Shahid Afridi: A master of sixes and the king of bowling googlies

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Shahid Afridi: A master of sixes and the king of bowling googlies  

One Day International and Twenty20 cricket captain of the Pakistan team, Shahid Afridi is deemed to be a cricketer, which cricket itself has never and will never see another like him. An aggressive personality always deals with bowlers very strictly to hit their balls out of the park. It would not be wrong that he is an inventor of a cricket term the “Boom” “Boom,” which means bang the shots into the sky for a 6. Because Afridi and a 6 correlate with each other, as he always loves to hit one.

An all-rounder batsman is very strong to smash big hits and then spinning his deliveries with many varieties. A versatile leg spinner cleaned his career with habitual leg-breaks, two googlies, a fuller straighter and a lethal faster one within ten years. In a limited over game he is a very dangerous package for opponent bowlers to score quickly and then deceiving their batsmen with his rolling deliveries.

After the T20 win of 2009 Champions, he is shaping well to play reasonable cricket as his nation wants from him to do that.  Boom Boom Afridi is a very popular slogan by his lovers and it is proved when in a survey of 2007, Afridi was named as the most popular cricketer in Pakistan.

Shahid Afridi with his full unique name of Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi was born on 1 March, 1980 in Khyber Agency of the Federal areas of Pakistan. He is enjoying his personal life with his two daughters, Aqsa and Ansha. At the age of 16, he entered in the cricket world as leg spinner by replacing the injured Mushtaq Ahmed and gained nobility as a pinch-hitter, managing himself as an opening pair with Saeed Anwar. He has set many records on his credits for Pakistan in the history of cricket and currently serving his country with Captaincy for the national team in the ICC World Cup 2011.

This person is very keen to smash for a 6 and holds a remarkable record of the most number of sixes in one day cricket. A crowd puller player in cricket remains unable to control his urge to play big shots into the sky with not much of class and doesn’t care to be caught on his ridiculous shots usually. However, mostly anywhere in the order, consistency has been missing. 

In 2005, in the third Test match against India, he shows his presence scoring a quick-fire half century with a 5 wickets haul and setting his team to the win against their rivals India. In 2007 World T20, he was a little slow with his bat but was very smart with his ball, earning his name as man of the series after losing a great final match against India. However in 2009, he improvised his qualities according to conditions and set his country with a win as the World T20 2010 Champions. He also claimed himself as a leading bowler to cross the fastest 50 wickets in this tournament and ended that tournament with 53 wickets.

Afridi started his first-class career in 1995-6 and performing well he managed himself to set into a strong team in his teen years. Test format did not prove suitable for him so he has played just 27 International Tests with scoring 1,716 runs with an average of 35.60. He made his debut against Australia in home series at Karachi and has set a 5 wickets haul in his first Test match. He has 5 quick centuries and 8 hammering half-centuries with the highest score of 156 runs with 48 Test wickets.

He made his debut in One Day International cricket in 1996 at Nairobi against Kenya. He has played 312 ODIs scoring 6,583 runs including the highest score of 124 runs with an average of 23.93. In this format of cricket he has 6 splendid hundreds and 31 fifties with a total of 292 wickets.

In T20 International, Afridi feels it much easier for him and has featured in 42 matches with scoring 671 runs in total with 53 wickets.

However overall in the first-class cricket he has played 111 matches with a total score of 5,631 setting an average at 31.45. He has 12 hundreds and 30 fifties with 258 wickets.

Afridi has proved himself as a real star of Pakistan cricket. He holds the record phenomena records for Pakistan, setting the fastest century and including a world record above 280 sixes and with 53 fastest wickets in T20 International.   

 Afridi has shaped and adjusted well after claiming the captaincy for the Pakistan team. He always motivates his team-mates for winning the matches and is very hopeful for the title of “Champions” in the ICC World Cup 2011. Afridi in his first warm-up win over Bangladesh played on 15th February at Mirpur has shown his determinations for winning. After making rest in the second warm-up match he is determined for a winning start of his first World Cup match. Pakistan will play his first World Cup match against Kenya on 23rd February at Hambantota and Afridi believes, “Realistically, with the kind of team we have, we should really make the semi-final and of course we want to play the final and win it - everyone does - but we should make the semi."