," he said. "As long as I'm fit and give my life to cricket, I'll continue playing the sport. I will sideline myself the moment I start thinking that I'm becoming a burden on my team. I will not give anyone an opportunity to talk."

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  • on March 8, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Come on afridi malinga looking forward to u

  • Azmat58 on March 8, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    It is quite natural that you are envied if you are performing well. Boom Boom had been always a terror to the opposition team and they love to see him faltering. He is one of the great all-rounders I have seen. It is a treat to see him hitting everyone to the fence. All the best to him personally. In cricket the team which performs better on a given day wins. After all it is a gentleman sport.

  • on March 7, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    Jadeja is a class apart from average afridi who shines once in a blue moon. Hitting a spinner for six over a 60m boundary is no big deal. He is just a wild slogger at the most, pretty much a tail ender. Even agarker was good at that. He averages in the mid 30's with the ball and 23 with the bat which is quite shameful to be honest for someone who is claimed as an allrounder. This attitude about coaching myself explains a lot actully It just goes to show why he has been such an average performer. India has produced world class batsman but average bowlers and have still won two world cups a T20 world cup and Champions trophy. Pakistan cricket needs to look around at it's neighbours to learn how to select a team capable of achieving soemthing not some part time entertainer who only knows slogging and nothing else.

  • CherryWood_Champion on March 7, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    @Mansoor Iqbal - "Pakistan have never beaten India in an ICC world event" We have beaten India in ICC Champions trophy in the 2004 and 2009 editions!

    The question was not about ICC World event .... it was about "ICC World Cup" event ... 50-over ODI world cup or T-20 World cup.

    "I am better off coaching myself" -- This statement to me has a tone that is on a thin borderline between confidence and over-confidence. Sincerely hope this is not overconfidence. Otherwise it would be a dent to their world cup preparations. Nevertheless, two great innings from Boom Boom Afridi. Finally has come off age.

  • on March 7, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    @Lackshmindra Fernando on (March 7, 2014, 12:25 GMT)

    Your ignorance is appalling. It is NOT India who is playing the highlights on the TV. It is Star TV; which is primarily an Australian owned and promoted firm. They are a commercial outfit,and go by commercial (meaning Ad revenue prospects) and not by cricketing considerations in choosing what to broadcast. Show your protest at them. Don't bark the wrong tree, for your ignorance. It also shows what the "paying" public wants to see.

  • merandy on March 7, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Although I am a Sri Lankan fan, Afridi is in my favorite player list. Though I hope SL to win, I would like another firecracker inning from Afridi! Hope for a nail biting finish.

  • on March 7, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    He is a legend. He Can change the game in minutes. Hats off to his innings against India and Bangladesh under pressure :)

  • keptalittlelow on March 7, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    He Play good or bad Afridi definitely brings more energy to the team on the pitch, he is a very friendly and helpful character which helps bind the boys together.

  • screamingeagle on March 7, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Afridi is in great form and that can only be good for Pak. He though is like his team, unpredictable. But then, thats part of the charm, I will take a maverick anyday compared to a cool calculating guy for visual and emotional impact. Hope to see Afridi doing very well in this T20, hopefully not against India. :) I am an Indian fan after all, despite my team trying my patience a bit too long nowadays.

  • on March 7, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    He brings in a lot of energy to the outfit. He gives his input in bowling,. batting and fielding, at times he succeeds and at times he fails but he is a STAR. A match winner on his day, and thats the way he is, i mean people should quit thinking that he will play like inzi, sachin or kallis. he is into his 19th year in international cricket and he can't transform now, and has given us alot of happy moments including WC T20 2009 title. We have been getting close to winning matches but we couldn't just finish the games and thats what lala did in his last two innings. He takes crucial wickets and crucial times and when gets out without scoring, we forget what he did with the ball. We should support him and encourage him.

  • on March 8, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Come on afridi malinga looking forward to u

  • Azmat58 on March 8, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    It is quite natural that you are envied if you are performing well. Boom Boom had been always a terror to the opposition team and they love to see him faltering. He is one of the great all-rounders I have seen. It is a treat to see him hitting everyone to the fence. All the best to him personally. In cricket the team which performs better on a given day wins. After all it is a gentleman sport.

  • on March 7, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    Jadeja is a class apart from average afridi who shines once in a blue moon. Hitting a spinner for six over a 60m boundary is no big deal. He is just a wild slogger at the most, pretty much a tail ender. Even agarker was good at that. He averages in the mid 30's with the ball and 23 with the bat which is quite shameful to be honest for someone who is claimed as an allrounder. This attitude about coaching myself explains a lot actully It just goes to show why he has been such an average performer. India has produced world class batsman but average bowlers and have still won two world cups a T20 world cup and Champions trophy. Pakistan cricket needs to look around at it's neighbours to learn how to select a team capable of achieving soemthing not some part time entertainer who only knows slogging and nothing else.

  • CherryWood_Champion on March 7, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    @Mansoor Iqbal - "Pakistan have never beaten India in an ICC world event" We have beaten India in ICC Champions trophy in the 2004 and 2009 editions!

    The question was not about ICC World event .... it was about "ICC World Cup" event ... 50-over ODI world cup or T-20 World cup.

    "I am better off coaching myself" -- This statement to me has a tone that is on a thin borderline between confidence and over-confidence. Sincerely hope this is not overconfidence. Otherwise it would be a dent to their world cup preparations. Nevertheless, two great innings from Boom Boom Afridi. Finally has come off age.

  • on March 7, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    @Lackshmindra Fernando on (March 7, 2014, 12:25 GMT)

    Your ignorance is appalling. It is NOT India who is playing the highlights on the TV. It is Star TV; which is primarily an Australian owned and promoted firm. They are a commercial outfit,and go by commercial (meaning Ad revenue prospects) and not by cricketing considerations in choosing what to broadcast. Show your protest at them. Don't bark the wrong tree, for your ignorance. It also shows what the "paying" public wants to see.

  • merandy on March 7, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Although I am a Sri Lankan fan, Afridi is in my favorite player list. Though I hope SL to win, I would like another firecracker inning from Afridi! Hope for a nail biting finish.

  • on March 7, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    He is a legend. He Can change the game in minutes. Hats off to his innings against India and Bangladesh under pressure :)

  • keptalittlelow on March 7, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    He Play good or bad Afridi definitely brings more energy to the team on the pitch, he is a very friendly and helpful character which helps bind the boys together.

  • screamingeagle on March 7, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Afridi is in great form and that can only be good for Pak. He though is like his team, unpredictable. But then, thats part of the charm, I will take a maverick anyday compared to a cool calculating guy for visual and emotional impact. Hope to see Afridi doing very well in this T20, hopefully not against India. :) I am an Indian fan after all, despite my team trying my patience a bit too long nowadays.

  • on March 7, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    He brings in a lot of energy to the outfit. He gives his input in bowling,. batting and fielding, at times he succeeds and at times he fails but he is a STAR. A match winner on his day, and thats the way he is, i mean people should quit thinking that he will play like inzi, sachin or kallis. he is into his 19th year in international cricket and he can't transform now, and has given us alot of happy moments including WC T20 2009 title. We have been getting close to winning matches but we couldn't just finish the games and thats what lala did in his last two innings. He takes crucial wickets and crucial times and when gets out without scoring, we forget what he did with the ball. We should support him and encourage him.

  • varman3e on March 7, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    @khs_shk2000 Do u really think that Pakistan played better cricket than India in this Asia cup. They have struggled to win against Bangladesh and Afghanisthan and surrendered to Srilankan when they were actually in a winning position. If u take away Afridi's effort against India and Bangladesh, they would have lost both these matches. Results clearly show that teams electing to chase have won more than 90% of their matches. Considering this, India (with their weak bowling attack) and Bangladesh have really fought well against Pakistan since both teams were defending an average total. Afridi's words "'I am better off coaching myself'" seem to be over confident words. He could have said these words after becoming a consistent player. His stats reflects what a good coach he is for himself. 70% of the time he has played selfish cricket and ended up losing many matches for his team. He is a good bowler in limited overs cricket though. Lets wait and see his score in the final match.

  • zee-39 on March 7, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    Use less to talk nagative about Afrdi, yes he has rush of blood. But remember he is a match winner and he is second highest Man of The Match awards winner.

  • on March 7, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    I can't believe that ppl in here are discussing is Afrid's batting average etc. Get over it volks. Sometimes it's good for your health to accept a defeat.

  • siddhartha87 on March 7, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Afridi is the only batsman who plays for the crowd. You chant "boom boom" and he will try to hit six. A true entertainer but this has negativity as well. He often fails to respond to situation due to this.He got out to a disastrous shot against Afghanistan due to this habit. He is one of the best bowling all rounder of all time .Man of the series of 2007 t20 wc and highest wicket in 2011 are testament for this.

  • on March 7, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    India, still does not seem to accept defeat in good spirit. They have not stopped at blocking all highlights packages of the matches they lost, but gone all the way by repeating the only matches they won.

  • khs_shk2000 on March 7, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    When PCB happy with Afridi, pakistani people are happy his fans are happy why Indian people feeling pain in their stomach. The only reason he is the person who changed the pakistan defeat into win. In final whether they win or loss but in this cup they played better than India.

  • on March 7, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Being a Pakistani, i tend to agree a bit with some of the Indians here, that he is amazingly inconsistent. Also not much to talk about regarding his average. But still what is happening with afridi is, that he has been the way he is all his life. Be it the 50 over match where he picks up the bat in the 20th over, he'll play it like if its the last ball of his life.

    But the major thing is that, no matter he scores or not- he has that X factor, which inflate some doubt in the opposition. They are never so comfortable when he stays at the crease for more then 4/5 balls. Besides, if he is able to bat, he may win you a lost game. However, he balls consistently well and fielding is up to the mark as well. So, i feel there is no harm in playing him the game the way he does. Cheers!

  • on March 7, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    I think we all knew Afridi's batting is self coached. No one in their right mind would have coached that style.

  • on March 7, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    guys stop unnecessary debates really. he is no doubt inconsistent but when ever, i mean whenever he plays that sort of innings we should praise him. but criticism on him also justified in a way. no 1 can say he is consistent. he performs once in many games. but same time no 1 can say that when he performs , its not a match winning knock.

    the issue is now that according to media reports, participation of afridi, ahmed and gul is doubtful coz of injury. that will be a big blow for final.

  • getsetgopk on March 7, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    A word of advice to those digging a little too much into Afridi's stats, dont look into his stats, you are not going to find solace in it. Afridi must be worlds first and only bowler that fans are more interested in his batting average than his bowling average. Both the writer here and the fans alike, why are you guys stuck in the mud for no good reason? The mud is not too deep, you can lumber out of it if just put in a little effort and get over this obsession with Afridi and his batting average. Isn't it a treat to watch Lala tearing down the opposition bowling? Yeah probably a bit hard if you are a BD or INDIAN fan.

  • on March 7, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    i dont know why people say that misbah is not a match winner, in successful chases his average in 80+, moreover he has the best cricketing mind in the team....its true that he was unable to win sometimes but he won it for us a lot of times, but no one remembers it because he did it without any drama....those who say misbah is not a match winner have selective memory

  • on March 7, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    Tell me which specialized batsman has been consistent throughout his career weather its the great legend Sachin Tendulkar who is well know as the master blaster..... Afridi is not a specialized batsman rather he is an all rounder yet he proves very often that he is a game changer ...... have some sportsman spirit and appreciate a good cricket ..... long live afridi ..... long live boom boommm

  • AP_88 on March 7, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Afridi is a match winner - he is not as consistent as we would like (esp in batting) but the bottom line is if you have to beat Pakistan you have to minimise his impact. If he has a good day, Pakistan wins! Simple as that!

  • pak_rokkss on March 7, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    From Day 1 Afridi is an impact player and he makes pakistan win matches by destroying the other teams. He was the best player in 2007 WCT20 and 2009 WCT20, pakistan reached semi final of 2011 WC in his leadership. He has scored 7619 runs and have taken 378 wickets, soon he will surprass wicket totals of lee, Mcgrath and Vaas which will be a great achievement by any means. He has played for pakistan on every position. We hope to have him as long as possible that will be great for paksitan and whole cricket world as well.

  • sangaTHEgreat on March 7, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    as a bowling all rounder avg 23 is more than enough i think. and the better part is his massive strike rate. he was true champion cricketer for pak with both bat and bowl. some people said that gayle is batter than afridi. yes its true when it comes to ipl. b'coz gayle is just a ipl player. he dosent perform when he plays for country where afridi always give 100% for his country. not for some franchise. so imo afridi>>>gayle.

  • on March 7, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Lankans....be Afraidi, be very very Afraidi.....

  • on March 7, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    Can Afridi repeat it against Sri Lanka tomorrow? Essentially he got off to that start because Mushifir kept feeding him with spin. That allowed him to milk the bowling. Can he do it again this time against Malinga & co? Time will tell

  • on March 7, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    ok lets assume he is not playing.. is there anyone else who could have done it for Pak?? now since he has done it which no one else could do we are discussing his avg,track records etc rather than accepting him as a match turner.. he is different at lower order batting than other players.. Respect the special abilities than counting the negatives.. good luck Pak and Boom Boom..

  • xylofon on March 7, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    If Afridi is good in the final on Saturday and good in one game against India nothing will be forgiven about his inconsistency BUT I am tempted to say that I will forgive him for everything just to prove that he can never be good three games in a row and then one spectacular against India coming up shortly.

    His batting is not bad - its a comedy.

    However, he played well in the 2009 T20 world cup final and has given us many moments of "poetic cricket justice" since then.

    I guess he is one of those guys people will talk about forever if he is or isnt worthy.

    My ultimate cricket ODI eleven and some people on the bench:

    Babar Azam (captain), Sami Aslam, Nasir Jamshed, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Ehsan Adil, Mohd Talha, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan.

    Bench: Afridi, Umar Akmal (swap with Fawad somtimes at nr 4), Misbah (as nr 3, decent batsman if played early), Mohd Amir (swap with gul, permanently eventually), M Irfan, (Hafeez? Maybe K Akmal for batting)

  • on March 7, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    indians have nothing left to speak. admit it he is a world class best player or stay calm.

  • drnaveed on March 7, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    @ ;siddhartha87 and sidgupta. well , your world class allrounder jadeja, who comes in at no. 7 position, has so far played 101 ODI matches ,out of 68 innings , he batted , he remained not out on 22 occasions ,thus his average is 33.50 r/i .whereas ,afridi played 377 ODI ( on almost all positions),out of 349 innings he batted , he remained not out on 24 times, hence his average is 23.44 r/i. had jadeja been out on all 68 occasions he batted , his average would have been 22.66 r/i, whereas , had Afridi been out on all 349 innings he batted , his average would have been 21.83. so their is not much difference b/w the 2. you 2 are not following our cricket regularly it appears , as he has won many matches for our Country in the last few years , and not just those 2 matchesas you mentioned.

  • drnaveed on March 7, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    @ ;siddhartha87 and sidgupta. well , your world class allrounder jadeja, who comes in at no. 7 position, has so far played 101 ODI matches ,out of 68 innings , he batted , he remained not out on 22 occasions ,thus his average is 33.50 r/i .whereas ,afridi played 377 ODI ( on almost all positions),out of 349 innings he batted , he remained not out on 24 times, hence his average is 23.44 r/i. had jadeja been out on all 68 occasions he batted , his average would have been 22.66 r/i, whereas , had Afridi been out on all 349 innings he batted , his average would have been 21.83. so their is not much difference b/w the 2. you 2 are not following our cricket regularly it appears , as he has won many matches for our Country in the last few years , and not just those 2 matchesas you mentioned.

  • on March 7, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    don't you know the reson to like Boom Booom? ha ha.. didn't u watch his last two games?(include india). he has lot of records then Indian cricketers. he can change results at any time by his POWER. thats y we all likes BOOM BOOOOOM.

  • on March 7, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Commentators and most people on tv and even on comments are getting dumber day by day or is just me who is paranoid, STRIKE RATE DOESNT MEAN SQUAT if you have an average in 20s,i can score a boundary and then get out for 20 matches which will give me strike rate of 200. Ya he played good in the last two matches, but the question is how long before he returns to his normal routine? do not hype him, ya he played good we can and should appreciate that, but dont let these performances fool you because if he cant remain consistent then he has no place in Pakistan team and not just him it applies to other batsmen too. Critical problem with Pakistan batting is that no one is consistent, they play couple of good matches and become hero for next 5 years. Match against Srilanka was cuz of Afridi non sensible batting, Umar akmal and Misbah was to blame too because they both got out playing stupid shoots and there was no need of that. Even if you score a century match is not over.

  • on March 7, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    Please afridi be careful in final on Saturday .and bring the cup in pakistan

  • stormy16 on March 7, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Typical Afridi and for those of you who still miss what's special about a gu who averages what ever etc is the X-factor! He brings something few others have which is why he is so special. In short all opponents team meetings against Pakistan will feature alot of time at ensuring to minimize Afridi's impact with the ball and bat as he can win Pakistan a game with both. Sure he may not be as consistent as some wish but the reality you havent beaten Pakistan unless you get his wicket and you cannot beat Pakistan unless you play him well. Unfortunatley (fortunately for the rest of us) he hits the self destruct button too oftern and too quickly but if and when he doesnt, he is a game changing player which is why he is so special.

  • siddhartha87 on March 7, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    plays 2 good innings after years and look at his over confidence. No wonder he average only 23 after playing 17 years of cricket.

  • sidgupta on March 7, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    I am not sure why people like Afridi so much. He wins two matches on the back of his batting in 4 years, his bowling is decent but nothing to write home about (his faster bowl is a chuck, we all know it), has no respect for the staff or the system, fights with pretty much everyone in the team and he has been caught cheating more than once (biting the ball, digging his heels into the pitch). I think Afridi is a perfect example of the type of cricketer or human being young Pakistani players should never try to become.

  • Sharat Ojha on March 7, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    He is a good cricketer and always played the gamewith right spirit. From this interview it also looks like despite being a good cricketer, he is a good human being as well... :)

  • getsetgopk on March 7, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    I'd say, coaches around the world should be kept away from Afridi, if they started teaching Afridi then its going to be a problem. No one can play like an Afridi and if they try to mimick him, they might end up losing whatever else they could have had. Afridi is a legend already and I can sense him ending his career on such a high on par with the greatest of Pakistan cricket. A teenage star in the 90's, won a WT20 in 2000's and still spreading mayhem after 35 years of age.

  • on March 7, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    @Parth Choksi: You are looking at the batting average of a bowler which is fundamentally so flawed approach that talking about cricketing world doesn't match your caliber and understanding of the game. I would be living in fools paradise to think Afridi is a batsman but yet he manages to trash bowling some times. That must indicate something, extremely poor bowling and lack of common sense. Afridi can only hit if the ball is in his zone just like most bowlers and yet some bowlers keep giving him deliveries that he can easily get under and slog them out of the park. As an allrounder he brings a lot of value to the team and only bats at no 7 which sounds reasonable to me.

  • CherryWood_Champion on March 7, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    "I am better off coaching myself" -- This statement to me has a tone that is on a thin borderline between confidence and over-confidence. Sincerely hope this is not overconfidence. Otherwise it would be a dent to their world cup preparations. Nevertheless, two great innings from Boom Boom Afridi. Finally has come off age.

  • on March 7, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    quite strange to see when someone says he is not good against the fast bowling. i would question them there are some many top class cricketer who struggle dramatically against the spinners. remember the penalization/defeat of 3-0 in the UAE series PAk vs ENG. so this is not something from you should judge any players ability and class. Afridi is a class apart & has won Pakistan many matches with his great bowling & batting skills. he is star of world cricket who has achieved a lot but i still feel who would hv done much better with the bat. don't just his batting average must always keep in mind his bowling in mind as well. He will be in the list of top 10 ODI bowlers & in the list of 5 top class Pakistani batsmen. plz let me know what else you want from a cricketer?? for me a player who plays more than 300 international matches is a super star coz an ordinary player doesn't lost too long n disappear after 30 to 50 games.

  • on March 7, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    Thats why he has such a big failure ratio because he is not ready to listen any coach

  • raj040686 on March 7, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Many Indians carefully take out instances from Afridi's career and try to prove he is not such a great player as he is made out to be. Similarly, many Pakistani fans over rate him and believe he is in the same league as that of Kallis, Dev or Imran Khan. Both of them are biased. The truth is somewhere in between. Afridi may or may not be a test quality player. He must have played more test cricket for people to judge him. However, in LOIs, he is a good bowler and a good enough pinch hitter down the order. So there will be times when he will look stupid and under achieving and there will be other times he will be a hero for his country. Therefore, he is not very consistent with the bat or ball which is evident from his batting and bowling averages.

  • Aijaz_a on March 7, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    With strike rate Finch 171, Yuvraj 153, Watson 150, Sehwag 145 and Gayle 142 they are all pure batsman. Afridi is Allrounder and his bowling record much better than others...

  • on March 7, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    I always recommend for captain to Afridi..because he is good planner ..cool minded person. ....also he is good allrounder ...every budy saw in last worldcup Afridi is top 1 in Bowling..... also he make a good team in last worldcup i really apprised .....alsi kik out tok tok Misbah...because this is main personality for losses the worldcup. ....

  • niruthegreat on March 7, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    may be he was essentially his own coach but to face malinga he hav to hire a coach

  • on March 7, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    He's the most dangerous all rounder in cricket.he listens to hisself only he's the one n only booooomboooom. Love u always

  • MTK01 on March 7, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    @Parth Choksi And truly it is a big shame for World Cup winners having lost a match to a nothing player, he only averages 23 & yet scored most of his centuries against India & that is shameful. if Afridi can bash them that badly how would have a street player treated them, sounds alarming.

  • casimpk on March 7, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    Many people are missing one crucial point, he's NOT a batsman! He's an all-rounder, that too a bowling all-rounder! Sometimes he bowls well & sometimes he bats well, win win for Pakistan! He has also captained his side to wc semifinals! And next time do look at him how he encourages all the players on the field. He's an asset to Pakistani team, although I've always wanted him to bat with sense cuz he's got so much potential! Plz look at all the qualities he posses, not just the batting average.

  • on March 7, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    you r always the best player in all formats of game gudluck for the asiacup final. Jaan

  • MTK01 on March 7, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    @Parth Choksi hahahaaaa...exactly he would have been warming the benches at least if he was to play for india, because whatever he has done to you guys cannot be forgotton. He didn't deserves to play for india as he has one of his fastest century against you guys & even you can do that too.

  • Ray24 on March 7, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    For someone who is nearing 400 ODI wickets, 23 is a very good average. In fact he has the highest average amongst the top 10 wicket takers. Some people have pointed out very correctly that his role is down the order where he can have an impact on the game. The unfortunate part is Pak do not have a genuine number 7 so he plays in that slot - here you expect more stability and good clean hitting. While at number 8, anyone would take his credentials. Since he has batted up the order so often in the past, the perception is that he is a batsman.

  • romirom on March 7, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    one of the greats imran khan said in afridi earlier age, that afridi perform once in 11 matches and pak win that match. He sud be in the team because there are another 10 player to perform in remaining 10 matches. He is still a match winner. I thing he need to understand that he is in the team due to his bowling so keep practicing ur bowling and should bat only after 40 overs in odi. Captain should keep him for last 10 overs.

  • on March 7, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    @Zubair khan so you are saying Gayle is not better than Afridi. Have you lost your mind dude? Gayle averages 37 with the bat and afridi 23. gayle has more 50's and 100's than afridi. Nobody has lost oakistan more matches than afridi throughout his career. If afridi were to play for Australia, India or SA. He would have been warming the benches for most part of his life. Can't believe he has played 300+ matchea at an average of 23. That is so pathetic. Such a shame to the cricketing world.

  • Jas.Sohd on March 7, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Well for the genius who said that Afridi is a copy of Sehwag, let me remind you that Afridi scored the FASTEST century when Sehwag and Gayle were learning how to hold the bat properly. 0610400600661166264400661411041606024100. And this record stood tall for almost 18 years and it'll still take the bronze medal.

  • on March 7, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    To everyone who is saying that Afridi struggles against the pace bowlers, let me remind you guys that Afridi has always been comfortable against pace bowlers, its just that he is more comfortable with the spinners, as simple as that! He has had some good moments against Malinga, Brett Lee, Mcgrath, Sreenath, Agarkar, Balaji, Irfan Pathan, Mclaren, Pollock etc etc! I am not saying that he has blasted each of the above mentioned bowlers but he has always had some good moments batting against all of them. And to people who are comparing Gayle with Afridi, please guys, Afridi is a class apart, Afridi has so many match winning performances in international matches, whereas Gayle does have some but not too much and he has merely become an IPL performer, thats it and IPL is not international stuff, where you play against low quality bowlers (90%) of them!

  • Jas.Sohd on March 7, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    Someone mentioned earlier that Gayle is the most destructive batsman in T20I. As I have said before that you need to watch all the matches before comparing or labeling players. Finch has a strike rate of almost 171, Yuvraj 153, Watson 150, Sehwag 145, Afridi 143 and Gayle 142. Only difference is that Afridi has played almost double the matches than others. For most batsman as they get older their strike rates go down. I remember Afridi being at 160+ at a time in T20I. But his ODI strike rate after 377 matches is still increasing.

  • on March 7, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    When it comes to consistency, here's how it goes. Afridi, with the bat , is easily amongst the most inconsistent ever. Afridi, with the ball, is amongst the consistent bowlers out there. In the past 18 years, rarely was there a rough patch for him that last over 10 games. And consistent is the right word , coz he's always just about good, rarely brilliant and rarely bad either.

    Also, I've noticed that his whole persona changes when he bats compared to his bowling. With the bat, he is for the most part just a slogger who uses full force in his swings. Rarely does he take into account the match situation. But when he's bowling, he's an entirely different species. He's not a big turner of the ball, but he's extremely smart and plays tricks with the batsman all along...mixing and juggling with a wide variety of different bowls which are otherwise nothing spectacular on themselves, but when they're hurled all in the same over they become a potent arsenal.

  • on March 7, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    Lol that'a exactly why he averages 23. They could have gotten a bottom handed slogger off the streets if they needed one. Even i am good at slogging if that's what it takes to get into pakistan cricket team.

  • on March 7, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    this is something i didnt want happening Afridi getting cocky his two match winning innings against India and Bangladesh was mainly luck and a trashy bowling attack.I do hope he plays like he is now and bowls well after that Afghanistan match i wanted him dropped from the team,but anyways lets see whats in store for the finals and the t20 cup actions speak louder then words

  • salman7246 on March 7, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    Well the formula is simple for Pakistan to win World T20. Send Afridi up the order at number 3 or 4. If it pays off, Pakistan is gonna win the match. If it doesn't, u would still have likes of Sohaib, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal or Shoaib Malik to follow. Afridi plays better when there is no pressure on him. Remember T20 Worldcup of 2009, Afridi insisted Younis to go up the order in Semi and Final and Pakistan won the Worldcup convincingly. So Afridi is the key. Whoever the bowler is. All of us have seen him thrash Vaas, Muralitharan, Mcgrath, Shakib and many more which no other has done.

  • aa61761 on March 7, 2014, 3:18 GMT

    Well said Afridi. Take a look at your batting average. You don't deserve the place in the team. Only Pakistan carries players of such poor class. Slog hitting can only go on for few times. Better bowlers like Stern, Harris and others will take his wicket cheaply as in past McGraw, Bret Lee, Shaun Pollock and others have shown.

  • CrapySaysThat on March 7, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    Biggest mistake we made when try to find an answer to a wrong question... "there is a big difference between Saving a Match and Winning a Match". So many times we want him to play the role of a defensive opener and Tik Tik for the whole day to save a match which he is not made for. He is ideal to win a match that you wish to win in four or five last overs and need someone to hit 5/6 sixes and 3/4 fours. It is obvious to the fact that the block holds the record for highest no of sixes never batted more than 19 overs in his life. Why to put extra pressure on a batsman made to win to change his style and adobe Misbah's way. Why on the earth first 5 batters can not play wisely and save their wickets and take the match to a state where his madness bear fruits or lese 5 for 50 and then ask him to play rest of the 30 overs. He is one of a kind jewel and Pakistani Cricket is so fortunate to have a diamond like him in their crown. As an Aussie I only watch him to enjoy!!!

  • 12TH_MAN_JIBE on March 7, 2014, 2:38 GMT

    One might love him or hate him but cannot ignore him. I think he is being honest by saying in a way that it is hard to teach old dog new tricks and just let him be himself.

  • MrKessel on March 7, 2014, 1:09 GMT

    A lot of people keep comparing him to other hitters and that they are more consistent which is laughable of itself and some people said in ICC world events Afridi amounts to nothing or along those lines. Since everybody is so keen to compare please answer me this. Out of all the hitters that people keep talking about how many of them were man of the match in an ICC world event Final. Let that sink in...

  • MrKessel on March 7, 2014, 0:56 GMT

    @Immi2711 You were either too young or have a memory problem because over Afridi's 18 year career I have never heard a commentator or another cricketer utter those words. In today's age all you need to do is type Afridi & Sixes on YouTube or Google it and you will get countless examples of him hitting balls out of the stadium. Afridi holds the world record for hitting ODI sixes and out of top 5 list, three have retired and the only active player is 130+ sixes behind.

  • on March 7, 2014, 0:29 GMT

    i love u lala

  • on March 7, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    for those who say afridi has not performed outside. in recent past he made half century against south africa in south africa with mighty hits. crowd had enjoyed that match

  • on March 6, 2014, 23:30 GMT

    "Pakistan have never beaten India in an ICC world event" We have beaten India in ICC Champions trophy in the 2004 and 2009 editions!

  • santhoo24 on March 6, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    There were times when, as a neutral fan (not exactly, I am Indian), I used to admire Afridi for his batting. But more often than not I used to scratch my head when Afridi got out cheaply even though his team needed him desperately (I used to be happy in st the same time though). He is mostly consistent with the ball which is an admirable quality and generally the strength of Pakistani team. I admired his captaincy in the 2011 WC, he was fearless, and I felt he knew what he was doing for most part, and marched his troops to the semis. I rate him the best captain, only next to the mighty Imran Khan.

    On a side note, I hated him when he single-handedly took the game away from us Indians in the Asia cup, but no more hard feelings for this enigma of a player.

  • on March 6, 2014, 23:18 GMT

    @Rahul_78 even mercurial batting line up recently chased down fastest test run chase in the history of test cricket against SL and now 326 against Bangladesh. We'd have won easily against India if Misbah hasn't got run out, well twice.

    Pakistan always performed well in big occasions so don't label Pakistan batting mercurial. We ll do well in t-20 world cup and to rub the salt on your wounds we again going to win Asia Cup Inshah Allah!

  • CCricFFan on March 6, 2014, 23:02 GMT

    i'm pakistani and i feel ashamed that how can one with 350+ ODIs doesn't the rules of the game ...how more ignorant one can be ... that tells me all he never listened to any coach .... didnt learn anything in his entire career !!!!

  • CCricFFan on March 6, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    That tells us all why he has never learned anything even he didn't even know the rules "that you can not have a runner anymore" and what .. he has played 350+ ODIs lmfaooooooooooo

  • on March 6, 2014, 22:41 GMT

    What a time for Shahid Afridi to get his form back with the bat. When he smashed Bangladesh out of the tournament and when he silenced kohli's ego with two huge sixes it's not as if he was just swinging the bat at everything like he used to, they were clean genuine strikes which flew miles for six. Especially his innings against Bangladesh which booked Pakistan a place in the final he was timing the ball to perfection and was smashing sixes right from the first ball. His power is immense and every time he goes for a big one he always strikes it cleanly and even if it's a top edge or if he's missed timed it with Afridi's power it can still go for six. Well Done BOOM BOOM you've made Pakistan proud hope you perform in the final in-shaa-Allah and may Allah reward Pakistan with victory Ameen.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on March 6, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    His innings along with Ahmad Shahzad was top class.. Hafeez and fawad did great support work. Ahmad Shahzad is becoming my favroutes batsman.

  • IAS2009 on March 6, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    Afridi was never used fully by most captains, in last few years his batting was never used, his bowling was good enough to win many ODI, his MOM awards are no flukes, it is up to team management how to use him, i always thought he could be pinch hitter at top of the order like Warner, he was an opener and like Sehwag when he get out everyone blame him for playing bad shot, but people have to realize no one can hit 50 or hundred in every inning, but the batting style will run havoc on fielding side plans, maybe they need to change bowlers and it creates the mess in the plan of attack, Afridi has talent, don't judge him with his batting only, bowling, batting and fielding all top class at this level. if he fires in batting Pakistan could win T20. I think Moin has brought positive batting attitude, like he used to bat, i like to see Fawad alam and Sohaib in team, they have cool heads on their shoulders, rotate strikes.

  • Coolcapricorn on March 6, 2014, 22:11 GMT

    The IPL would be far better than having wonderful entertainers & talented players like Afridi playing in it - say this as an Indian fan. Simply ridiculous that Pakistani players are still being kept out as cricket is the only thing that brings real friendship between the two countries.

  • haq33 on March 6, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    Look, his results are variable. The media should get off his back as the next 3 games may well be flops. Stop putting pressure on him. Although it is no different to any other period in his flashy career I suppose. Here is the thing about Afridi: he truly believes he can win any game from any situation he walks into with ball or bat in hand, and he genuinely wants to do that. NOBODY else is like this man. He believes his own propaganda. He is like the matchwinning hero we all used to dream of being as kids. He actually still believes in that stuff, and that drives him on, sometimes to flop but look, many times he actually pulls it off. It is so inspiring, because it is so childishly simplistic. I love this guy and will miss him when he calls it a day, as there will be no other like him. He makes us all believe along with him, like we were all 10 years old again, if only for a moment.

  • on March 6, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    gayle and afridi are on same boats

  • IAS2009 on March 6, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    PCB was so wrong to keep Fawad Alam from team fro so long, this team need a finisher who can play run a ball in middle overs without risk, FA just did that he compensated from slow batting from Shehzad and keep the run rate in control, Pakistan should not make this habit of AFridi bailing them out, those kind of innings comes once in a while, Sohaib Maqsood and FA are key to Pkaistan chases as long the strike is rotated, both tese players have calmness about their batting, Sharjeel clean hitting and Shehzad sensible batting all falling into to place now, we have to give these player long run. build their confidence.

  • on March 6, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    Why not open the innings with Afridi & Umar Akmal??

  • kc69 on March 6, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    Afridi is indeed a great entertainer and powerful cricketer.But if you notice his success hugely comes againsy slower bowlers,I would like to see how he does against quicks bowling over 140-145 with short pitch deliveries.

  • bouncer709 on March 6, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    @Rahul_78: you forgot his 45 ball century against india? see what he did with your fast bowlers. and also see his another inning when Ijaz and he chase down 217 against India in 27 overs. if still doubt see his last year inning against SA 76 on 48 balls. and wc 2009 semifinal and final innings , these were not only against spinners. Afridi being strong against spinners doen't mean he is weak against fast bowlers. @ dabbadubba: Misbah almost lost a match against WI in last over, but afridi won it, then he won another match against WI with 76 runs and 7 wktc for 12 runs when all other players had let pakistan down. even against BD Misbah had done what is always expected from him in crunch situation, but once again Afridi won it. Here against srilanka when Afridi got out, Misbah was still there on crease but what he did.. u know better.

  • tauqir_1947 on March 6, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    lala you r real hero :) 1000 likes for you (Y)

  • on March 6, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    Pakistan beat India in ICC World Champions Trophy 2004. They were in the finals with West Indies. Cricinfo, please get your record straight and publish this. Thanks

  • shahbazhussain on March 6, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    omg, people are talking abotu consistency? look at the stats he got 32 Man of the Match awards... he is joint 3rd with other 3 fellows... the record tells who is consistent and who is not! Yuvi, Veeru were consistent but they faded so quickly then Afridi. What I believe is that, Afridi will retire after playing 400 ODIs. And thats what I am waiting for. When Afrid performs or not. the cricket fans love to watch him bowling and batting. He is real entertainer. He is the man!

  • on March 6, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    Thats true what he said i am on my basketball team and out of all the games i played the one against the school beside us was the one I enjoyed most.

  • on March 6, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    For dabbadubba .I think he is form .because He connected almost every boll which one he went for. He watching the cricket boll like a football .Oh Man T-20 world cup is on the head What a time to came in form .

  • on March 6, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    ESPNCricinfo u've made a mistake......Pakistan has actually won a game against india in an ICC event...and that was in the ICC Champions trophy 2009... seondly, it's unfair to say that pak qualified for final of asia cup only because of afridi.....actually, it was all a result of good team effort ....hafeez, ahmad shahzad, ajmal, gul and the rest played their vital roles along with the others!!

  • on March 6, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    Hi there every one. This is my first comment on this website although I visit this site for every match stat, score and record. There is only one thing I want to say and that is Either you hate him or love him, compare him with some one or not, criticize him or praise him, He's going to be on first or second place in most pages of the cricket record book for ages. so just enjoy the game. you peoples are not able to understand what shahid khan afridi is and what he is capable of.

  • khs_shk2000 on March 6, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    @dabbadubba.... Misbah is builder and Afridi is snatcher and finisher. Dont compare them. Misbah is sensable inning building player his rule is different and he cant be a Afridi. Do you remember First T20 world cup Misbah threw away the finals against India coz he cant take the pressure, suppose if Afridi was in his place the scenario will be different. Now in current Asia cup what he did in last ball of 49th over and in 50th over 3 runs required in 3 balls nobody will slog that time but he did. Some time in some places this type of craziness required.

  • on March 6, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    Afridi we will miss you when you are not in world cricket. please don't compare players with each other every player have his own ability Yuvraj can't be afridi and afridi can't be yuvraj we should just talk about the sport.

    These players are giving us something to cheer about the rest world is just boring...

  • on March 6, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    i think both set of comments here are on extreme opposite. Fans are going too much in favoritism and based their comments on basis on their liking and in between performance they liked. and also the people who are negating his ability are going on extreme by just simply ignoring everything. he is inconsistent. no doubt. but when he does play well , we should praise him. simple.

    Kind of funny reading both sides. 1 thing we should understand. and that is when some one does well, everybody praise the effort. and the time when one is not doing good , he will be criticized. thats how it is. and its part of being a star. and even in normal life. even greats of game were criticized when they were not performing and he will be as well. Should always respect every player from any country.

  • khs_shk2000 on March 6, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    Who is Gayle and what he did for his teams ( whether WI or RCB) . He got any cup for his teams and where he is now ? Why he is not in WI team.

  • Rahul_78 on March 6, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    Apart from India and Bangladesh each other teams have at least 1 top class fast bowlers. Teams will be keeping their overs in reserve against Afridi in World T20. No one in their right frame will bowl the spinners against him. That ll be his real taste. Pakistans batting remains merculiar. They ll be chasing some stiff targets against some good teams and that is when Afridi ll have to rise to the challenge. Consistency is not something that has been associated with him, bigger tastes awaits him as warning signals have been sent across the world by himself. fun begins soon!

  • dabbadubba on March 6, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    just couple of months ago, afridis loose batting lost several key matches against south africa and these 2 matches are just flukes.. for consistency there is no one better than misbah.. we should recognize our heros correctly.. afridi is just a poor copy of sehwag.. lets not even compare him with gayle.

  • SaraJahanSeAchha on March 6, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    I love this guy Afridi don't get me wrong, I myself am a huge fan of Afridi. To perform big at his fade end of his career at age 34 is no joke. If can perform at this age.. he could have been far more effective in his 20s.

  • on March 6, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    Yuvraj and Sehwag ... consistent.... SURE, they are consistently out....ummm, which country are they playing for ....CONSISTENT, SURE !!!!

  • khs_shk2000 on March 6, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    Dont compare Afridi with anybody, he is unique and he is only one. Check out his popularity in any part of the cricket playing country, he is mass puller. People criticizes him but they want to watcg him. He is nightmare for the opponents, everybody knows he can be out anytime but they are scared of him. He can bat at any number, do you forgot his 45 ball century as operner in India? Stop criticizing hiim, why they are not criticizing other pakistani players, coz he is snatcher he is stunner,he take outs the matches from their hand, he did the same again in one tournament he kicked out India twise got it.

  • on March 6, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    I noticed afridi performs on impossible situation. in both matches Pakistan was in losing position. this shows he was free mind to hit and whole world saw what he did main thing was he wasn't feeling pressure. in tricky situation he feels pressure and gives his wicket cheaply. and before Pakistan used him from number 1 to number 6 position. now this batting number suits him bcz he get few balls to hit and make big score. people are talking about his cricketing ability I don't wanna say much .just one word. no one can stay in international cricket more then 17 years. if he wasn't good enough he would have been gone.

  • t20cric on March 6, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    @SaraJahanSeAchha: Afridi may not be consistent with the bat but he is usually a force with the ball. He often takes about 2-3 wickets every match (but like everyone there are matches when he doesn't take wickets) & sometimes he takes 5+ wickets (7 wickets against WI). And for the people you are calling consistent only Gilchrist, Kallis & Akram are consistent from that list. Btw consistency =/= match winner cuz one of the most consistent people playing today is Misbah (although not performing well in Asia Cup) & he rarely wins matches for Pakistan. For players like Afridi you have to look past the numbers cuz you never know which Afridi will play just like you never know which Pakistan will arrive on the given day.

  • BigINDFan on March 6, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    Afridi was always an interesting player - he did it all including being the captain but still there are questions about consistency. I would say his talent has been wasted at times by lack of guidance from Pak management. This may prompt him to say he is his own coach. He can bat and bowl anywhere in the world and will easily be a strike player in any team, so Pak is lucky to have him. He needs a definite role in the team - is it an allrounder who is the best finisher?

    @Elgin Cricketer - No he will struggle as an opener. He is probably a better finisher than top of the order.

    He can be the difference between SL and Pak in the final. If it goes to the final over then Matthews should give Malinga the over since Afridi can struggle against quality pace bowling but he is too strong against spin as Kohli and subsequently Mushfiqur found out the hard way.

  • SaraJahanSeAchha on March 6, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    @heartbreakerz, When they were in team and in prime form...whole world knows how threatening Yuvraj, Sehwag were.. There is no recall of when Afridi was ever in Prime or peak form. Did you forget the 6 6's of same over of Board against England in SA. Looks like no Indian is consistent in your list. Don't get me wrong, Afridi was awesome in sporadic brilliance's. How many times has he been IN and OUT of Pak team.

  • SaraJahanSeAchha on March 6, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Afridi contribution is rare, and when he does it's big. When does he or had he hit consistently centuries in or 70 or 80s ODis like Yuvraj, Dhoni, Gayle or Sehwag... It's reality.. read other comments from Pakistans own commentrators too they have said Afridi has been due since 16 years..

  • heartbreakerz on March 6, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    SaraJahanSeAchha.....gayle, sehwag n yuvraj consistent...??? when did that happen

  • heartbreakerz on March 6, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    some people are comparing afridi with gayle n sehwag but they forgot Afridi is a very good bowler n a better fielder than both sehwag n gayle....sehwag n gayle might be better batsmen but they are just as inconsistent as Afridi n they dont really contribute much in bowling n fielding so Afridi is more useful to his team(he can win games by both bat n ball)...

    Some are saying that Afridi cant play fast bowlers outsise subcontinent.....they need to remember 2009 t20 WC in Eng, even last year he scored 88(in 40 odd deliveries) in Joburg against Steyn n co....so when its Afridi's day it doesn't matter who the bowler is and when it isn't his day he can be out to fulltosses

  • faizh on March 6, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    @ SaraJahanSeAchha: So you really think Sehwag, Yuraj and Gayle are consistent?

  • on March 6, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Afridi is NightMare for all fast bowlers and spinners on his Day those who are not praising him its lack of knowledge Look at the history he Hit every good bowler in the world example Mgrath,Harbajhan singh,Irfan Pattan,Murali,Brett lee and many more Thats y he is sitting on 333 sixes on his record no one can reach him He is one of the best allrounder in all time history of cricket...Afridi is a true Legend

  • Retour on March 6, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Undoubtedly, Afridi is in stunning batting form atm .... Coach Afridi sounds like an oxymoron but who knows once he retires, Pak might appoint him as the team coach

  • SaraJahanSeAchha on March 6, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Happy for Pak and SL in final, both deserved the place. What's amusing is the glorification of Afridi who is talented but performs once in a blue moon. He could have been a far better player if he was a thinking cricketer. One such performance and fans are literally crying. This is neither a world cup nor a world event. A match winner is one who is consistent like Gayle, Gilchrist, Kallis, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Akram.

  • golgo_85 on March 6, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    @ mzm149, I have no idea what you are on about here. Afridi has done it on wickets all over the world, conditions of the pitches had never applied to his batting prowess. Just check out his stats and you will see eveidence of quickfire scores on pitches from Dambulla to Johannesburg, from Durban to Dunedin, from Christschurch to Hobart, from Sydney to Providence ... ... yes, he can be totally out of form with the bat on a day but then again he does make it up with his bowling usually on the same day, this has always been the case in his 18 years long career. He doesn't need to listen to anyone's criticism anymore, has achieved far too much by now for that.

  • on March 6, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    Afridi should be sent to open the innings.

  • on March 6, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    Well reading all the comment I would say Afridi is an all rounder and he is in the team for almost 17 of his 18 years career, Coz he bats or bowls well. If he isn't in batting form, he'll be at the top in bowling and if he don't bowl good, he'll bat to stay in action and remember he is a good fielder too. So selectors cant ignore him at all. He seems to be in top 10 all rounders here and there every year. So not a blind praise its quality of this man called Afridi. Look at the records and number of "man of the matches" he has in his pocket. It'll tell u the whole story. He has most number of records than any other.... Best of luck "Lala".

  • Hate.ME on March 6, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Afridi is a nightmare for spinners especially off-spinners but when it comes to facing fast bowling he looks like a mediocre batsman who looks really uncomfortable.

    Against BD and Ind bowlers, no one could stop him but against quality bowlers he won't stand too long. U'll see tht in final, how Malinga troubles him.

    On Green tracks, he will struggle for sure as he generally does. But since T20 WC is on slow flat tracks of BD,so he stil remains a dangerous batsmen but mark my words teams like Aus, SA and even Eng and NZ with their fast bowlers won't let him score.

  • on March 6, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    legends doesn't need any type of coaching....

  • mzm149 on March 6, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    He can score runs in small grounds on flat pitches against weak bowling attacks. His real test will be on tracks outside subcontinent against good pace bowlers. He will not save us there.

  • on March 6, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    Afridi is most destructive against spin. He has murdered many in past and that's what he has done in Asia Cup... He is not that great at this age against fast bowlers specially on green wickets. Gayle and Warner are good against fast bowling but struggle against spin. Since the WC T20 is in BD, Afridi has an advantage over them. I bet many team will be playing more fast bowler against Afridi. And Pakistan will be playing extra spinner against AUS/WI ;-) - Remember last WC T2, Pakistan spinners bowled first 17 overs Gul was introduced in 18th over, Pakistan won by 30 runs while scoring only 145 or so... When pressure is on Spinners are generally afraid of Afridi more than anybody else, just ask anybody!!

  • sundersingh on March 6, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    ok ok ok.... dear pak fans afridi is better than all the big hitters. but dont let this praising go when he is in bad form...

  • AbdulRauf-99 on March 6, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    After watching all these comments from a non Pakistani ( Jas.Sohd, shakeena ) makes me feel proud of being a Pakistani and an Afridi fan :)

  • EdwinD on March 6, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    A travesty that Afridi (and other Pakistani players) cannot play in the IPL - the tournament would certainly be a lot better for it. NB - I'm English.

  • on March 6, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    there is not a more destructive player in t20 cricket than gayle.I am seeing too much bias comments about players.

  • on March 6, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    arent Champions trophy considered ICC events?

  • shakeena on March 6, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    I'm from Sri lanka and when I was 10 years old I started loving cricket and when we won 1996 cricket world cup I watched it curled in my moms lap and even though I hadn't had much idea of the difference between a six and a four , I enjoyed it.. But since my childhood I loved Shahid Afridi.. I can remember I loved him more than my father.. My family, friends blamed me for loving a Pakistani cricket player instead of a Sri Lankan :) But I worshiped him.. Now im 25 years old and watching him killing the opposition as he frequently did with Shahid anwar so long ago took me back to my childhood when I cheered to all house block to hear after he hit a six :D

  • AltafPatel on March 6, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    ya there is no doubt about that. but he needs to be patient rather than trying to hit six in everyball which is certainly impossible task.

  • on March 6, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    lol gayle i no where near afridi and sewag has technique problems

  • on March 6, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Hello KingSalz. I would agree with you on Afridi concentrating on his bowling skills more than his batting skills. In batting, he is correctly put, a 20-25 ball player. Do not expect more. We must remember that even the Australians have depended on Short format batsmen like Warner and Watson in hard times, letting them continue their natural game.

  • on March 6, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    Afridi played well.but he have to be care full in final SIL vs PAK.he should not be over confident on him he is in good form.may Allah bless pakistan with a win in final :)

  • on March 6, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    @immi2771 I want to bring to your kind attention that Afridi's miss hits went for sixes, think what happens when he connects them. Gayle and Sehwag are openers and they bat very well but try and understand that Afridi was hitting sixes when Pakistan was under pressure.

  • Jas.Sohd on March 6, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Hey immi2711 the three you've mentioned are very inconsistent just like Afridi. They've failed more rather than delivering anything good when needed the most. And even if Afridi fails with bat he'll do anything to help his team win with his bowling and fielding and while guiding rest of the team. Where Gayle, Sehwag and Warner are only average or worthless. Warner is a great fielder and he can guide a youngster but he is not a leader. Just make sure you're watching all the cricket around the world before you start comparing players. And I mean complete matches, cause that's how you find out what a player is truly worth to it's team. Oh and the last thing when others mishit they get out when Afridi mishits he's more likely to clear the rope than anyone else. By the way am an Indian born English supporter who watches and loves test cricket along with any other cricket.

  • on March 6, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    As the saying goes 'Cometh the hour, cometh the man'.

  • dabbadubba on March 6, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    afridi is too inconsistent.. it really speaks volume of our upcoming players that we dont have anyone to replace this totally inconsistent player for such a long time

  • on March 6, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    @immi2711 yes u are ryt those three when hit and connect goes out of boundary but my dear look at those shots of Afridi which just cross the rope was miss hit i want to say afridi's miss hit also clear the rope :-) when he connect well look at those sixes 92 meters and 90 m in match against BD,and off cource how u can forget hit against MClaren in SA .?

  • on March 6, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    Afridi is like Phoenix bird. Rise to the occasion . Good for him.

  • Annihalator on March 6, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    There needs to be change made to the article. Pakistan has beaten India twice in the champions trophy in 2004 and 2009

  • KingSalz on March 6, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Afridi Bhai needs Sir Abdul Qadir as his bowling coach. I remember, when Sir Qadir was bowling coach of the national team, Afridi Bhai was at his best.

  • immi2711 on March 6, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Come on People...look, some of those shots barely made it past the boundary line. Yes, he did well, won Pak the match.. but he is not in the same league as big hitters like gayle or sehwag or warner... The three I mentioned, when they hit, it connects and goes the distance.

  • on March 6, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Every bowler has ups and downs in his career. If he is not able to perform good in a match or two, team management should not start criticizing him for doing with the bat! Lala is true legend for us :) He has made us win many matches whether its from his bowling side or batting :) We love u :)

  • on March 6, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    i think we should support him. specially the former cricketers who has been critic-sing afridi from a long time. when inzi was the captian of the team afridi performed well because he used to gave him full support and confidance and i think moin khan is the perfect man as we all know he is very near of afridi so i think afridi will continue to perform well beacuse now he has support

  • on March 6, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    I think he has always been kept under pressure by the so-called cricket pundits of our country. Always critizing him for not batting well but they should realize that afridi is now a dominant bowler than batter. If his bowling record, in both ODIs and T20s, for last five to seven years is compared to any top bowler's it will be up there. I think the management should realize that they should not expect him to score in each and every match. Yeah they should expect him to play his part as bowler in every game but batting should be considered an extra bonus. They should also realize that once afridi bats he WINS you the match more often than not.

  • imtiazjaleel on March 6, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Afridi is not bowling well, therefore he needs to perform with the bat now, otherwise there is every chance that he will be dropped.

  • on March 6, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    Love you lala :<3

  • on March 6, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    If Afridi going down the same way, in tge next match, as he use to. Dont be surprised.

    All these talks of form and stuff is baseless when it comes to Afridi. He can do and undone things in a matter of days. #Legend (sarcasm).

    As a Pakistani, I do love him, no doubt. But I am not completely brainless in that affair.

  • on March 6, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    it has been fun watching Afridisir.My dad always used to tell me this cricketer(Afridisir) is very dangerous if he is in form.I was shocked the way way He played against our indian team and against Bangladesh. you are in real sense Boom boom sir.

  • on March 6, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Moin Khan was instrumental in changing the defensive mind-set which existed with the previous management and telling the players to play their natural game without fear. You can see the change already. Shahid looks more confident and assured of himself as he single handily won the India game, which he did against the same team many times in the past. Good luck in the final Lala :)

  • GreenVenom on March 6, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    I think Moin Khan having played with Afridi understands him much better and has instilled an element of calmness in him. I hope he continues to make an impact, at least until the 2015 world cup. But, boy what innings against India & Bangladesh. Just goes to show what this man is capable of and how he could have had a better record bearing in mind his capabilities, talent and strength as well as his carelessness and lack of responsibility.

  • on March 6, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    we love you afridi.you are still fit and young and hungry to play good cricket.your fielding is very good,your running very good,your bowling is exceptional,and what can i say your batting is out of this world.keep playing till your heart is fulfilled.we love you our son

  • ShawnWoodsworth on March 6, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    Saw bit of hitting on sky highlights mate. Great stuff. Gayle, Sehwag, Afridi are all impact players. When they get going, nothing will stop them ay. Look forward to seeing you in Christchurch. cheers

  • on March 6, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    his form as well as hafez and ahmed's runs are really good for t20 as these will play an important role in wct20. Afridi is too late now to be coached so it will remain like this. however, his innings vs BD was remarkable in a way that it was a sensible innings and he connected those well. and i think it should be praised while it lasts. we dont need to look to much ahead. we all know that you never know with afridi.

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  • on March 6, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    his form as well as hafez and ahmed's runs are really good for t20 as these will play an important role in wct20. Afridi is too late now to be coached so it will remain like this. however, his innings vs BD was remarkable in a way that it was a sensible innings and he connected those well. and i think it should be praised while it lasts. we dont need to look to much ahead. we all know that you never know with afridi.

  • ShawnWoodsworth on March 6, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    Saw bit of hitting on sky highlights mate. Great stuff. Gayle, Sehwag, Afridi are all impact players. When they get going, nothing will stop them ay. Look forward to seeing you in Christchurch. cheers

  • on March 6, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    we love you afridi.you are still fit and young and hungry to play good cricket.your fielding is very good,your running very good,your bowling is exceptional,and what can i say your batting is out of this world.keep playing till your heart is fulfilled.we love you our son

  • GreenVenom on March 6, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    I think Moin Khan having played with Afridi understands him much better and has instilled an element of calmness in him. I hope he continues to make an impact, at least until the 2015 world cup. But, boy what innings against India & Bangladesh. Just goes to show what this man is capable of and how he could have had a better record bearing in mind his capabilities, talent and strength as well as his carelessness and lack of responsibility.

  • on March 6, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Moin Khan was instrumental in changing the defensive mind-set which existed with the previous management and telling the players to play their natural game without fear. You can see the change already. Shahid looks more confident and assured of himself as he single handily won the India game, which he did against the same team many times in the past. Good luck in the final Lala :)

  • on March 6, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    it has been fun watching Afridisir.My dad always used to tell me this cricketer(Afridisir) is very dangerous if he is in form.I was shocked the way way He played against our indian team and against Bangladesh. you are in real sense Boom boom sir.

  • on March 6, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    If Afridi going down the same way, in tge next match, as he use to. Dont be surprised.

    All these talks of form and stuff is baseless when it comes to Afridi. He can do and undone things in a matter of days. #Legend (sarcasm).

    As a Pakistani, I do love him, no doubt. But I am not completely brainless in that affair.

  • on March 6, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    Love you lala :<3

  • imtiazjaleel on March 6, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Afridi is not bowling well, therefore he needs to perform with the bat now, otherwise there is every chance that he will be dropped.

  • on March 6, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    I think he has always been kept under pressure by the so-called cricket pundits of our country. Always critizing him for not batting well but they should realize that afridi is now a dominant bowler than batter. If his bowling record, in both ODIs and T20s, for last five to seven years is compared to any top bowler's it will be up there. I think the management should realize that they should not expect him to score in each and every match. Yeah they should expect him to play his part as bowler in every game but batting should be considered an extra bonus. They should also realize that once afridi bats he WINS you the match more often than not.