I understand that I may well be lynched on the streets for this one, but I think I will still go ahead with it! You see, my post is on a player who has fascinated me ever since I was old enough to understand cricket, and surprisingly, he happens to be a Pakistani (hence my fears!).

Shahid Afridi, has, without a doubt, played his last World Cup game on Wednesday, the game which took us to the finals, and sent him back home. But among all the hoopla surrounding our own team, I felt as if I had to dedicate atleast a few lines to the person who has unarguably been one of the greatest entertainers of the game.


The DLF IPL starts barely 5 days after the World Cup ends, which shows its meteoric rise in importance in the cricket calendar. Now suddenly we have people who are considered “T-20 specialists” and even a new type of bat, specially designed for big hitting! Shahid Afridi played the   T-20 style much before Lalit Modi decided to make it the next big money-minter in cricket. Sample this, people, he was 16 years 217 days old playing his second international match when he smashed a 37-ball century against Sri-Lanka in 1996. Stats of the match? Record for fastest century in ODI cricket. Record for most number of sixes in an innings(eleven). Record for youngest player to score an ODI century. All in a single match.This was the style he carried throughout his carrier, earning him the nickname Shahid “Boom Boom” Afridi.

Out of the seven fastest ODI centuries of all time, three of them are from his explosive bat. As of 27 February 2011, he has an ODI strike rate of 113.83 runs per 100 balls, the third highest in the game's history.  He holds the record for the second highest scoring over ever in an ODI, scoring 32 runs in a single over. He also has the distinction of having hit the most number of sixes in the history of ODI cricket. Currently Afridi is the leading wicket taker in the Twenty20 format taking 53 wickets from 41 matches.

He has been terribly inconsistent, been mired in controversies and had horrible patches in his career. Probably never will he be considered among the greats. But for us, who grew up watching him demolish attacks like a juggernaut, he will be a legend. And yes, I know I will not be the only one when I say I will be missing the excitement of watching him come out to bat. Take a bow, Boom Boom!

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for this lovely post buddy!

    There was a reason why we liked Afridi right from the beginning... and that is his boom boom style of batting. There were elements of a few of those hefty blows in his miniature knock in the semis. Even though he had a poor run with the bat this tournament, isn't he the leading wicket taker!

    By the end of this world cup, for a certain generation of us, who grew up watching the likes of the Afridis, Gangulys, Murali etc. will have to once more bid adieu to some of the games finest players.

    Not to take anything away from any of these players, but the ones we grow up watching are the ones we cherish the most.

    His attitude and approach as a captain has been no doubt exemplary and rightly among the top captain's this WC.

    Thank you for those great yester years!

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  2. I was one of the guys, who hated this cricketer a lot! But this article on Zee News has converted me :) Why do we hate India? asks Afridi
    Do have a read guys!

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  3. :) loved the news post...thanx for posting it Sir! looks like his heart is as great as his looks :D

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  4. @Rupsa : Knew you liked him more for his looks :P

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  5. Sample this, people, he was 16 years 217 days old playing his second international match when he smashed a 37-ball century against Sri-Lanka in 1996.
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    You buy into it???These porkistani players fake their ages...lol

    And I don't think he was the trend-setter for pinch hitting.I believe it was Sanath Jayasurya and Kaluwitharane of srilanka in 96 WC...



    BATMAN

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  6. :) loved the news post...thanx for posting it Sir! looks like his heart is as great as his looks :D
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    A porki heart rarely tends to be pure... :D :P

    And I would like to know whom girls prefer...Yuvraj or Afridi???

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  7. @Vishal Sir,

    Please do google about the following issues...

    Kashmiri Pandits genocide
    Drug addiction in Punjab(supplied from porkistan border)
    Deganga riots


    Never love these porkies or bangaldeshis....

    Afridi's statement is just a trick to play in IPL,nothing else....



    BATMAN

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  8. @Anonymous....i do appreciate your views, but being a player of many sports myself, I can only tell you this much, NEVER, EVER, ever run someone down. I beleive in giving people their due respect. And I don not think Afridi has killed a Kashmiri Pandit or supplied drugs or participated in riots. And tell you what? I am a Bangladeshi too, in a sense, my family was refugees 50 years back!

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  9. @Rupsa Well said! Just because a few idiots ruin the party, doesn't mean you ask the bouncers to clear out the pub!

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  10. @rupchere

    BSF on Friday claimed that a Harkat-ul Ansar militant killed by them recently in south Kashmir was a cousin of Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi.

    More at :http://www.expressindia.com/news/fullstory.php?newsid=24618

    Looks like every family in pakistan has such links...lol


    Regarding you being Bangladeshi refugee,we all know that there is a cut-off date of 1971,which is a standard to consider B-refugees as INDIANS..So,you are now INDIAN and nothing else...And please "do" READ BETWEEN THE LINES as I can't be forthright while mentioning some issues for the sake of political correctness... :P



    @Vishal Sir,
    Don't be so forgiving...Typical Indian heart....
    We will have to go the ISRAEL WAY to tackle these pakistanis....No mercy...
    If we forgive these people,it will be a slight to our NSG martyrs and Army...
    JAI HIND..


    BATMAN

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  11. Good one BATMAN

    -Robin

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