Pakistan in West Indies 2013 July 18, 2013

Afridi's many comebacks

Mazher Arshad
A look back at some of Shahid Afridi's notable (and forgettable) comebacks in ODIs
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Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Sharjah, 1999: 58 runs and two wickets

After a poor show in the 1999 World Cup - where he scored only 97 runs and took one wicket in eight matches, Shahid Afridi was dropped from the ODI squad that toured Canada to play West Indies in a three-match series. Afridi returned in the next series, Sharjah Cup 1999, and in his first match, against Sri Lanka, he put in a man-of-the-match performance, scoring 58 and taking two late-order wickets. However, as they say, one swallow does not make a summer, and Afridi's contributions failed to materialise as the tournament progressed.

Pakistan v India, Sharjah, 2000: golden duck and no wickets

Afridi made a second comeback in the space of six months in another Sharjah Cup match, this time against India on Pakistan Day. However his return did not prove fortuitous as he bagged a golden duck and then didn't impress in the next three matches. But Pakistan captain Moin Khan persisted with Afridi, and it ultimately paid off with a better than run-a-ball 52 which helped Pakistan clinch the title. This series was notable in that it marked the first time that Pakistan had beaten South Africa in five years, after losing 14 ODIs in a row.

Pakistan v England, Lahore, 2000: 61 runs and five wickets

Playing his first match after tying the knot, Afridi hammered 50 runs and then claimed a five-for, the first of his ODI career. While he missed the ICC Champions Trophy in Nairobi, Afridi was recalled for Pakistan's home ODI series. He missed the first match because of his wedding, but then came back in the second, scoring 61 to help Pakistan square the series.

Pakistan v India, Rawalpindi, 2004: 80 off 58 balls and two wickets

After the disastrous 2003 World Cup campaign in South Africa, the PCB did a complete overhaul of the team. Many players, including Shahid Afridi (who scored only 9 runs in three group matches), were left out. It would be a year before Afridi wooed the selectors, representing the longest period he has been out of the ODI team so far. He made his comeback in the second ODI of the famous 2004 home series against India, the first time the sides had resumed cricketing ties in five years. Afridi reminded everyone of his capabilities, with a swashbuckling knock of 80 off just 58 balls, which included 10 fours and four sixes. Pakistan ended up amassing 329, and were just able to stop a marauding Sachin Tendulkar, who struck 141 off 135 balls, to win the match by 12 runs.

Pakistan v India, Amstelveen, 2004: 19 runs and four wickets

After missing the Asia Cup, Afridi made his second comeback during the Videocon Cup in 2004, against India once again, in the unlikeliest of venues. Afridi duly announced his arrival with a second-ball six, a gigantic blow straight down the ground. However, the knock would end prematurely on 19, but he compensated for it with a four-wicket haul which helped bundle India for 127. Pakistan ended up winning the rain-affected match by 66 runs.

Pakistan v West Indies, Multan, 2006: One run and no wicket

After another poor tournament during the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy, Afridi was again ousted from the team. A match-winning first-class ton for Habib Bank during the subsequent Pakistan home series against West Indies meant he once again returned midway for the fourth ODI at Multan. However, this return proved largely forgettable as he scored only one run and didn't produce anything of note with the ball either.

Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Dubai, 2011: three wickets

Afridi enjoyed a lengthy run in the team from 2007 to 2011, a period which saw him become the ODI captain. But a row with former coach Waqar Younis following the West Indies tour in 2011 meant he was stripped of the captaincy by Ijaz Butt, the former PCB chairman. As a result, Afridi announced his 'conditional' retirement, stating he wouldn't play under the current cricket board. After Butt's tenure ended five months later, Afridi withdrew his conditional retirement and made a return to the ODI squad in the series against Sri Lanka in the UAE. In his first match, Afridi earned man-of-the-match honours, picking up three wickets. In the fourth match, he became the first player to score 50 and take a five-wicket haul in a match twice.

South Africa v Pakistan, Bloemfontein, 2013: 34 off 16 balls and no wicket

After an unimpressive 2012, when he aggregated 182 runs and 15 wickets in 16 ODIs, Afridi was released from the squad ahead of Pakistan's tour of India in December. But he was back for their next assignment against South Africa and he hit a 16-ball 34 in a mammoth chase in Bloemfontein, which Pakistan ultimately lost. Two games later, he hit 88 off 48 balls, which was marked with one of the biggest sixes you will ever see. But one constant throughout the series was his inability to strike with the ball. He ended up with the unwanted record of bowling the most number of balls (222) in a bilateral series without claiming a wicket.

West Indies v Pakistan, Providence, 2013: 76 runs and seven wickets

Shahid Afrid missed the 2013 Champions Trophy, only the second time in his 17-year career that he had missed an ICC event. However, Pakistan's dismal performance, where they went through the group stage without winning a game, meant the selectors had to once again reconsider the Afridi impact. As a result, he made his ninth ODI comeback in Providence, and conjured arguably his greatest one. Afridi featured first with the bat, scoring 76 off 55 balls after Pakistan were reeling at 47 for 5, and then returned to take 7 for 12, the best ODI figures recorded by a Pakistani bowler, to effectively end the contest.

Mazher Arshad is a freelance writer based in Pakistan. He tweets here.

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  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 6, 2014, 14:38 GMT

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  • POSTED BY GermanPlayer on | July 19, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    You must be a big afridi fan to have come up with this article. For a person who has played well over 300 ODIs, his comebacks are not important. The mere fact that he has had to make so many comebacks speak of his inconsistency.

  • POSTED BY Farrukh.91. on | July 19, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Afridi's ideal time for batting is aound the 25th over of the innings, thats where he can score runs and can also utilise the overs of the opponent's best bowlers, forget his batting no, make him come around the middle of the innings, someone plz tell the management!

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    @Khurram. that was a typo. my bad.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    75 runs from 111 balls render's the rest of the innings terrible and useless to play. Much better option would be afridi play's slow "up" in the order and the score would be run a ball for the whole innings. Please someone tell Misbah there's difference between ODI's And TEST matches , pleaseeeeeee

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    @ 'Posted by bouncer709 on (July 19, 2013, 10:27 GMT): thanks for explanation. NO its not the case that i didnt try to understand. i didnt get the comparison of Mom awards because afridi is allrounder and can have 3 different types of awards ( batting, bowling & allround performance ) & misbah is only batsman. so thats what confused me. about rest of the comment, do agree and about the actual writers comment already said that it makes sense. so your comment that i dont try to understand is self assumption.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    come on guys Afridi is back enjoy hos cricket. the only thing which matters

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    misbah test style is really bad. he has nt learnt frm past. his efforts went in vein in t twenty final against ind frm where he became famous.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    A Cat is supposed to have nine lives! And, Afridi is a "Cool Cat". So, he has to be better than a Cat! Right?

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Afridi is the only match winner player currently in the, i bet no one can never becomes MOM except Afridi.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 6, 2014, 14:38 GMT

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  • POSTED BY GermanPlayer on | July 19, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    You must be a big afridi fan to have come up with this article. For a person who has played well over 300 ODIs, his comebacks are not important. The mere fact that he has had to make so many comebacks speak of his inconsistency.

  • POSTED BY Farrukh.91. on | July 19, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Afridi's ideal time for batting is aound the 25th over of the innings, thats where he can score runs and can also utilise the overs of the opponent's best bowlers, forget his batting no, make him come around the middle of the innings, someone plz tell the management!

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    @Khurram. that was a typo. my bad.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    75 runs from 111 balls render's the rest of the innings terrible and useless to play. Much better option would be afridi play's slow "up" in the order and the score would be run a ball for the whole innings. Please someone tell Misbah there's difference between ODI's And TEST matches , pleaseeeeeee

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    @ 'Posted by bouncer709 on (July 19, 2013, 10:27 GMT): thanks for explanation. NO its not the case that i didnt try to understand. i didnt get the comparison of Mom awards because afridi is allrounder and can have 3 different types of awards ( batting, bowling & allround performance ) & misbah is only batsman. so thats what confused me. about rest of the comment, do agree and about the actual writers comment already said that it makes sense. so your comment that i dont try to understand is self assumption.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    come on guys Afridi is back enjoy hos cricket. the only thing which matters

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    misbah test style is really bad. he has nt learnt frm past. his efforts went in vein in t twenty final against ind frm where he became famous.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    A Cat is supposed to have nine lives! And, Afridi is a "Cool Cat". So, he has to be better than a Cat! Right?

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Afridi is the only match winner player currently in the, i bet no one can never becomes MOM except Afridi.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Misbah is got to go...he encapsulates all the negativity, skepticism and lack of connfidence in the entire team and also emits this in the form of his batting strategy to the top order....no run of the bat in the 1st 5 overs...how do you expect pak to win big chases and big matches with such negativity......pak needs a positive mindset and misbah is blocking the way

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    If it was test cricket, you would be right...What I can't understand is...if the ENTIRE TEAM IS NOT PERFORMING...where is the sense of dropping the one player who can win you the match single handedly............ For those supporting Misbah....a person who in the crucial middle period cannot even rotate the strike is your own enemy........look at AB de villiers for SA, Kohli for India, Sangakkara for SL, you need to have your best run accumulator at that spot....not a fail safe batsman....if you want pak cricket to evolve and develop...which it eventually has too..since misbah won't be around after 2 years..you must start doing it now....replace him with umar amin or fawad alam...take the risk now..and the middle order might find its aggressive own also giving confidence to the top order...otherwise continue to expect such abysmal pefromances and know that pak won't be able to win any major tournaments without luck......

  • POSTED BY captainpermod on | July 19, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Simple methodology: Misbah, is a professional batter lacking big heart and timely decisions. Resulted in many crucial matches for Pakistan. Afridi, extremely talented who did not do justice with his talent. Brave hearted player with occasionally tremendous performances.

  • POSTED BY bouncer709 on | July 19, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    @Abbas Qadir: Misbah make sure to play 50 overs, but score 200 in 50 overs, the same team when come to play in 20 , 20 they score 150+ in 20, 20. So isn't better to score 200 in 30 overs instead of playing 50 overs? it will save time for the nation too. So if this team is not capable to play 30 overs then it means, batsman are junk, remove them from the team, Afrdi is not playing as batsman, he is capturing the position as a bowler.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    @ Numan Naseer , You are too right dear.

  • POSTED BY bouncer709 on | July 19, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    @Khurram S Chaudhry: you don't understand "in fewer matches than misbah, he has 30 MOM awards? ", because you dont try to understand, arfidi got 30 man of the matches awards in 355 matches, it means he is getting man of the match award after every 11 match, and Misbah got only 3 man of the match awards, in 123 matches, which means he is getting man of the match award after 40 matches. Since Misbah joined the team afridi got 15 MOM awards in 122 matches as compared to 3 of Misbah. People who think Afridi got most MOM awards because he played most no of matches, for them Inzimam played 378 matches but got 24 MOM awards, so afridi is better than him too in this regard. Rahul Dravid was called wall of India, but why shoaib Akthar said about him that he was not match winner, he got only 14 man of the match awards playing almost equal no of matches as Afridi.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Afridi is one of the greatest players Pakistan cricket have ever produced, he is an impact player,who can win matches on his own on his day. Ya he dose not perform consistently but his name is enough , if he is in the team the opposition will always think about the Afridi factors similar to Sachin Tendulkar factor in Indian team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Best Player in this era ... !! :) True Legend <3

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    @ asim229. yes you are right Misbah is very slow average player, but give me one reply, you have seen from last 2 years of Misbah captaincy under lot of matches, Pakistan always struggle in start of inning, weather its chasing or setting target. First misbah batting no was no. 6, after that they dont have any regular batsman.

    Now misbah coming on no. 4, but other again same problem we are facing. He is trying to play as a match satiation, he like to give match prolong as play 50 overs instead of 30 overs. I bet you in current time there is no body can play 50 overs if Misbah sit outside. Tell me how is the currect player you can trust that they can play full 50 overs. Dear its a cricket, have to accept reality, If other perform so Misbah get low burden. We never good chaser, even if wasim akram or imran khan captaincy also. Now the time to get some new comers from domestic. But sorry to say there is also a few 1 or 2 batsman which i can see ha potential for National Team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    No comparison of Misbah and Afridi, I have not seen a batsman like Misbah who cannot even change the strike and consume so many balls to do some reasonable score and secondly he converted an attacking Pakistani team into a defensive team. Perfect exemple is now a days Pakistan can't even corss the 170 mark. Pakistan's batting is always poor but the bad patch we are having now is unexplainable. Another point Misbah cannot even judge the player either he can become an asset for Pakistan or not, just going with time whatever management ask him to he serves. Selecting the young players in doesn't make any difference unless you are not play with them. Having a so big population can't even find 5 reasonable batsman and couple of all-rounder which is really pathetic.

  • POSTED BY bingster on | July 19, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Afridi is an ordinary batsman and a decent bowler so I think we should play rehman instead of afridi that will give some variety to the spin attack with rehmans left arm spin or get back raza hassan(wheres he lost by the way).Afridi performs once or twice in a season better to give chances to others younger.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    @ Sufia Mariyah Zamir on (July 19, 2013, 5:23 GMT): what do you mean "in fewer matches than misbah, he has 30 MOM awards? " afridi has played 356 matches now. and misbah 122. rest of your comment, is right but reference to mom is confusing.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | July 19, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    So its better to drop him from now on and allow him to play in another series. He is talented but wasted one. He is brainless when he bat. Emotions run him. I do not like such players who will not use their abilities. There are few players from every country: Irfan Pathan, Agarkar from India, Sothee, N McCullum from NZ, Maroof from SL etc. These people have the ability to bat and bowl but they rarely used it.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    ahabib, you dont get it do you! Afridi's "undisciplined" and "unprofessional" approach wins matches - you remember the entire 2011 world cup dont you? in fewer matches than Misbah, Afridi has won 30 MoM awards, the most for any Pakistani, even more than Inzi and Saeed Anwar. This so-called non-performance won us the 2009 T20 cup, got us in the final of the 2007 t20 cup and in the semi-finals of the 2011 World cup when no one even expected us to get that far.

    Please compare this to Misbahs "disciplined" and "professional" approach which sunk us in the 2007 T20 World cup not to mention the 2011 semi-final, miserable performance in the recently concluded Champions Trophy.

  • POSTED BY nemonemo on | July 19, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    Afridi doesn't have to prove to anybody playing 300 plus matches. He has won many many games for pakistan. He was first selected as a bowler and he is doing his job as bowler, batting is his extra talent. He is far better than any present pak player. He fields, bowls and bat selfishly in the field. Because of inside politics he has been in & out. For pakistans better cricket future Misbah should retire entirely for cricket. If they are dreaming of winning Coming ODI world cup. Common he is already 40.

  • POSTED BY smbhayi on | July 19, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    Someone always critics Afridi... First they critics him he's not bat well consistantly (they not notice he's batting in no.8).. After his lack form he's out of champions trophy (big mistake)... Then he's comeback with a big bang and those two match he's consistant with ball... But still, they, critics says he's not consistant... Remember, Afridi is the consistant and best fielder for Pakistan last two decade..

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    In current situation where Pakistan do not have any world class player in the side like they use to have since 70's I think Afridi and Razzaq should be the consistent part of the team at least for both shorter terms of the game. These 2 are the players who can do anything on their day and by god at least 1-2 in 5 games are their games so what is the harm in keeping them as on other hand you guys are short of talent hunt these days.

    Afridi still have 4-5 years of cricket in him I believe he should remain part of the team and I request also to bring Razzaq who is for god knows reason been sidelined since years where you are have million of chances to Shoaib and Akmal why not test him? don't remember hat he did to Mcgrath, Sachin caliber players with his fascinating batting and outstanding bowling skills.

    I hope with Moin khan becoming the selector we might get these things right now inshAllah!

  • POSTED BY bouncer709 on | July 19, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    @ahabib : do you know ABC of cricket, do you remember Misbah professional shot in T20 WC against India? Misbah played 123 matches and got only 3 man of the match awards, while afridi from 2007 to 2013 played 122 matches and got 15 man of the match award? stupid people still think Misbah is good performer.

    Example to understand Misbah performance well: If you need 30 runs of 30 bals, first block 15 balls, then on next 10 balls make 3 singles, on remaining 5 balls, you will need 27 runs, now try to hit 5 sixes, in trying so get out an leave impossible for Afridi or tail-enders.

    another example: required 30 of 15 balls: on first 12 balls make only 5 runs, on remaining 3 balls hit 3 sixes, in this way you score 23 runs of 15 bals, your strike rate will be 130+ at the end and as you go not out your average will also go up.

    After match finish always say it was good total, out batsman selected wrong shots, pitch was not easy to play, ...... and in next match again repeat these things.

  • POSTED BY salman.ali.rai on | July 18, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    I don't understand why do people start comparing Afridi with Misbah and then come to the conclusion that just because we support Afridi, we don't support professionalism and discipline. Please note that we support Afridi as long as he is playing well and that doesn't just include his batting( which was never consistent) but also his bowling (which is pretty good and useful). We supported him when he was dropped because of his lackluster performance but we are fully backing him again after his brilliant bowling in the last 2 games. On the other hand we also support Misbah for the batting stability he brings to the side. But please stop the comparisons, both of them have different roles in the team.One is there to bat at four as a pure batsman, the other is your primary bowler who is expected by the team to go after quick runs with the bat number 7. Judge them on their respective roles in the team only.

  • POSTED BY asim229 on | July 18, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    @ahabib.What professional performance from Misbah are you taking about? Playing at the runrate of 2 in the ODI and telling other batsmen to play the same way. If that is professionalism then only you can like it. I would always prefer attacking and positive cricket and try to score 300 even if we get out under 100 doing it rather than watching that painfull 150 all out everytime from our team in 50 overs at a runrate of 3. Afridi was always a bowler first who could bat a bit so if our top 6 batsmen never scores then how can he score a 100 everytime batting at 8 when he always comes under pressure when runrate of 10 is required.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    nyce post and i m fully agree with all said abve... well said !!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    worth reading :) great work :)

  • POSTED BY umairaslum on | July 18, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Its a team that can't make 200. So Afridi has his chance. Pakistan is currently without batting talent. Best batsmen Ahmed Shehzad, Shahzeb Hassan and Harris Sohail are not being given confidence. Please note that afridi can bat well batting first but in chases, he may score 1 out of ten times but that won't matter. Pakistan is doing wrong with batting and bowling order. Hafeez should come at 5, Shafiq at 3 or 4. U akmal should be ahead of Hafeez. Afridi has more talent in bowling.

  • POSTED BY ahabib on | July 18, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Ah, the glorious Afridi! What a shame that he can perform only once out of about 15-20 matches he plays. His enduring popularity despite his long record of underperformance may give a clue as to why Pakistan has never been a top cricket team, never been a professional team. Pakistani fans want the boom boom of Afridi, not the disciplined and professional performance of Misbah. People get what they want and deserve. They will have Afridi's (non) performance to enjoy until he is 40.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    A class player for pakistan.won many matches gor them single handledly.but has past his prime an only it pak team tats why Afridi is playing so long if it would hav ben any other intrtnayional team AFRIDI career could hav been finishwd much before.Has the kargest fan folling in world cricket.Could hav been a much greater player if had learn to play undrr pressure.AFRIDI was more talented than what his carrer shows.A mis manage playrr by PCB but aftrr all A laegend for pak cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Cricket is Incomplete without Afridi.

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | July 18, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    better drop him every other game, so every game he plays in is a comeback ....

  • POSTED BY unregistered on | July 18, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    A true match winner. He has won more matches for Pakistan than anyone else ever. Sadly, he is not given due respect by his country-men, or for that matter his cricket board.

    A fairly consistent bowler, and a bonus with the bat sometimes. Also, easily their best fielder in the past 2 decades

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 18, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    @ Batmanindallas :

    Afridi's best days may be behind him, But still he has a lot to offer to the Pakistan team. He is a very good attacking leg spinner in the kumble mould, a rare quality, can be handy with the bat at times but most importantly a brilliant fielder, probably the best Pakistan has produced thus far.

  • POSTED BY Batmanindallas on | July 18, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Afridi is a bowler who swings bat....I still believe his time has passed

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Great all rounder in the world, i like his agressive batting and bowling

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    master of comebacks. well to get most out of him its better to drop him every 2nd series and then a come back to get something special. :)

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  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    master of comebacks. well to get most out of him its better to drop him every 2nd series and then a come back to get something special. :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Great all rounder in the world, i like his agressive batting and bowling

  • POSTED BY Batmanindallas on | July 18, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Afridi is a bowler who swings bat....I still believe his time has passed

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 18, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    @ Batmanindallas :

    Afridi's best days may be behind him, But still he has a lot to offer to the Pakistan team. He is a very good attacking leg spinner in the kumble mould, a rare quality, can be handy with the bat at times but most importantly a brilliant fielder, probably the best Pakistan has produced thus far.

  • POSTED BY unregistered on | July 18, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    A true match winner. He has won more matches for Pakistan than anyone else ever. Sadly, he is not given due respect by his country-men, or for that matter his cricket board.

    A fairly consistent bowler, and a bonus with the bat sometimes. Also, easily their best fielder in the past 2 decades

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | July 18, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    better drop him every other game, so every game he plays in is a comeback ....

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Cricket is Incomplete without Afridi.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    A class player for pakistan.won many matches gor them single handledly.but has past his prime an only it pak team tats why Afridi is playing so long if it would hav ben any other intrtnayional team AFRIDI career could hav been finishwd much before.Has the kargest fan folling in world cricket.Could hav been a much greater player if had learn to play undrr pressure.AFRIDI was more talented than what his carrer shows.A mis manage playrr by PCB but aftrr all A laegend for pak cricket.

  • POSTED BY ahabib on | July 18, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Ah, the glorious Afridi! What a shame that he can perform only once out of about 15-20 matches he plays. His enduring popularity despite his long record of underperformance may give a clue as to why Pakistan has never been a top cricket team, never been a professional team. Pakistani fans want the boom boom of Afridi, not the disciplined and professional performance of Misbah. People get what they want and deserve. They will have Afridi's (non) performance to enjoy until he is 40.

  • POSTED BY umairaslum on | July 18, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Its a team that can't make 200. So Afridi has his chance. Pakistan is currently without batting talent. Best batsmen Ahmed Shehzad, Shahzeb Hassan and Harris Sohail are not being given confidence. Please note that afridi can bat well batting first but in chases, he may score 1 out of ten times but that won't matter. Pakistan is doing wrong with batting and bowling order. Hafeez should come at 5, Shafiq at 3 or 4. U akmal should be ahead of Hafeez. Afridi has more talent in bowling.