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Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi

Personal Profile (Personal Biography)

Full Name: Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi
Nick Name: Boom-boom
Date of Birth (Birthday): Mar 01, 1980
Birth Place: Khyber Agency, FATA, Pakistan
Height: 5 ft 11 in
Batting style: Right
Bowling style: Right-arm medium, Legbreak googly
Role: All Rounder, Pakistan captain
Marital Status: Married
Major Team : Asia XI, Deccan Chargers, Fly Emirates XI, Griqualand West, Habib Bank Limited, ICC World XI, Karachi, Leicestershire, South Australia
National Team : Pakistan
Sports Played : Cricket

Afridi made his ODI debut on 2 October 1996 against Kenya in Nairobi and his Test debut on 22 October 1998 against Australia at Karachi. Shahid is known for his aggressive batting style, and currently holds the highest career strike rate in the history of international cricket. He also holds the record for the fastest one day century which he made in his debut innings in his second one day international, as well as scoring 32 runs in a single over, the second highest scoring over ever in an ODI. Shahid Afridi also holds the distinction of having hit the most number of sixes in the history of One Day International cricket. In a survey taken in 2007, Afridi was named as the most popular cricketer in Pakistan.

Cricket Career

  • - On 4 October 1996, playing his maiden international innings, Afridi hit the fastest One-Day century off 37 balls against Sri Lanka in Nairobi. His innings included 28 runs off one of Sanath Jayasuriya's overs, whose record he broke.
  • - Afridi made a half-century from 26 balls and took 3 second-innings wickets in Pakistan's series-drawing Test victory against India in March 2005.
  • - Shahid holds the record for highest aggregate sixes scored in the 50-over game and the most sixes per innings record.
  • - Shahid scored four consecutive sixes off a Harbhajan Singh over in a Test match against India in January 2006, matching a feat that Kapil Dev achieved in 1990.
  • - Afridi was the first player to score 12 runs off one ball, by hitting the roof of the Millennium Stadium. This took place in a game of Power Cricket.
  • - Made 32 runs off a Malinga Bandara over in an ODI game at Abu Dhabi in 2007. He struck four consecutive sixes and it was the 2nd most expensive over in ODI history.
  • - Shahid Afridi is only the third player in ODI history to achieve the combination of 6000 runs, 100 catches and 250 wickets. The other players being Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya and South Africa's Jacques Kallis.
  • - On 21 June 2010, batting in the fifth match of the Asia Cup against Bangladesh in Dambulla, Afridi achieved the world record of hitting the most number of sixes in an ODI career, which was previously owned by Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka. In the same match, he scored his sixth ODI century, also the sixth fastest century in ODI Cricket coming off 53 balls. He ended at 124 off 60 balls, which became his highest ODI score. This was also his second century in the 2010 Asia Cup.
  • - On 2 November 2010, in the UAE neutral series against South Africa, in the third ODI, Afridi broke the record for most sixes hit in all formats of the game. He beat Sanath Jayasuriya to the top spot with 353 sixes. He scored more sixes than Jayasuriya but also took less than 200 matches to equal Jayasuriya's record.
  • - On 30th December 2010, against New Zealand in New Zealand Afridi became the first bowler to take 50 international Twenty20 wickets. He finished the match with 53 Twenty20 wickets to his name from 41 matches.