Shahid Afridi Biography
Shahid Afridi is an all-rounder from Pakistan cricket team who bats right handed and bowls right arm leg spin. He is popularly known as Boom Boom Afridi due to his power hitting abilities.
||Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi
||Boom Boom Afridi
|Date of Birth
||Saturday, March 01, 1980
|Place of Birth
||Khyber Agency, FATA, Pakistan
||Tariq Afridi, Iqbal Afridi, Mushtaq Afridi, Ashfaq Afridi
||Aqsa and Ansha
||Graduated from Islamia Science College
||5 ft 11 inch (1.80 m)
||Right Arm Leg Spin
|Role in Team
||Test Debut: Vs Australia, 22 October 1998
ODI Debut: Vs Kenya, 2 October 1996
T20 Debut: Vs England, 28 August 2006
|Highest Batting Rankings:
||Tests: 32 on 21 January 2006
ODI: 22 on 2 October 1997
|Highest Bowling Rankings:
||Tests: 38 on 27 July 2006
ODI: 7 on 24 May 2010
|Awards And Achievements:
||Fastest Century In ODI
Five 5-wicket hauls
11 International Centuries
Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi was born on 1st March 1980 to a Pashto family in Khyber Agency in FATA, Pakistan. His father name is Fazal-ur-Rehman while nothing much is known about his mother. He has 4 sisters and 6 brothers as siblings.
He is married to Nadia and has 2 daughters Aqsa and Ansha.
Shahid Afridi made his international debut at the age of 16 years and 217 days against Kenya on October 2, 1996. He was not successful in that match, but in his next match against a quality side Sri Lanka he made history by scoring the fastest ODI century off just 37 balls which is still a record. He stroked 11 sixes and 6 fours and became the youngest player to score an ODI century.
He made his Test debut against Australia on October 22, 1998 and scored only 10 and 6 in 2 innings but took 5 wickets in the first innings. He made his first Test century (141) playing only his second test against India and took 3 wickets.
He again struck a quick fire century off just 45 balls against India and equaled the joint record of second fastest ODI century with Brian Lara.
Afridi came in to the scene as an aggressive batsman but soon found his rhythm in bowling first as a fast bowler before converting to spin. Seeing his hard hitting abilities and wicket taking capabilities earned him the tag of best all rounder in the world.
He led his side as captain in 34 ODI with 18 wins and 15 losses. He retired from cricket soon after the West Indies tour in 2011 after the World Cup.
Bans & Criticism
He faced various bans in his International career and was occasionally criticized for his bad behavior on the field. First such incident happened in November 2005 when he was banned for one test and two ODI for causing damage to the pitch. He accepted his fault and felt guilty for it.
He was again charged in February 2007 when he misbehaved with the spectator after being dismissed. He was suspended for four ODIs and missed first two matches of 2007 World Cup.
He was also involved in ball tampering case during the CB series in Australia and was banned for two T20 matches.
Shahid Afridi was first appointed as the captain of Pakistan T20 cricket team after Younis Khan stepped down from the position after the win in 2009 T20 World Cup.
He was appointed as the ODI captain of Pakistan for the Asia Cup in 2010.
But he fully attainted the command of Pakistan cricket team on May 25, 2010 when he was announced captain for all the three forms of cricket. He was also named the captain of the squad selected for 2011 Cricket World Cup. Pakistan did well under his captaincy and won the ODI series after 2 years against New Zealand.
As a captain in 2011 World Cup he led the Pakistan side to semifinal where they lost to India by 29 runs. Pakistan finished on Top in their group after beating Australia and breaking their 33 match winning streak. He was the highest wicket taking spinner in the tournament and joint highest wicket taker with Zaheer Khan.
Awards & Achievements
Shahid Afridi made many records and some of them are still held by him. Some of his achievements are:
- Fastest and the second fastest Century in ODI.
- Scoring second highest number of runs in an over in ODI (32).
- Most number sixes in ODI.
- Leading wicket taker in T20.
- Longest six in the history of ODI against Australia.