Shahid Afridi is a talented Pakistani cricketer and ex-captain of the national cricket team of Pakistan. He has a record of earning maximum wickets and most player of the match rewards in T-20 International Cricket. He is known for his energetic and lively batting style and has a distinguished record of the fastest One Day International century in thirty-seven supplies. Shahid is also known as BOOM BOOM Afridi in the history of cricket. He has a lot of capacity to turn the face of the game completely. His nicknames are Lala and Boom Boom Afridi. Let has a look at his early life and career.
Early Life of Shahid Afridi
Full name of Shahid Khan Afridi is Shahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi. He was born on first March 1980 in a Tribal area of Khyber Paktoon Kha. He belongs to the Afridi ethnic group of Pashtuns. He is a cousin of Javed Afridi, who is CEO of Haier Pakistan. Afridi is wedded to Nadia and has four daughters, Ajwa Afridi, Asmara Afridi, Aqsa Afridi and Ansha Afridi. Shahid Afridi belongs to a Muslim family and he is a good Muslim. He took part in a lot of Preaching activities of Islam According to sources, he left his MBBS degree because of his cricket career.
The beginning of Afridi's Career in Cricket
In October, the year 1996 when he was 16 years old, Afridi was enrolled into the One Day International team as a substitute for the injured Mushtaq Ahmed in four-nation Sameer Cup 1996 and 1997. He played his first ever match on 2 October against Kenya, but he did not bat and left wicketless. In the following match versus Sri Lanka, Afridi batted at number three and proved himself as a pinch-hitter. He broke the best ever grading for the fastest century in ODI cricket in his first international match and attained his hundred from thirty-seven balls.
His Later Achievements in Cricket
Shahid Afridi has a lot of capacity to turn the face of the match. Because of him, Pakistan won a lot of matches. One of the great victories is against India when he hit 2 Sixes to Ashwin on 2 balls. Afridi was rewarded the man of the match award after that record. His 2nd fastest century is VS India he smashed 100runs on just 45 balls. In 2009 Shahid Afridi was awarded the captaincy of Pakistani International Team of T-20 after Younis Khan and after that, he became ODI captain for the 2010 Asia Cup. In his first match of ODI after captaincy, he scored a century and showed his brilliant performance.
Shahid Afridi's Records and Statistics
Shahid Afridi is the man who is holding a lot of records Including fastest fifty and a century and Shahid Afridi is having the record for winning the most number of wickets as captain in T20. He is also holding the record for the best bowling figure as captain in T20. He holds the record for taking the most number of T20 wickets also.
In his first test match VS Australia in National Stadium Karachi, Pakistan he hauled 5 wickets in 1998. He also hauled 7 wickets Vs West Indies in his 355th match in Providence Stadium Providence, Guyana in 2013. He also has a record of most sixes in T-20 International cricket.
Afridi was the captain of Peshawar Zalmi of PSL and his cousin Javed Afridi was the owner but now he is moved to Karachi Kings in 3rd Sessions of PSL. There is a movie on the life and career of Shahid Afridi with the title of Maan Hoon Shahid Afridi. Shahid Afridi is a humanitarian also and running a Shahid Afridi Foundation. He is very interested in charity work.
Shahid Afridi Foundation
Shahid Afridi Foundation (SAF) is an organization truly committed to serving people with love and support. Shahid Afridi Foundation is a non-profit organization. The foundation works like a family where every member is working towards a single objective of helping the underprivileged sections of society. The main focus is on helping those who are in need of a healthy life, access to a proper education and basic medical necessities. Children are indeed the future of a country and they need to be equipped with the tool of education, thus allowing them to bloom individually and contribute towards the betterment of society.