Ten facts you never want to miss about Pakistan’s number 10 Shahid Afridi

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It has been 18 years since Shahid Afridi hit that famous century in his first international innings. Since then, he has always entertained every cricket fan with his aggressive batting and flamboyant bowling. In order to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the historic innings, we present some less known facts about Afridi.

  1. Ahead of his second ODI against Sri Lanka, he saw a dream in which he blasted sixes all over the ground against the Sri Lankan bowlers and the very next day his dream became a reality. This is the match where he scored the fastest century (till Anderson broke the record only a few months ago) in the history of ODI cricket in only 37 balls. His scoring sequence reads like 0610400600661166264400661411041606024100.
  2. In the aforementioned match, he did not even use his own bat and borrowed one from Waqar Younis to score the century.
  3. Shahid Afridi holds the record of maximum number of sixes in one-day internationals with 333 sixes. Only Sri Lankan batsman Sanath Jayasuriya and West Indian star Chris Gayle have hit more than 200 sixes. It seems this record will be Afridi’s, for ever.
  4. Shahid holds the record of most number of Man of the Match awards in ODI as a Pakistani cricketer and his tally of 32 is 5th highest among players of all nations combined.
  5. The guy, who was devastating with the bat, also chipped on effective performances with the ball. He took 378 wickets in ODI career which stand him eighth in all time bowlers list of most wickets in ODI. Moreover, he is the second spinner (first as a Pakistani spinner) to feature in that list and he holds the unique feet of scoring more than 7000 runs and claiming more than 350 wickets in One Day International cricket.
  6. He has scored five smashing half-centuries off 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 balls and is the only player in the world to do so.
  7. Afridi is pronounced as Lala (big brother) by majority of his fans as he belongs to the Pakhtun tribe of Khyber Pakhtunkwa.
  8. Indian commentator Ravi Shastri gave him the title ‘Boom Boom’ after his power-hitting display against Sri Lanka.
  9. India-Pakistan rivalry is not new in Cricket history. The players have always hit the headlines with interesting comments and the Pakistani superstar was no exception to this. After a fine knock against India in which he hit the Indian spinners all over the park, he told the press, “It was fun out there. At one stage, Anil Kumble asked me where he should bowl to me so that I am not able to hit the ball.”
  10. Though Afridi has always considered Sachin Tendulkar as the greatest player of the game, very few know that he supported Shoaib Akhtar when the speedster said that Sachin was too afraid to play his fast deliveries. To back up his compatriot, Shahid Afridi claimed, “While fielding, I saw Tendulkar’s legs shivering while facing his bowling.”

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