Brydon Coverdale and Nagraj Gollapudi on Pakistan and Australia in England 2010 July 17, 2010

'I am what I am'

A great thinker once said “I am what I am”
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A great thinker once said “I am what I am”. It might have been Descartes. Or maybe Popeye the Sailor Man. It could just have easily been Shahid Afridi. One match into his Test comeback, he realised he didn’t have the temperament for five-day cricket and promptly quit.

You’ve got to hand it to Afridi, the man knows how to entertain, whether it’s sinking his teeth into a cricket ball, whacking Shaun Tait back over his head for six or hammering 14 from his first five balls in Test cricket in four years.

Even in his retirement announcement, Afridi didn’t tone things down. For most Australian players, farewelling Test cricket is an emotional experience that more often than not brings a tear to the player’s eye. Not Afridi.

Here was a man who was retiring after one comeback game, having slogged his fourth ball in the second innings straight to the man at deep midwicket. He was the captain, he had to set an example for his junior colleagues on putting a price on one’s wicket.

The media were entitled to ask him some tough questions at his post-match press conference. To Afridi’s credit, he didn’t offer any half-baked excuses, he simply stated what everyone watching the game had already realised: he wasn’t a Test player.

Afridi was asked when he decided to retire. “When I got out,” he replied. Laughter rippled throughout the room, where Afridi was being grilled by a group of about 20 journalists.

Another reporter asked if he simply couldn’t stop himself trying to hit six off every ball. Smiling, Afridi agreed: “Yes, you are right.”

It was the ultimate mea culpa from a Test captain. He might as well have shrugged and said, “Yeah, I’m outta control! Can’t do nothin’ about it.”

And when he was asked if he could make more money by just playing Twenty20 and 50-over cricket, he replied, dismissively: “I’ve got enough money.”

So there. It was a refreshingly candid and good-humoured press conference, given the circumstances. Even in retirement, Afridi continues to entertain. Thank goodness he’s still going to play Twenty20. There he can be more Popeye than Descartes.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Warney 11 on July 19, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    We all know how exciting player Afridi is..Surely he was the one who was cheered the most in the match..that is during his short innings of 31 of 15 balls..but did he help his teams cause in any way?? I doubt it..and the way he has deserted his team in the middle of the series is not wat pakistan team required..very dissappointing..and anyways, he wont be of much help in the one dayers as well..that time is going to come soon. Good luck to Afridi,may be he is just good enough for bowling his four overs in Twenty - twenty..

  • Syed Danish Saif on July 18, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    Hellow every1 and AssalamoAlaikum... Well, well, well... Once again the PATHAN waCkeD out of the Stadium.. his thinking is pretty straight. when there is ball to be hit for a six no matter if that is a first ball of the match he will hit a six... BOOM BOOM u rockxx.... one of the fearless and exciting player in world cricket... we love u ............

  • Nadeem on July 18, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    I have read most of the comments being made on Afridi's decision. He is sure a show stopper. U have to talk about him whether u like him or not. I have been hurt by the statement of Imran Khan. One should be responsible for his mistakes and should accept it honestly. I hope our board learns something from this. And Salman Butt should be backed up now. If we can control our nerves, we can beat Aussies in tests as well and that time is not far away.

  • Aslam on July 18, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    He is honest. He saw his shortcomings for the longer version of the game and decided to quit. However, should he have accepted the captaincy for this version in the first place remains a valid question. I think Salaman Butt is a good choice but will he be persisted with when, as is likely, Pakistan suffer more set-backs remains to be seen. I hope he is.

  • Aslam on July 18, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    He is honest. He saw his shortcomings for the longer version of the game and decided to quit. However, should he have accepted the captaincy for this version in the first place remains a valid question. I think Salaman Butt is a good choice but will he be persisted with when, as is likely, Pakistan suffer more set-backs remains to be seen. I hope he is.

  • raheem on July 18, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    pathan r so emotional.we need him as a captain. he has the ability of playing long innings but he need some time.we need u come back to test cricket. for us u r the best.i think u were best plce in test was to open the innings.and then he will take responsibilty.1-salman2-shahid3-yasir hameed4-umar amin 5-umar akmal 6-shoaib malik 7-kamran 8-amir 9-umar gul 10-saeed ajmal 11-m.asif if he choose this team i don,t think australia can win from us. there is no need of kaneria in this alwaz taking 5 wickets but giving more then 150runs.not good fielder

  • Narayan G on July 18, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Man.... he may be a honest man... but a BAD cricketer. What has he achieved in cricket? That 36 ball 100? that was a fluky innings... it may never be achieved in cricket again. But with just that innings he as played for 10 years... Man ... he is probably the MOST over-rated player cricket has seen in its history.

  • jalil on July 18, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    this one goes to afridi Pyarelal had taken his reluctant wife to a cricket match. She sat through the first innings although plainly bored cuz no one there to entertain, no bountries for quite alot time. In the second innings a batsman gave a tremendous swipe and knocked the ball out of the ground.

    'Thank goodness' she sighed. her husband said to her 'lets go home this man gona knock every ball out of park' wife repiled 'pyarelal dont worry the entertainer in here to entertain me u go home i meet to they' the husband said 'to you know that we are indians and sporting india not pakistan' she repiled ' i know that but this batsmen is getting be entertained unlike the indians batsmens all they do defend or single and boundry in lasy over but this batsmen smacking every ball out of park' then she found out that he got out' she said to her husband ' come-on lets go home now' husband said 'y now' wife repiled ' without him they is no cricket'. boom boom afridi & keep entrtain

  • Ruhul Amin on July 18, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    I think afridi made a very good decision. Now he will be able to more attentive in T20 & ODI match. Respect Afridi

  • Hassan Farooq on July 18, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    It is great that he has quited test-matches, he wasn't a good captain in the format, he couldn't put pressure on new batsmen, he lacked in many things, he gave fast-bowlers 20 overs each, while Kaneria only 10 over, that's insane does he want to kill Mohammad Aamer he is only 18 years old and so tiny! He couldn't divide the bowlers into spells, and his batting style isn't for test-matches.

  • Warney 11 on July 19, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    We all know how exciting player Afridi is..Surely he was the one who was cheered the most in the match..that is during his short innings of 31 of 15 balls..but did he help his teams cause in any way?? I doubt it..and the way he has deserted his team in the middle of the series is not wat pakistan team required..very dissappointing..and anyways, he wont be of much help in the one dayers as well..that time is going to come soon. Good luck to Afridi,may be he is just good enough for bowling his four overs in Twenty - twenty..

  • Syed Danish Saif on July 18, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    Hellow every1 and AssalamoAlaikum... Well, well, well... Once again the PATHAN waCkeD out of the Stadium.. his thinking is pretty straight. when there is ball to be hit for a six no matter if that is a first ball of the match he will hit a six... BOOM BOOM u rockxx.... one of the fearless and exciting player in world cricket... we love u ............

  • Nadeem on July 18, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    I have read most of the comments being made on Afridi's decision. He is sure a show stopper. U have to talk about him whether u like him or not. I have been hurt by the statement of Imran Khan. One should be responsible for his mistakes and should accept it honestly. I hope our board learns something from this. And Salman Butt should be backed up now. If we can control our nerves, we can beat Aussies in tests as well and that time is not far away.

  • Aslam on July 18, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    He is honest. He saw his shortcomings for the longer version of the game and decided to quit. However, should he have accepted the captaincy for this version in the first place remains a valid question. I think Salaman Butt is a good choice but will he be persisted with when, as is likely, Pakistan suffer more set-backs remains to be seen. I hope he is.

  • Aslam on July 18, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    He is honest. He saw his shortcomings for the longer version of the game and decided to quit. However, should he have accepted the captaincy for this version in the first place remains a valid question. I think Salaman Butt is a good choice but will he be persisted with when, as is likely, Pakistan suffer more set-backs remains to be seen. I hope he is.

  • raheem on July 18, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    pathan r so emotional.we need him as a captain. he has the ability of playing long innings but he need some time.we need u come back to test cricket. for us u r the best.i think u were best plce in test was to open the innings.and then he will take responsibilty.1-salman2-shahid3-yasir hameed4-umar amin 5-umar akmal 6-shoaib malik 7-kamran 8-amir 9-umar gul 10-saeed ajmal 11-m.asif if he choose this team i don,t think australia can win from us. there is no need of kaneria in this alwaz taking 5 wickets but giving more then 150runs.not good fielder

  • Narayan G on July 18, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Man.... he may be a honest man... but a BAD cricketer. What has he achieved in cricket? That 36 ball 100? that was a fluky innings... it may never be achieved in cricket again. But with just that innings he as played for 10 years... Man ... he is probably the MOST over-rated player cricket has seen in its history.

  • jalil on July 18, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    this one goes to afridi Pyarelal had taken his reluctant wife to a cricket match. She sat through the first innings although plainly bored cuz no one there to entertain, no bountries for quite alot time. In the second innings a batsman gave a tremendous swipe and knocked the ball out of the ground.

    'Thank goodness' she sighed. her husband said to her 'lets go home this man gona knock every ball out of park' wife repiled 'pyarelal dont worry the entertainer in here to entertain me u go home i meet to they' the husband said 'to you know that we are indians and sporting india not pakistan' she repiled ' i know that but this batsmen is getting be entertained unlike the indians batsmens all they do defend or single and boundry in lasy over but this batsmen smacking every ball out of park' then she found out that he got out' she said to her husband ' come-on lets go home now' husband said 'y now' wife repiled ' without him they is no cricket'. boom boom afridi & keep entrtain

  • Ruhul Amin on July 18, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    I think afridi made a very good decision. Now he will be able to more attentive in T20 & ODI match. Respect Afridi

  • Hassan Farooq on July 18, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    It is great that he has quited test-matches, he wasn't a good captain in the format, he couldn't put pressure on new batsmen, he lacked in many things, he gave fast-bowlers 20 overs each, while Kaneria only 10 over, that's insane does he want to kill Mohammad Aamer he is only 18 years old and so tiny! He couldn't divide the bowlers into spells, and his batting style isn't for test-matches.

  • Roohaz on July 18, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    BOOM BOOM u Rocksssss, gud decision...best of luck for ur ODI nd t20 careers.

  • Shoaib on July 18, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Shahid Afridi, what an all rounder. He should be listed as one of the all time best all rounders in the history of cricket.

  • sardar naveed karlal on July 18, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    love u boom boom

  • RIzwan on July 18, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    I love you Shahid - Boom Boom - Good luck to you

  • faisal malik on July 18, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    in my way of seeing best pakistani team in ODI's and in T2o's 1. Salman Butt 2. Imran Nazir 3. Yasir Hameed / Imran Farhat / Saeed Anwar 4. Younas Khan / Misbah ul Haq 5. Umer Akmal 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Mohmmad Aamir 9. Umer GUL / Abdul Razzak 10. Shauib Akhtar / Mohmmad Asif /Mohmmad Sammi / R Afridi 11. spiners ..

  • faisal malik on July 18, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    hello i want to say that we need IMRAN NAZIR in all pakistani teams sp ODI's and T20's a perfect opener or one down batsman good feilder plus part time bowller. need responce plese

  • Insane on July 18, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    To desert ship after one test and leave the whole team in the lurch is tantamount to mutiny - now he is feigning injury to keep away from the Headingly test. He batted like a man possessed and has only his brains to blame for this. Pakistan should forget this idiot and move on for the betterment of the game, my sympathies are with Salman Butt who has to take the baton under these extremely upsetting conditions, keep the ball biter away from all forms of cricket in Pakistan.

  • kismet on July 18, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    Bloody coward who does not have the courage to face defeat.... good riddence and I hope the selectors drop him from all the formats as he is showing less character than a 10 year old kid...

  • lone on July 18, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    The man had guts.

  • Talha Khan on July 18, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    I must salute the bravery of the man for being honest enough to state that he wasn't good enough for test cricket and said it Au Revoir for Good...

    He was never suiting in the white-kit and I am happy he has prolonged his career (more by pessimistic approach of Pakistan in tests than titing 5-days game) and took this decision immediately.

    Personally I think Afridi's test skills were attenuated by dropping him 4 years ago..yes! His form wasnt good in Sri Lanka and England that year..but he has spanked the Indians at home earlier the year as well. It was beyond me when he wasnt considered for home series against West Indies. Anyways, test is not Pakistan's game. But the 5 upcoming test will improve the temprament of Pakistani batting. Pity that Pakistan's ODI against Englands are clashing with Champions League...

  • hamza Tariq on July 18, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    He took the right decision and there was nothing wrong itn it. he knew he couldnt play test cricket so he retired instead of burdening himself more which can affect his other two formats of game.

  • mhammed riaz on July 18, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    i think he is done good deceion in faver of country and i belive he is lucky man becuse his fans always think positive about him.if he played all summer in england and give no good result he could loose his popularty.he still have chance to come back now.team will not look the same with out him but i have lot of confedence in shoab malik he is the one who can keep teams moral up and make them fight.request to pakistan team every time when u loose every pakistani feel ashemed becuse of u guys.so please learne how to keep our flage up and make every pakistani proud.

  • Hamid Alvi on July 18, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    He is very honest about it, and we wish to see him taking Pakistan to the top in ODI's All the best Afridi in uniting the team and winning matches As for the tests, the services of Saeed Anwar are required in the batting department.

  • Muhammad Zeeshan on July 18, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    I really appreciate Afridi's retirement. He is a real entertainer and a brave man. He has nothing to do in test cricket which requires patience.

  • Jamshid bilal on July 18, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    as for as i know , he shouldnt retire loosing the game by 150 runs , he shuold go home and guit the Cricket game and start playing with his children

  • Zaymran Ansar on July 18, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    They only think about themselves like our Cricket Heads , no one is thinking about Pakistan . If we have only three players yousif, younis and Asim kamal with akmal brothers and butt, that last test was piece of cake for us. And we could easily do that in the future also but I know it will not happen. God, please help Pakistan.

  • Saadaan on July 18, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    This is not about not being a test player. This is about not using your brain. The reason he gives is accepting the absence of temperament in him. But who says we don't need the temperament in one-days or T20s, and he can survive without it? I can recall dozens of times when in ODIs, Pak had something like 30/5 chasing some 150+ targets, and while situation demanded patience, this guy came out with dead-brain and went back to dressing room within a dozen balls! This is as stupid as it can get, and lacks serious cricketing sense on his behalf.

    His self-acceptance of 'not having patience' should not be taken as his positive thing to make him a hero. The selectors should very seriously note this thing and might as well keep him away from all forms of cricket. If you don't know the basics of something and refusing to even learn, you are not supposed to be in the game, let alone leading it...

  • FAISAL YOUNAS on July 18, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    SHAHID KHAN AFRIDI MADE THE RIGHT DECISION TO QUIT TEST. BUT CONCERNING ODI & T20 HE IS THE BEST CAPTAIN FOR THESE FORMATS WISH YOU BEST OF LUCK SHAHID AFRIDI YOU ARE OUR HERO!!!

  • Zaviaal Sikander on July 18, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    We love you Afridi.

  • PUNEET on July 18, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    he is simply a beast unleashed but only on his day. we should understand his nature of batting and shouldn't force him to make a change there. if pak needs 1 run to win from 5 overs and last wicket remaining and he is on strike,instead of single he'll try to go for a six. that's what he is. he doesn't know about pitch, bowler of field placement, he just knows to swing the bat as hard as possible. his average certainly depicts that.

  • Roy on July 18, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    This wasn't a good decision. Just look at the 350+ comments (still counting!) on the main article and see peoples' reaction to this. I feel he could be a good test cricketer and could take Pakistan cricket forward. He should have sought advice from Sehwag or Mike Slater or may be Sanath Jayasurya to excel in this format.

  • ARJUN PARDAL on July 18, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    I like him as a player, even he hit the ball or eat the ball. he is one of players one would like to watch playing, when he is going great.

  • dmp on July 18, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    whatever afridi did is not a good precedent for pakistan cricket... it is not like one day u wake up in a belief that u can captain a national side and one week later u r struck by a heavenly wisdom that u r not the one... players in pakistan cricket cannot think beyond being captain .. even if they do not have the right skills.. they all know that they are born captains .. even a new bee like Amer can lead the side if he is asked to.. to me it is not an honest approach.. cricket is not politics where everyone wants control or becomes ruling body..

    afridi did the same, saw an opportunity and could dare to become a test captain.. even Bangladesh would not have entertained such talent a test cap in their side.. and he became pak test captain .... do not know even officers in pcb know anything about the game or not.

    Yousuf and younis are great guys but in pak cricket.. ego clashes are so big that game suffers and will keep suffering until the board and players do something about

  • khizer malik on July 18, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    I was shocked and ashamed when i heard the news. But after some time i realised that at least Afridi is honest enough to admit the truth. Better late then never. Afridi will surely Boom Boom in limited overs cricket.

  • razi ahmed on July 18, 2010, 1:49 GMT

    A true Enterainer. Boom Boom Afridi

  • Talha Siddiqi on July 18, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    Bryan ! I thoroughly enjoyed this one - Keep writing !

    Shared a few laughs while I read it to my family

  • Imran P on July 18, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    So what does that say about the man who is in-charge of a team who is trying to establish the case that Pakistan can be a strong Test team that they were once? I am clueless about how to react to such candidacy about a man who is leading a team packed with talent and stupidity?

  • Wajahat Khan on July 18, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    I humbly request to ICC that please ban Pakistan Cricket team to play test cricket. They are suitable only for t20 not even ODIs!!! Please please snatch Test Status from Pakistan Team and give it back to Zimbabwe or Ireland because they will play better than Pakistan. Thanks!

  • Hamad Ahmed on July 17, 2010, 23:53 GMT

    I love this attitude, he is the most Sincere person in Pakistan. He wanted to lead from the front and he realised he can't do that so he gave up. heats off to you Mr. Afridi. We as Pakistani and cricket fan love you and continue to support you. Best of Luck.

    I hope PCB will not change him as one-day and T-20 captain.

    Hamad Ahmed

  • Hammad on July 17, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    There is not much entertainment for my liking, but more madness in this sort of inconsistant behaviour of Afridi..... As he did not realise the responsibility which is being thrust upon him but dismissed it as if nothing has happened, rather than trying to make it a test which he should have led by example, he led with stupidity as at this moment he needs to get to see a doctor who can tell Mr Afridi that adjusting and accomodating things in life can do wonders and can only lead to succees in life..... but playing with country's emotion by doing this sitcom like gung ho approach can never work, no wonder he can only entertain and not play actual cricket a shame but truth which every Pakistani like me must learn to live with .... this also reflects on the current state of affairs of the pcb's live dramas which has unfortunately been the talk of the whole cricketing world but who knows this might bring some sense into them as well ....... going forward as usual hoping for the best ..

  • Salman on July 17, 2010, 22:51 GMT

    Afridi, he is the one of the greatest players cricket will ever see. I do not care if he scored in one test or not, he should have scored runs. It is a misconception that test cricket requires temperament, well, test cricket requires runs, like any other format. If one can score a 50 in 30 balls, it is better than scoring 50 in 200. I do not understand the suggestion of wasting balls because it is test cricket. It is too late for Afridi to make a comeback, as he has announced retirement, but the others may read..if one is aggressive, one needs to be aggressive in the test matches too, or we will be adjusting to formats all the time and never adjusting to any of the formats well!! Be what you are and play accordingly!!! Hats off to Afridi!!!!

  • josh on July 17, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    what a player, i mean i have no wrods to describe his personality, we are glad to have such a characters in the cricjet, and enjoying every moent he plays for the people

  • Yawer Saeed on July 17, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    You have got to love this man Afridi. He depicts exactly what pakistan cricket is all about, unpredictible, at times great at times sloppy but never dull or boring. Pakistan have and will never play every match like australia or south africa but they have and will play better than them in few. Fear the days when they became consistent you lose the spice in cricket.

  • SYED MIMSHAD KARIM on July 17, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    I love this guy.. atlest he is honest.. there are many who know they are not fit for certain type of game.. n still continue to play n let their team down.. this guy is geniune...looking forward to the world cup.

  • Israr on July 17, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    Would he still jump if he had connected a few blows and scored 40-50 runs? I don't think so. It was a purely Pakistani way (sorry but this is true IMO) of getting emotional after a big mistake instead of owning the mistake and trying to improve. I mean he is playing for his country as the team leader so whats the problem in adapting to conditions? He batted so refreshingly well in the Asia Cup. I thought he had got his batting mojo back but something has definitely gone awry in the last few days. By the way, what was Shoaib Malik doing in the seniors' meeting that decided Butt's captaincy? If he is one of the senior decision makers, why was he not in the Lords' playing eleven? And what is Ijaz Butt doing? Why did he initially say Salman Butt was not an automatic choice? If he was not an automatic choice, why was he made vice captain in the first place? Why couldn't Afridi just say he was not fit to play instead of making this mockery of Pakistan cricket once again? So many questions...

  • DannyBoy on July 17, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Well Shahid Afridi has always entertained and will continue to entertain. But given the fighting spirit he embodies, it was just a little surprising he threw in the towel just a little early in Tests; particularly with the bowling attack Pakistan poesess. Looking foward to seeing the" King of Sixes" enthrall audiences in the Limited-overs format.

  • FARAN on July 17, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    LALA rockzzzz no matter what happened Afridi u rock u lead the team very nicely and u took retirement which shows ur character that how u love PAK cricket :)

  • Avmd on July 17, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    OK, it was mistake,or a blunder, but he was quick to admit and cleared the way for the next person to take over, who , hopefully, posseses better temrament. Give him some credit for that. Unlike some others in the recent past, particularly Yusuf, who failed miserably as a captain, but still wanted to continue at all cost.

  • Jamal on July 17, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    Say what one must about the timing of the announcement. He is an honorable, simple man. Many others would have hung on for the glory of the captaincy. Pakistan need serious thought now on bringing back Younis. They need to make good on the spot Afridi has let go for any better batsman.

  • Ammar Wasif on July 17, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    Shahid Khan Afridi, as we have known him, is a man of great character and straight forward nature. He does not make lame excuses, rather he understands the problem and puts it in front of him, and the he decides what he is going to do. I love his nature. May he entertain us for long Aameen!

  • liaquat ali on July 17, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    he's a real entertainer, i'm a big fan of him but his decesion is shocking

  • mani on July 17, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    He's the man! Global cricket community should be indebted to Pakistan, for their contribution to the modern sport surpasses all other countries. Innovations such as reverse sweep, reverse swing, doosra, fastest man in cricket and Shahid Afridi are immense and without them cricket wouldn't be what cricket is today :)

  • Bilal on July 17, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    He's one of my all time favorite all-rounder. I wanna see him playing for Pakistan for a long long time! I liked his straight forwardness. He has taken though sad but a good step.....May his cricketing career last long! Love you Afridi.... :)

  • hammad on July 17, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    Few days back i was telling my friend that it would be nice and exciting to see Afridi for long time on field and pitch. And couple of days later we hear about his surprise retirment. One thing for sure if he was there playing tast matches he would have brought a revolution even in test cricket which has never changed over the years. Afridi might not go as one of the top batsman or best baller even in Pakistan team but for sure he is one of the exciting players of the world. Once i was in India citing in a hotel lobby there was a cricket match going on Pakistan playing sirilanka. Afridi and Saeed were opning the batting. I as a pakistani was acared to support my team in front of Indian crowed. But believe it or not all people were citing on the edge of there seats as it always is when Afridi is on pitch and he got out on the second of the innings(first ball was struck for six) all the people started yelling that "khan always dissappoint us" n i was shocked. Of all the nations indians are dissapointed when he gets dissmised. As said by shane warne his sons favourite player is Afridi. The only player whose nick name was discouvered by the commentators and so right as his booming charater is Boom Boom Afridi. Some times i wonder who first called him Boom Boom. I bet there is not a single cricket lover who does not love Afridi. Even if there are some cricket lovers who hate him is because he dissapoints them and thay love him the most as i do.

  • Turrab Khan on July 17, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    I still remember the day Afridi made the fastest century ever on debut and the record still stands after 14+ years. Also people shouldnt be suprised if he is trying to hit 6 off every ball, if given the oppertunity most players would like to hit 6 off every ball but some just dont have the power and muscle and some lack guts, he has both. Secondly there are always very few top level players in any sport that play for sheer passion and love of the sport and instead most play for money and glamour/lifestyles. I honestly wish that each Pakistani player had the same passion and played with pride for country then I can gareentee you that Pakistan would easily beat any team in any format be it may Aussies or World XI becuase we have enough geniune talent already. But unfortunetly that is not the case and entire cricketing world get to see all the drama/chaos and no stablization of any sort.

  • asimations on July 17, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    now i realise why he chewed a cricket ball he thinks but after doing some thing thanks he has said good bye to test cricket he is only good for t20 but indeed a great character to watch

  • usman ali on July 17, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    i think dere is no batsman like afridi.he is our hero.he makes 100 runs in 37 balls ore 37 in 100 balls it does not matter,he is our hero,nd i salute him,he is a true pakistani

  • abdul haseeb on July 17, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    well said... he knows how to entertain.. he speaks like its nothing for him to get retire and loose captaincy of Test cricket, when he could easily have gone on to captain the side on the whole tour.. and it seems like he might not have progressed in his temperament required to stay on the crease but he certainly is getting better and better to entertain others as he throughout his press conference continued to smile almost after every question

  • Irfan Durrani on July 17, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    Good write up. This is Afridi for you and the retirement was another whack for six over all of our heads.

  • javed on July 17, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    hey boom boom why did u decided a retirement that soon when u were out u should not do that u should be patient to every ball u bating is not i am going to hit the ball if i miss it i am out u are a great player please do not make any decision when u are emotional i know u are pashtoon some time u get emotional but please for the sake of almity allah do not quit ur self from t20 and 50 over matches we are proud on u that is why we call u boom boom afridi i hope u take my advice thatnks javed from afghanistan and khost province

  • Baber Chowdhrey on July 17, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    Brilliant. Of what could have been a flood of media critising for Afridi atleast this week in Pakistan and elsewhere, the Genius turned into praise and respect over the decision to retire. Respect.

  • Muteeb Butt on July 17, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Great man and the braveness he showed by immediately announcing his retirement after the test. Not thinking about his reputation, not about money but only about Pakistan cricket. I think this is the example the PCB should learn from. If you know you can't do it give the chance to others who can do it. He is a great cricketer but he also showed by doing this no matter who it is, if you don't have the skills there is no shame in saying that others can do better in this format so I will step back. Well Done Afridi. So glad that you will be playing other formats.

  • D on July 17, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    we still have u fr 50z and t20z.... :D no worries boom boom

  • simon on July 17, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    his style of batting is definitely suited for shorter forms of the game.

  • wahab on July 17, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    I think afridi made a very good decision. What i admire most about him is his complete disregard for diplomacy. His life will be so much easier now. He has pretty much answered all the questions that could be thrown at him. The truth does set u free and while i admit our cricket team has been struggling, it has been struggling for a while. and we need good honest players. respect to afridi

  • Malik on July 17, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    A great entertainer, but being so honest about himself is something we must salute. He has done his bit for the pakistan cricket. Be fearless and be entertaining. Thats Shahid Khan Afrdi for you. We are content to see you in T20's and ODI.

  • wanderer on July 17, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    His retirement speech was probably the most open I've ever read in the last 15 years at least. I kind of respect his decision knowing now what is going on in his mind. He never liked Test match cricket and was always reluctant to play it, this isn't anything new. But I'm also disappointed that he has a group of young and some talented players there who really need a senior figure and he should have tried sticking around for a year until some of them gained experience. But at the same time he's Afridi and I don't think he's ever going to change his approach to battings. I hope and am almost certain he'll still stick around as ODI and T20 captain, because he really has become a world class player in those formats (mostly for his bowling), but chips in handily with batting, fielding and captaining an aggressive side in limited overs cricket. Sadly Test match cricket was beyond his scope as a player.

  • m.faisal on July 17, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    THANX ALLAH SOMEBODY D DOING RGHT THING HE MADE THE RIGHT DECISION COZ HE S NOT A TEST PLAYER ND HE DOESN'T WANT TO SPOL HIS OTHER CRICKETHE IS NOT OUR POLTCIAN

  • ahsan on July 17, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    he is good player i love you.best of luck.

  • sana on July 17, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    I think this was his third time retiring from Tests, so that might explain the lack of emotion/tears.

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  • sana on July 17, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    I think this was his third time retiring from Tests, so that might explain the lack of emotion/tears.

  • ahsan on July 17, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    he is good player i love you.best of luck.

  • m.faisal on July 17, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    THANX ALLAH SOMEBODY D DOING RGHT THING HE MADE THE RIGHT DECISION COZ HE S NOT A TEST PLAYER ND HE DOESN'T WANT TO SPOL HIS OTHER CRICKETHE IS NOT OUR POLTCIAN

  • wanderer on July 17, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    His retirement speech was probably the most open I've ever read in the last 15 years at least. I kind of respect his decision knowing now what is going on in his mind. He never liked Test match cricket and was always reluctant to play it, this isn't anything new. But I'm also disappointed that he has a group of young and some talented players there who really need a senior figure and he should have tried sticking around for a year until some of them gained experience. But at the same time he's Afridi and I don't think he's ever going to change his approach to battings. I hope and am almost certain he'll still stick around as ODI and T20 captain, because he really has become a world class player in those formats (mostly for his bowling), but chips in handily with batting, fielding and captaining an aggressive side in limited overs cricket. Sadly Test match cricket was beyond his scope as a player.

  • Malik on July 17, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    A great entertainer, but being so honest about himself is something we must salute. He has done his bit for the pakistan cricket. Be fearless and be entertaining. Thats Shahid Khan Afrdi for you. We are content to see you in T20's and ODI.

  • wahab on July 17, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    I think afridi made a very good decision. What i admire most about him is his complete disregard for diplomacy. His life will be so much easier now. He has pretty much answered all the questions that could be thrown at him. The truth does set u free and while i admit our cricket team has been struggling, it has been struggling for a while. and we need good honest players. respect to afridi

  • simon on July 17, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    his style of batting is definitely suited for shorter forms of the game.

  • D on July 17, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    we still have u fr 50z and t20z.... :D no worries boom boom

  • Muteeb Butt on July 17, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Great man and the braveness he showed by immediately announcing his retirement after the test. Not thinking about his reputation, not about money but only about Pakistan cricket. I think this is the example the PCB should learn from. If you know you can't do it give the chance to others who can do it. He is a great cricketer but he also showed by doing this no matter who it is, if you don't have the skills there is no shame in saying that others can do better in this format so I will step back. Well Done Afridi. So glad that you will be playing other formats.

  • Baber Chowdhrey on July 17, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    Brilliant. Of what could have been a flood of media critising for Afridi atleast this week in Pakistan and elsewhere, the Genius turned into praise and respect over the decision to retire. Respect.