West Indies v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Providence

Numbers rumble on Afridi's day

Stats highlights form Afridi's emphatic return to ODIs in the first match of bilateral series between West Indies and Pakistan

Shiva Jayaraman

July 15, 2013

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Shahid Afridi celebrates Tillkaratne Dilshan's exit in trademark style, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Dubai, November 14, 2011
Shahid Afridi is the only player in ODIs to have taken 350 wickets and hit 7000 runs © AFP
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  • Shahid Afridi has now become the only player in ODI history to score 7000 or more runs and take 350 wickets. Dwayne Bravo's wicket was Afridi's 350th, making him only the eighth bowler, and the third Pakistan bowler after Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, in ODIs to take these many. The only other player to take 300-plus wickets and score 7000-plus runs in ODIs is Sanath Jayasuriya.

  • Afridi has taken a five-wicket haul and hit fifty-plus runs in a match three times in his career. No other player has repeated this feat more than once. The last time this was done in ODIs was also by Afridi, against Sri Lanka, in 2011. This was the 16th instance of a player taking a five-wicket haul and scoring fifty or more runs in the same match.

  • Afridi's bowling figures of 7 for 12 were the second-best in ODIs. The best figures in ODIs belong to Chaminda Vaas, who took 8 for 19 against Zimbabwe in 2001. Afridi's bowling figures in this match are the best for a spinner in ODIs. These figures were also the best for a bowler bowling third change or later in an innings. In terms of runs given, this was Afridi's most economical spell in ODIs in which he has bowled five or more overs.

  • This was Afridi's 30th Man-of-the-Match performance, which equals the number of such awards won by Brian Lara and Aravinda de Silva. Only six players have won more Man-of-the-Match awards, but among active ODI players, only Jacques Kallis, with 32, has won more such awards. Among Pakistan players, Afridi holds the record; Saeed Anwar is next with 28.

  • Afridi's performances in matches in which he's made a return to ODIs (after missing out on one or more series) have been excellent. In eight such matches he averages 46.85 with the bat from seven innings, including four half-centuries. His bowling outshines his batting in these matches: he has taken 23 wickets, including two five-fors, at an average of 10.30 and a strike rate of 15.3. His impact in these matches is reflected in the number of Man-of-the-Match awards he's won in these eight games - four.

  • Afridi's bowling average of 16.87 in the West Indies is the best by a visiting bowler to have bowled in at least ten innings. His strike rate of 24.5 is the third-best for a visiting bowler, with a minimum of ten innings in the West Indies.

  • This was only the eighth instance of West Indies getting bowled out for under 100 runs and only the second at home. The last time West Indies got dismissed for under 100 runs was in February 2011 against Australia at Perth.

  • Misbah-ul-Haq's fifty in the match ranks fourth in the list of slowest fifty-plus scores by Pakistan's batsmen. Javed Miandad's unbeaten 63 from 167 balls against West Indies is the slowest fifty-plus score by a Pakistan batsman. Three of the four slowest fifty-plus scores by Pakistan batsmen have now come against West Indies.

  • This was Chris Gayle's 250th ODI of his career. He hasn't played all of his ODIs for West Indies though. Gayle has represented the ICC World XI in three ODIs. He is three ODIs away from becoming only the third West Indies player, after Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, to play 250 or more ODIs.

  • Jason Holder doubled his tally of ODI wickets in this match. Holder's spell of 4 for 13 bettered his performance in his previous three ODIs.

Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 19, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully: If Pak is not winning it is because the top order is not performing, hafeez failing, he only talk like professor, Nasir Jamshed think that if Misbah make 40 of 100 bals and considered as consistent, then he also have right to score 54 of 93, no matter team wins or loss. Ahmed Shehzad naturally aggressive player, but he unlucky to join under Misbah captaincy, he is also gone defensive, Asad Shafiq when was in form, they played in out with him.

Pakistan won 1 match in last 10 matches and that only win is because of Afridi, had he not been included Pakistan would have lost that match too.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 19, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

@bouncer709.Between those 2 hundreds he did batting in 12 matches and his batting average was 25.58. It includes 85, 53, 48, 39 scores in it. He failed 6 times (less than 20 runs). But the fact that India afford to that laxuary as they won 7 out of those 12. The question is does Pakistan has that luxury? Are they able to win half of next 10 or 12 matches with a non performer like Afridi?

Posted by android_user on (July 18, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

Afridi is really an exceptionally talented player. Its really amazing to see what he has achieved despite his careless attitude and all the internal political skirmishes that constantly destabilize pakistani cricket... he deserves this for his talent, but a good temperament could ve easily made him the world's best allrounder...

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 18, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

If you are talking of young talent, then why ST was allowed to play until 40s and he was given more chances to score 100th century after almost one and half year? and Ghambir was thrown even he is more young to ST? Aren't you confused yourself, on one hand you are talking about young talent on the other hand you are saying " Need performing players - young or old" that is what i already mentioned that young player should show performance that they are better than Afridi. Now your fool assumption to get 10 of 20 balls? most of the time when Afridi is in for batting Pakistan requires more than 10 runs per over. How Afridi play according to the situation he showed in T20 world cup, making sure to win SF and F in T20wc. and you yourself mentioned that others batsman are not performing in Pakistan team, so why are you just commenting against Afridi after he performed, instead of writing against those who are not performing? are you jealous?

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 18, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

@Syed Ahmad Abbas Rizvi. He will not. Just because India always looking for good young talents. So, if he failed in 1 or 2 series, he will be out. Just like Yuvraj, Gambhir and Sehwag. No need to give chances to them again and again. Need performing players - young or old - but youngsters will get preference and more chances as they are future.

Posted by   on (July 18, 2013, 0:03 GMT)

Fast_Track_Bully - we will see how long Jadeja last, let see if he even do half of 355 matches let alone 355.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 17, 2013, 6:04 GMT)

@bouncer709. He may be a good all rounder for Pakistan point of view as other batsmen are not scoring runs and Ajmal not getting any support form other spinners. But consistency is the matter for a good player than his hard hitting ability.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 17, 2013, 5:54 GMT)

@ bouncer709. You must be kidding. Have you watched the recent CT matches and India tour of WI?? Jadeja got six 50s in which 3 of them outside sub continent and in sub continent he got them against good bowling units like England,Aus @ India and against SL @ SL. Not out means the opposition unable to take his wickets or he is a finisher. Unlike Afridi, he is with a brain. It is a shame that after these years of cricketing knowledge Afridi cannot play according to the situation.If you are 9 down and 10 to require from 20 balls, Afridi will go for two sixes straight away and got out but on the other hand Jadeja will go for few singles and pick the loose balls and make sure that team wins...thats whats called cricketing brain, mate.

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 16, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully: Afridi scored centuries in subcontinent, but Jadeja played most of his matches in india, still not scored any century, Jadeja average in Austrailia is 16 and at west indies 15. As jadeja play more matches you will see his average will fall down more and more. and High batting average does not means that the player is match winner, if you playing slow and not scoring much but go notout your batting average goes up, same case with Misba and Jadeja also, low strike rate, and highest no of notout.

Now see the T20 record: Jadeja average 10, and got only 7 wickets in 14 matches, Afridi is highest wicket taker in T20, Afrid test record is also better than Jadeja's.

Young all-rounder are not in the team it is not fault of Afridi, it is by selectors, Hamad Azam and Haris sohail deserve to be in the team but not at the cost of Afridi, Afridi is right to say he is better than many in the team, and his physical fitness also proved that he is more fit than the young players.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 16, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

@bouncer709 - Afridi got 5 100s in 1996, 98, 02, 05, 10 . All in sub continent against sub continent teams! Is it something great? It may be great for a team with a captain who do not have a 100 after 121 matches! After 17 years of international cricket and 355 matches, a good player (even an average!) may have better averages than him for sure. It will weak Pak cricket in long run.FYI: Afridi : bowling Avg: 33.65 batting avg: 23.62. Jadeja : bowling average : 30.38 batting avg:31.86

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 16, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully: Did you ever saw Muthaya murlitharan scoring 50, scoring 75 of 55 balls? Winning match with both ball and bat? Don't compare Jadeja with Afridi, Jadeja played 75 matches. only 5 fifties, afridi scores 9 fifities for every 75 matches, Jedeja yet to score a century, and how many matches he won for India at his own both with bat and ball, he is a part of team where all others are performing, so his little contribution help India, Afridi, unfortunately is a part of team where all others fail. and most of the time let things for Afridi. Afridi played same kind of innings (88 runs) just his 4 matches back against South Africa, but the target was very big to chase and he was left alone by others.

Posted by diljankhan on (July 16, 2013, 9:58 GMT)

The commentators criticizing afridi are naive about cricket or they are jealous of him. he always mattered in big games. he is a player of big stage or big occasions. a resilient, a fighter and fearless character and a true leader by example . He raise to the occasion on big stage. Man of the tournament at the T20 world cup in 2007. Man of the match in semi and final at T20 world cup 2009. Win odi series against New Zealand, West Indies and England.Took the torn up team to the semi in ODI world cup 2011 and was the most successful bowler, equal the MacGrath record for most wickets in a world cup.And in certain areas his record is unmatched. Cricket Historian will not be writing about Misbah or Hafeez, but about the boom boom for long long times, when we will be long gone. Time and again the Pakistanis prove that they are their heroes' thrasher and brasher. thankless people and will always promote incompetent and corrupt people.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 16, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

355 wickets from 355 ODIs isn't anything good. Even if he is considered as an all rounder (I do not know why. He is acting like Muthaiyya Muralidharan with bat - swing - mis - hit). It is very pathetic that Pakistan cannot find any young all-rounders like Jadeja. This will make Afridi's place in the team for the next 15-20 matches, thats all.

Posted by NALINWIJ on (July 16, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

The Pakistan team has only 2 consistent players in MISBAH and AJMAL and the rest are a hit or miss type of players and AFRIDI is the perfect example. This is good for ODI[sometimes] not tests.

Posted by Desihungama on (July 16, 2013, 0:10 GMT)

As fit as he is at the moment I won't be surprised if he hangs on till 2019. Oh he will own almost every record in a year or two anyway.

Posted by arkhan46 on (July 15, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

Once again Afridi has risen to the occasion when every thing seemed doomed for Pakistan ,if only Afridi were to keep his mind set a bit cool and stay at the crease for a bit longer he could be a terror for any opposition team

Posted by Mohammad_Imran on (July 15, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

Afridi brings excitement to Pakistan cricket! Lala u are awesome!!

When Afridi is not in the team, the match becomes boring to watch..

Players like Afridi & Razzaq who alone can turn a match on its head are non existent in the Pakistani team now... so to the people that love to criticize these players should appreciate them for now because they will be dearly missed when they retire.

Posted by ANI_CRIC_FUNDA on (July 15, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

@Tigg it's always easier said than done.... even sachin has to bear the allegation that since he has played 23-24 years, it's so obvious to score 34000+ international runs with 100 no of 100s with overall close to 50 avg!!!!!! to maintain that tempo, battling with injury n form, it's only the person who does it knows how much it takes to get those gigantic figures!!!! also for murali 1300+ international wickets..... so pls stop alleging the greats and start respect their achievements for their individual countries..... be it BRADMAN, SACHIN, WARNE, AKRAM, MCGRATH, RICHARDS, LARA, GAVASKAR, MURALI or.................. there are so many gr8ssss in the history of world cricket of over 136 years..................

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

Let us enjoy and be proud of this talent we have in the team. Pak cricket has been in disarray for a while and it was a very pleasant and welcoming win.

May he keeps his form and others in the team also try to play their own natural game with out any pressure or fear.....

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

@Sanjeev Jha Afridi is a case of under-appreciation by the board, especially during the dark era of Ejaz Butt. Sehwag, alongwith Dravid, is a case of under-appreciation by the Indian public who failed to see anyone beyond Tendulker until now.

Posted by cricketeria on (July 15, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

Since Afridi performs inconsistently, we should select him inconsistently as well. Look what happened here after he was dropped. Just drop him after this series then pick him again two series later.

Posted by tanweeralam on (July 15, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

He is probably the last of the pakistani batch which was known to change the game at will at any time and it is seen in attitudr The difference between him and rest of team is that he does not seem to be playing for his place in the side.

Posted by Tigg on (July 15, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

His career stats aren't that impressive. If you've played the 7th most ODIs you're going to get those kind of numbers.

He's a sporadically spectacular player, unfortunately not a great.

Posted by ANI_CRIC_FUNDA on (July 15, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

AFRIDI's record undoubtedly unthinkable.. with 7000+ runs in 355 ODIs & as many wickets (i.e. 355 wickets) in his tank, might well finish with 8000+ runs & 400+ wickets in close to 400 ODIs!!!!!! has hit 313 sixes already, might hit 350+ sixes!!!!!!!!

Sanath Jayasuriya close to 13500 runs and 325 wickets in close to 450 ODIs comes closer to him or at par with him in ODIs, coz Sanath made that much more of runs with 32 avg with 90+ strike rate, had hit 270 sixes (2nd highest 6 hitter in ODIs after AFRIDI), while AFRIDI only around 23-24 avg with around 115 strike rate....

So these two are the real all time best all rounder in the history of ODIs.......

Batting alone Sachin with almost 18500 ODI runs in 463 ODIs @45 almost with just 1 shy of 50 ODI 100s & 4 shy of 100 ODI 50s..........

Best Batsman in ODI History:- SACHIN Best Allrounder in ODI history:- Both Sanath & Afridi.........

Posted by Sports4Youth on (July 15, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

Wow. One more crown for the Prince of Pakistan Cricket.

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Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

He is in the league of his own. He could be the poorest and the most inconsistent player, or he could produce a performance that is unmatched by any player in history of Pakistani Cricket. I can not imagine if any of the current players from Pakistani squad can give this kind of performance even once in their entire career. For Afridi to repeat this kind of performance consistently every once in a blue moon, goes to show you that he is in the league of his own. At times, he does it at will.

Posted by biggyd on (July 15, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

the guy is a superb cricketer, with the brain of a donkey. yes he has won many games for Pak, ut he has lost them many more. cant count the amount of times they need 50 runs at a run a ball and him throw his wicket away with an attempt at 6. plays for headlines and spotlights only...but. pak cricket so weak at the moment that he gets another chance. this great performance, in his head, allows him to play like a 12 year old for another 10 games. watch : )

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

Afridi and Sehwag. Same story of brilliance and inconsistency.

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

PCB and Afridi Bashers.....Now what??????

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

You cant judge Afridi the way you judge anyone else because he is such a unique player. He will never be the consistent player like Tendulkar with the bat or Warne with the ball, but he will occasionally produce performances that are so sublime, nobody can match him. With the World Cup 18 months away, Pakistan's only chance of winning it is with Afridi. If he fails, Pakistan will disappear early, but this will happen without him too, but so as long as Afridi is on a team list, there is no team that can take victory over Pakistan for granted

Posted by Baba_Sehgal on (July 15, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

LOL lala scores his annual fifty to reserve his spot in the team. He has also taken nearly as many wickets in this match as he took in the whole year in 2012. This guarantees his spot in the team till WC 2015. And PLEASE someone get rid of Hafeez, if Afridi is going to be in the team. At least Afridi plays his bad shots with confidence too. It's painful to watch Hafeez. After becoming Steyn's bunny in SA, I feel he'll be Holder's bunny in this series. Probably the only opener in the world who can't play seam OR swing and still gets promoted to captain. Only in Pakistan.

Posted by Fogu on (July 15, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

Afridi is definitely a game changer when he decides to play. Unfortunately he is not consistent anymore. He should be included in the team when he is in form however, he is not captaincy material. Some people confuse good players and leaders. It is not one and the same.

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

Afridi is the most fit player in pak team he can make a lot of runs but his temprament is the prob. if 25 or 30 overs are still there then a sensibl innings like misbah is required not an aggressive one.You can play aggressively in last 3 or 4 overs but !st make it sure you play all the 50 overs.

Posted by Yousuf9999 on (July 15, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

and it seems very funny when anyone criticize the world's best spinner...his record says it all.... AFIRID IS OUR HERO n nothing can change that for sure.... not even the negativity some people are trying to create...

Posted by Yousuf9999 on (July 15, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

Shahid Afridi has now become the only player in ODI history to score 7000 or more runs and take 350 wickets. Afiridi is now the best spinner of all time. what else you can expect from anyone... and I am sure cricket never has and never will see another like him. His record is even far more better than shane warne...he has records in bowling and batting.. he will be the highest wicket taker...WE ALL BE SO MUCH PROUD ON AFIRIDI... YOU are the best.

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

Well after not taking a wicket for 6 previous ODIs, Afridi was very lucky to be given yet another chance to prove himself and he did that against a team that is ranked lower than Pakistan itself. Don't expect a top quality side to let Afridi hit their pads and get wickets like this. A player only deserves his place when he is consistent. Even Agar scored 98 on his test debut under hostile conditions. Still, I think the decision of playing Afridi will backfire eventually because he is not consistent anymore. If Gayle had Afridi's catch in the first slip, the result would have been different. Afridi is a chance player. Now unlike other players, he will be in next 4 Series of Pakistan without needing to perform again and the next series is against South Africa in UAE. A team against which Pakistan has never won bilateral series in which Afridi has played pivotal role in making that happen.

Posted by dilscoop_uk on (July 15, 2013, 12:06 GMT)

No player can shd take their place in the national side for granted.You drop these superstar player for a series or 2 they'll come good in their come back. Next one I see is Hafeez who must be Axed once and must earn his place to come back in the team. Afridi's return will surely put pressure on him as an all rounder.

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

The biggest challenge now for Afridi is to produce another "Performance" in this series not to be called "Hit and more Miss" player. It seems when he puts his mind to it, he produce performances like this,,I think PCB administration needs to work with him on his attitude towards game, most of the time, he just looks not interested, I think he is someone, who needs lots of motivation, every time he goes out to play, that's keeps him going. This team looks far better then the shambolic CT team, Umar Akmal needs to bat higher then no 6, he is the best batsman full stop and needs grooming,Hafeez's poor batting form is a real worry now as he is our test opener as well. Junaid should play for Wahab, Pak must include a fast bowling all rounder and Hammad for that is a must, which will give more balance to this team.

Posted by hamidmasood on (July 15, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

it seems that after every such performance afridi should be dropped for a series. this way he will be more productive on his comeback.

Posted by vishnuas on (July 15, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

@ Nikhil He is not a hit and a miss cricketer. If somebody supports him, he always does well..for example, when he was made the captain, he was consistently good all through the tournament. ppl needs to boost him, instead of despise him. he is just awesome. :) ..he is only 33. he should captain the side for rest of his career. he has definitely earned it..

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

LETS NOT JUMP to any conclusions, this is one one game he has performed in after almost two years, we'll wait and see. He is a hit and a miss, and more likely the latter. I think you're a good material in ODI if you perform at least in 60-70% games played not the other way around 10-30% which Afridi and Sehwag are doing these days.

Posted by msharif911 on (July 15, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

Excellent comeback and we are very proud of you Afridi. The only thing we all worry about is how long the gap will be before he puts in another stunning performance like this. They are too few and far between to ensure he gets selected regularly.

For now at least, I will revel in the match winning performance he has put in and spend the day smiling and looking to see if I can find it on YouTube.

Posted by wc1992 on (July 15, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

they forgot to add one thing ... Afridi is the only player in the history of cricket that had change match most number of time with minimum ball faced or bowled ...no other players have change the direction of match with few balls more then A F R I D I ....evedience is when ever he fails to do that his critic are up and aram which is itself proof they expect Afridi to do it all they time(unreasonable expection) and when he fail (natural). In short he need to be in the team more often then out

Posted by Jasemkhan on (July 15, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

The sort of humiliation Pak suffered at the hands of its opponents in the conluded ICC champion trophy proved that how shambolic pak team selection can be. the selecters dropped a player the calibre of Afridi and his very absence was felt & evident. his comeback meant a last nail in the selecters coffin. DON'T DROP AFRIDI he is a match winner. A truly unique performance

Posted by suresh_gym on (July 15, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

One of the great ambassador for cricket!! One of the most likeliest other nation cricketer in India too...

Posted by da_fighter on (July 15, 2013, 10:37 GMT)

thank you Nawaz sharif for bringing him back to play again, misbah, hafeez and whitmore were all aginst him playing but PM Nawaz sharif made sure he does.

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 10:37 GMT)

Afrida has proved that without him in recent times,pak team is just a bunch of mediokers,there levels r low even b.d and zimbabwe can beat them...he is the real show stopper in world of cricket.after imran anf wasim,afridi has the biggest fan following in pak...if he continue his form.till wc 2015,i think he will b in ICC hall of fame :)

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

Afridi have lot to offer to Pakistan on field but only he need to be calm and keep distance from politics

Posted by Jadejafan on (July 15, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

Overrated. Everyone knows he can produce that sort of display here and there but rest of the matches back to his usual. Fact is though Pakistan won, it was their seniors which done almost all of the work. Youngsters don't look that promising in my view.

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

Nice work guyz keep it up. Pakistan Zindabad

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 9:55 GMT)

Well well well, in a talent starving team like Pakistan, which was literally pleading for a speedstar a few days back, which is looking to replace non performing batsmen but could not find any from the domestic cricket and which don't have any replacement of ever aging captain, has an ocean of talent in Afridi. Unfortunately, he is not serious about his talent. He thinks that he come come back in the team at will. But isn't it a dishonesty with your talent that you are a world beater but you make "position in the team" as your bench mark. Nothing beyond. This time around, he seemed to be serious first ever time. If he would be serious enough and honest with his talent then, world would come across a new Afridi who would be worshiped like the great "Khan"

Posted by mainul079080 on (July 15, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

Well...now Afridi fans have a huge voice.But i want to remind them that merely one high class performance doesnt rank a player 'High Class' or 'Match winner'. Afridi seriously lacks consistancy. He should follow the path of Sakib, Dhoni(Wicketkeeper batsmen are also all-rounders),Gilchrist,Kallis, Watson,Imran,Kapil...who are and were very consistent all-rounders. Thats why they are great.I shall follow Afridi in next 10 ODI's and then comment again.

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

The best ever all rounder in ODI history..his stats reflects this...a true match winner on his day

Posted by RakarthIX on (July 15, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

@ Cricketer_XYZ He is 9th on the all time list for MoM awards, but you are right in that he is top for Pakistan

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

wow........... lala always really means bussiness every time he returns..... one more return required.. Abdul Razaq... another god gifted talent to just put pak team in the greatest of balance... imagine that he was playing instead of asad ali yesterday... asad bowled around 132 km/h.. razaq can bowl that much pace with greater control and tons of experience... moreover imagine him coming out to bat when afridi got out instead of wahab riaz... imagine the perfect balance... he has still got cricket left in him.. sri lanka are sticking to there big three,, why don't we go with perfect balance of experience and youth as well as hitters cameo players anchors... Ii expect new chief selector moin khan will bring him in for the best of pak cricket towards 2015 world cup... youngsters require experinced ones in the ranks to get groomed up... food for thought

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

@jasper look...kallis is a legendary player...the guy has an expectional Test and ODI record....afridi is a bowler who can bat...scoring the fastest century dznt make u a good batsman...so lets just not compare both...and such performances of afridi have been far more effective in producing a win than kallis's for SA...sometimes...its just the win which matters

Posted by Cricketer_XYZ on (July 15, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

You missed the Man-of-the-match statistics, which I believe is also among top 5 in the world for ODI and perhaps highest for Pakistan.

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

superb..... lala the great

Posted by MuddassarLatifAwan on (July 15, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

no one can ever replace that man....... Afridi is a real big name in today's cricket....he is better then most. his achievements are a proud for the whole nation.unmatched talent and a series of unbroken dreams no one can get that type of love fame.....

Posted by sherishahmir on (July 15, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

Afridi well done on achieving this milestone, Please bear in mind if you can play sensibly and score between 20-30 runs most of the time, bowls 10 overs quota with around 40 runs and 1 wicket and also field as usual u can be valuable all- rounder for the team in the rest of your career. Please play sensibly with lot of mind application based on match situation requirement in the rest of your career, if you want to be an integral part of the team.

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

His averages (both batting and bowling) still not nearly in the same league as Jacques Kallis.

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

more happy to see afridi the bowler back in form than afridi the batsman. he was brilliant yesterday. and doing magic with ball

Posted by mohd.faheem001 on (July 15, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

lala u have unmatched talent,u can rattle any side on any track...awesome recoed.....respect from india

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

Spare few games .. sometime u feel where on earth has Afridi been amassing this record. But good on him, excellent service to Pakistan.

Posted by bul98 on (July 15, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

Shaibzada S. Afridi records are mind blowing...far better than 100 hundred ... S. Afridi is a far better entertainer and a great player..and People just love to watch him...imagine if he was playing n front of home crowd in Pakistan..stadium would packed like old days ..when people of Pakistan use to watch great Imran khan , Javed Miandad..

Posted by Shrekk on (July 15, 2013, 6:43 GMT)

Vaas took 8 for 19, not 13..

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

Great achievement by a brave player.......... u r great lalaa.....

Posted by mredz84 on (July 15, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

Vaas got 8/19 not 13... Plz correct. Afridi is an enigma....cant be relied upon but is great to watch when he comes thru. Ps plz drop hafeez, his batting is such a liability these days....surely he has to be the nextmone to be dropped.

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