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Full name Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi
Born March 1, 1980, Khyber Agency
Current age 35 years 25 days
Major teams Pakistan, Asia XI, Deccan Chargers, Dhaka Gladiators, Fly Emirates XI, Griqualand West, Habib Bank Limited, Hampshire, ICC World XI, Karachi, Leicestershire, Melbourne Renegades, South Australia
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
|Test debut||Pakistan v Australia at Karachi, Oct 22-26, 1998 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v Pakistan at Lord's, Jul 13-16, 2010 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Kenya v Pakistan at Nairobi (Aga), Oct 2, 1996 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v Pakistan at Adelaide, Mar 20, 2015 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v Pakistan at Bristol, Aug 28, 2006 scorecard|
|Last T20I||New Zealand v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Dec 5, 2014 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Habib Bank Limited v State Bank of Pakistan at Islamabad, Nov 6-8, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||1995/96|
|Last List A||Australia v Pakistan at Adelaide, Mar 20, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Kent v Middlesex at Maidstone, Jul 2, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||New Zealand v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Dec 5, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|23, 0/30||Pakistan||v Australia||Adelaide||20 Mar 2015||ODI # 3642|
|0/38||Pakistan||v Ireland||Adelaide||15 Mar 2015||ODI # 3639|
|22, 0/28||Pakistan||v South Africa||Auckland||7 Mar 2015||ODI # 3626|
|21*, 2/35||Pakistan||v U.A.E.||Napier||4 Mar 2015||ODI # 3622|
|0, 0/53||Pakistan||v Zimbabwe||Brisbane||1 Mar 2015||ODI # 3620|
|0/48, 28||Pakistan||v West Indies||Christchurch||21 Feb 2015||ODI # 3608|
|0/50, 22||Pakistan||v India||Adelaide||15 Feb 2015||ODI # 3602|
|1/59, 8*||Pakistan||v England||Sydney||11 Feb 2015||Other OD|
|0/56, 24||Pakistan||v Bangladesh||Sydney||9 Feb 2015||Other OD|
|1/57, 11||Pakistan||v New Zealand||Napier||3 Feb 2015||ODI # 3598|
Of Shahid Afridi it can safely be said that cricket never has and never will see another like him. To say he is an allrounder is to say Albert Einstein was a scientist; it tells a criminally bare story.
For a start, the slant of his all-round skills only became clear ten years into his career; he is a leg-spinning allrounder. Variety is his calling and as well as a traditional leg-break, he has two googlies, a conventional offie and a lethal faster one, though this is increasingly rare. All come with the threat of considerable, late drift. He fairly hustles through overs, which in limited-over formats is a weapon in itself and the package is dangerous.
But forever associated with him will be his madcap batting, the prospect of which is a crowd-puller the world over. He is a compulsive basher, literally unable to control his urges to slog every ball that comes his way, and not much of it is classical. Often spectacular results are at hand; he owns, for example, two of the fastest ODI hundreds, including the fastest one ever in his first innings ever at the age of 16. His career strike rates are nearly unmatched. But mostly, anywhere in the order, consistency has been missing.
Despite a healthy Test career, he gave up on the format in 2006, pre-empting men such as Andrew Flintoff, to maximise fully a limited-overs career. He came back, in inimitable fashion, for one Test only, as captain no less in 2010. A loss and two slogs meant he re-retired immediately after. Twenty20 is something he could've been made for and he is among the most lethal players of the format, having been player of the tournament for the inaugural edition of the World Twenty20 in 2007 and led Pakistan to the title two years later with matchwinning all-round hands in the semi and final.
Maturity has often threatened to gatecrash his career and leadership was a just reward, though it was taken away from him in 2011 after an immature spat; another retirement was announced but none of it will change much a truly unique career.
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before
The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to
Off the field, he's all flash and hair gel; on it, he's a slowpoke, given to hitting pretty shots straight to fielders
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.
This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves