Shahid Afridi

Pakistan|Allrounder
Shahid Afridi
INTL CAREER: 1996 - 2018
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Full Name

Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi

Born

March 01, 1980, Khyber Agency

Age

43y 357d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak Googly

Playing Role

Allrounder

RELATIONS

(brother),

(brother),

(nephew),

(son-in-law)

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.
Osman Samiuddin

Shahid Afridi Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Tests27481171615636.51197386.975822052100
ODIs39836927806412423.576892117.006397303511270
T20Is999112141654*17.92944150.000410373300
FC1131854569516431.46--1231--780
List A501467311088112424.95--858--1530
T20s32927938439910118.252858153.91110326252970

Bowling

FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Tests274731941709485/525/4335.603.2166.5110
ODIs39837217670136323957/127/1234.514.6244.7490
T20Is999721682396984/114/1124.446.6322.1300
FC113-1365770982666/101-26.683.1151.3-80
List A501-22377172535107/127/1233.824.6243.85110
T20s329323699479073475/75/722.786.7820.1920
Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi

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Shahid Afridi is forever the Star Man
Parthiv Patel looks on with Shahid Afridi going for a big shot in his 11-ball 22
Shahid Afridi brings out his star celebration
Shahid Afridi signs autographs for fans
Shahid Afridi's last over wasn't enough for Toronto Nationals
Shahid Afridi was on a hat-trick late in the chase