Full name: Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi
Born: March 1, 1980, Khyber Agency
Current age: 39 years
Playing role: Allrounder
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Legbreak googly
Relation: Brother – Tariq Afridi, Brother – Ashfaq Afridi, Nephew – Mohammed Irfan
Shahid Khan Afridi popularly known as Boom Boom. Shahid Afridi is a Pakistani cricketer and former captain of the Pakistan Cricket team. He is a successful all-rounder.
Boom Boom Afridi was the world record holder for the fastest ODI century in only 37 deliveries. He also holds the record of the most number of sixes in the history of ODI cricket.
Boom Boom Afridi considers himself a better bowler than a batsman. He has taken 48 Test wickets & over 350 in ODIs. Recently he is leading the chart of most T20 wickets with 98 wickets from 99 matches.
Afridi also holds a record of taking the most wickets (98) & most player-of-the match awards in Twenty20 International cricket.
Afridi announced his retirement from international cricket On 19 February 2017.
Shahid Afridi News – Cricket Records, Age and Career Info
Early and personal life
Shahid Afridi was born on 1st March 1980 in Khyber Agency (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) Pakistan. He’s from the Afridi tribe of Pashtuns.
Boom Boom Afridi is married to his maternal cousin Nadia Afridi & has four daughters.
The name of his daughters are Aqsa, Ansha, Ajwa and Asmara.
In October 1996 at the age of 16, Afridi played the ODI match as a leg spinner as a replacement for the injured Mushtaq Ahmed.
He made his debut on 2 October 1996 against Kenya. However, he did not take any wicket and not scored.
In the next match against Sri Lanka team, He batted at the number 3. In his 1st international innings, he broke the record for fastest century in ODI cricket.
Afridi make his hundred from 37 balls only. He struck 11 sixes also equaled the record for most in an ODI innings.
At the Age of 16 years and 217 days, Afridi became the youngest player to score an ODI century. Pakistan posted a total of 371 runs at the time the 2nd highest in ODIs, and won by 82 runs. Afridi was named man of the match.
The New Zealand Cricket player Corey Anderson on 1st January 2014 broken the record for fastest century in ODI who hit 131* runs from 36 balls.
And this record is now held by South-African crickete player AB de Villiers who made a century from just 31 balls on 18th January 2015 against West Indies.
After 2 years, Shahid Afridi made his Test debut in the 3rd game of a 3-match series vs Australia on 22nd October 1998. He opened the batting, making scores of 10 and 6 & took 5 wickets in the 1st innings.
Afridi played his 2nd Test the next January during Pakistan’s tour of India. It was the first Test between the two countries since 1990.
Again opening the batting, Afridi scored his maiden Test century and scored 141 runs from 191 balls. In the same match he also claimed 3 wickets for 54 runs.
After winning the first match by 12 runs, Pakistan lost the 2nd to draw the series.
Boom Boom Afridi made his presence felt in the 3rd test against India in March 2005. And he scored a quick-fire 2nd-innings half-century & taking 5 wickets in the match (including Tendulkar twice.
In the month of April Afridi struck what at the time was the equal 2nd-fastest century in ODIs. He reached 100 off 45 deliveries vs India, sharing the record with West Indian player Brian Lara.
After winning the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 the captain Younis Khan announced his retirement from Twenty20 cricket the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) later on announced that Shahid Afridi had taken over as captain in T20.
The appointment was initially for just 1 Cricket match, with a decision on the permanent replacement to be made later.
Afridi was caught on camera biting into the ball towards the end of the 5th Common wealth Bank ODI series in Australia On 31st January 2010. Later Afridi pleaded guilty to ball tampering & he was banned from 2 Twenty20 matches.
In March 2010 the board announced Shahid Afridi as ODI captain in place of the sacked Mohammad Yousuf.
In July 2010, Afridi captained Pakistan in the 1st Test of the series at Lord’s against Australia. He scored 31 off 15 deliveries in the 1st innings and 2 in the 2nd. After the match, he announced retirement from Test
The team toured New Zealand between December 2010 & February 2011 for 2 Tests, 6 ODIs, and 3 T20Is. Pakistan lost the first 2 T20Is but won the third. In the final match Afridi became the 1st cricketer to reach 50 international wickets in the format.
Shahid Afridi News – Cricket Records, Age and Career Info
In the same match, he also became the 1st cricketer to have completed the double of 500 runs and 50 wickets in the T20 cricket.
When Pakistan’s squad for the World Cup 2011 was announced, no captain was named. Afridi as ODI captain and Misbah-ul-Haq the Test captain were the front runners for the position.
Pakistan lost the 1st match against New Zealand by 8 wickets, the 2nd match got rained out. In the 3rd match Muhammad Hafeez scored a century & Afridi scored 65 from just 25 balls. And Pakistan won by 2 wickets.
The 5th ODI was won for Pakistan by 43 runs of a maiden ODI-century from Ahmed Shehzad. Afridi helped in the lower order by scoring 24 & taking 2 top order wickets to help guide Pakistan to a 43-run victory and their 1st ODI series win in two years.
After gaining the victory as a captain vs New Zealand, the PCB announced Shahid Afridi as Pakistan’s captain for the 2011 World Cup.
After the World Cup Pakistan toured the West Indies for a T20I, 5 ODIs, and 2 Tests. Pakistan lost the only T20 but won the ODI series that followed 3–2. Afridi took 2 wickets and scored 28 runs in the series.
Conditional retirement and return (2011–2017)
On 30th May Afridi announced his conditional retirement from international cricket in strike against his treatment by the PCB.
Afridi is the only one to have played 50 T20Is as of 9 July 2012. He holds the most Player of the Match awards with 7, one above Sanath Jayasuriya & Kevin Pietersen who are both tied in second place with 6.
In 2013 during the 1st ODI game vs the West Indies in Guyana, Afridi finished with figures of 7/12. The 2nd best ODI bowling figures of all time.
In July 2014, Afridi played for the Rest of the World side in the Bicentenary Celebration match at Lord’s.
After 2015 Cricket World Cup, Afridi announced his retirement from ODI cricket. Pakistan lost to Australia in the quarter final & lost the tournament.
In September 2016, the PCB announced the retirement of Afridi. And In 2017, Afridi announced that he quit international cricket after 21 years. By saying that he would continue to play domestic T20 for another 2 years before retiring.
Afridi announced his retirement from Test cricket In July 2010. After the 2015 ICC World Cup, he also retired from ODI cricket. In February 2017, Afridi announced his retirement from T20Is & international cricket.
Batting and fielding averages
|Test debut||Pakistan v Australia at Karachi, Oct 22-26, 1998|
|Last Test||Australia v Pakistan at Lord’s, Jul 13-16, 2010|
|ODI debut||Kenya v Pakistan at Nairobi (Aga), Oct 2, 1996|
|Last ODI||Australia v Pakistan at Adelaide, Mar 20, 2015|
|T20I debut||England v Pakistan at Bristol, Aug 28, 2006|
|Last T20I||ICC World XI v West Indies at Lord’s, May 31, 2018|
|Last First-class||Lahore Whites v Habib Bank Limited at Lahore, Nov 16-18, 2015|