Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi is a national cricketer of Pakistan. He is a sort of celebrity, who is famous among all the age-levels equally. He is respected and appreciated not only across the country but all over the world. He is an all-rounder and best known for his capricious and whimsical nature of hitting the ball while batting. He is a hard-hitting batsman and has capability to change the whole scenario of a match one-handedly. His capability to arouse excitement in the crowd earned him a nick name as Boom Boom Afridi. He has represented his country in all forms of cricket i.e. Test, One-day International, and Twenty20. He has played 27 Test, 398 ODIs and 82 T20s. He holds the record of hitting the longest six of any form of the game. He previously held the record for the fastest century of ODI in 37 balls. Afridi also holds the record of hitting most number of sixes in the history of ODI cricket. Besides his batting, he also bowls as a right-arm leg spinner.
Shahid Khan Afridi was born on March 1, 1980 in Khyber Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan. He belongs to the Afridi tribe of Pashtuns. He is married and father of four daughters.
Shahid Afridi was called to join national side at the time when he was representing the country from A-Team as a leg-spinner. Interestingly, he was called for his bowling since he was a bowler. He became a member of national side against Kenya with ODI debut on October 2, 1996. However, it was his next match, which earned him such a great name that lasted and will last forever. The achievement he earned in his just second game made him a batting all-rounder instead of bowling. Afridi just earned a record as he knocked the fastest century in the history of ODIs as he hit it on just 37 balls with 13 sixes which is another record in a century knock. His record lasted for more than one and half decade unless it was broken at last. Since that achievement, he became a crucial member of the national side and was even included to the Test squad against Australia two years later of his ODI debut. He played first Test in October 22, 1998 against Australia. However, as he was a hard-hitter in batting, he could not much succeeded in the longest form of cricket. His Test career sees couple of inclusions and exclusions from the side as he did not maintain consistency in the classical form of cricket. He ended up from Test in July 13, 2010 against the very team he debut with, Australia. However, his nature of playing fast cricket had introduced a sort of aura in international cricket that many cricketers from around the world started playing fast cricket. And it was this inclination that resulted in the emergence of the shortest form of cricket known as Twenty20. Afridi’s T20 career started on August 28, 2006 against England. Later, he became captain of the side for the shortest form of the game.
He ended up his ODI career after scoring 8,064 runs with an average of 23.57 that includes 6 centuries and 39 fifties and his top knock was 124. As far bowling, he bagged 395 wickets at the average of 34.51 where 9 times he ended with 5 wickets in a match.
In Test, he scored 1716 with an average of 36.51 and he made 5 centuries along with 8 fifties with a top knock of 156. He got 48 wickets in Test with one five-wicket haul.
He played 82* T20 till October 2015 and had scored 1218 at batting average of 19.03 with four fifties and no century. His top knock in T20 is 54* and he bagged 83 wickets as well.
Achievements & Awards:
Shahid Khan Afridi had been awarded two Lux Style Awards for the category of Most Stylish Sportsperson. He was awarded first in 2007 and later in 2011. However, it is not end of the awards as Afridi was also awarded with Pride of Performance Award in 2010.
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