Player Profile – Shahid Afridi
This is the player profile of Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi.
Basic Details about Shahid Afridi
Full Name: Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi
Nick Name(s): Boom Boom, Lala, Afridi
Date of Birth: 1st March, 1980
Place of Birth: Khyber Agency, FATA, Pakistan
Height: 6 ft (1.82 m)
Professional Details about Shahid Afridi
Batting Style: Right handed
Bowling Style: Right arm leg spin
Role in the team: All Rounder
First Class Debut: 1995/96
List A Debut: 1995/96
First One Day International: Vs Kenya at Nairobi on 2nd October, 1996
First Test Match: Vs Australia at Karachi on 22nd October, 1998
First T20I Match: Vs England at Bristol on 28th August, 2006
Teams Played for: Pakistan, ICC World XI, Asian XI, Habib Bank Ltd, Karachi, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Melbourne Renegades, South Australia, Deccan Chargers, Griqualand West, Dhaka Gladiators and Fly Emirates XI.
More about Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi announced himself on the world cricket stage as soon as he made his debut on 2nd October 1996. In the next match against Sri Lanka, Afridi replaced injured leg spinner Mushtaq Ahmed in the Sameer Cup four nations tournament, which was played in Nairobi, Kenya. Shahid Afridi was promoted as a pinch hitter and he broke the fastest One Day International century by scoring it in just 37 balls. He hit eleven sixes during that innings and that also made him the youngest player to score a century in an ODI as he was just 16 years and 217 days old.
Known for his fearsome batting ever since that match against the Sri Lankans, Afridi gradually also developed himself as an all rounder. His lethal ‘faster one’ always used to create panic among even the top most batsmen across the world. Despite having such skills Shahid Afridi could never become a force in the longer version of the game. Despite having a great career of around 18 years now, Shahid Afridi has played only 27 test matches in all.
But Shahid Afridi did get the honor to lead his national team in the shorter versions of the game. As soon as the T20I captain Younis Khan announced his retirement from the Twenty20 version, PCB announced Shahid Afridi as a captain of the team. Afridi even leads his team to the semi-finals of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, which was Co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh but lost to the eventual champions India in the semi final game, played at Mohali.
Same year angered by the treatment given by the PCB, Shahid Afridi took a temporary retirement from the international cricket and was even fined by the PCB for his act, but he returned to the team as a part of the out of the court settlement in November 2011 for the series against Sri Lanka in the UAE.