Known for his blistering style of batting and tricky bowling, Shahid Afridi of Pakistan is known all over the cricketing world as one of the best cricket all rounders in recent
|Date of Birth||March 1, 1980 (age 36), Khyber Agency, Pakistan|
|Parents||Sahabzada Fazal-ur-Rehman Afridi|
|Childern||Ajwa Afridi, Asmara Afridi, Aqsa Afridi, Ansha Afridi|
|Net worth||$47 Million|
times. The sheer number of one day internationals (350) and T20 matches (39) played by him bears testimony to his talent, both as a captain and as a team player. In fact, the success of Pakistan in one day internationals in the last decade or so owes a lot to his exploits on the field – both with the bat and ball.
Childhood of cute Shahid
Born on March 1st 1980 in a tribe of Pashtuns at Khyber, Pakistan, young Shahid Afridi took to cricket as fish to water. Motivated by the famous Pakistani cricketer of yesteryears, Imran Khan, Shahid Afridi joined Karachi Cricket Club to learn the nitty-gritty of the game.
Early life and Entry to Cricket
This cricket prodigy showed true colours when he was just sixteen. Drafted in the team as a leg spinner to play the four nation Sameer Cup in the year 1996 – 97, Afridi announced his arrival on the international scene with a bang by hitting a century in just 37 balls interspersed with 11 sixes.
That world record was held for a long time until recently when it was broken by AB deVilliers of South Africa.
Successful Career of Afridi
Although he had put his stamp on one day cricket, the team could not keep him away from Test cricket for long. In fact, just two years after he made his debut he was taken into the test team as well. Here too, he didn’t disappoint for he took five wickets in the very first innings. He also scored his maiden test century against India in the revival test series in January 1999. His exploits took him to county cricket where he played for teams like Leicestershire, Kent, and Derbyshire whereupon he hit a purple patch and scored handsomely for his teams, besides taking a number of wickets.
He even earned a nickname ‘Boom Boom Afridi’ for his aggressive style of play. Captaincy was thrust upon him in 2010 and he led the team to the 2011 World Cup. His impressive play notwithstanding, he also served suspensions and bans on a few occasions for offences like damaging the pitch and ball tampering. He had his run-ins with the Pakistani Cricket Board as well and had even retired prematurely only to be brought back later.
Achievements & Achievements
Shahid Afridi has an impressive record when it came to batting and bowling. He took 48 test wickets, 395 one day wickets and 83 T20 wickets. In ODI’s he bagged five wickets in an innings for nine times. He keeps the record of being the only player in T20 cricket to have scored 1000 runs and taken 50 wickets. Besides winning numerous Man of the Match award he has scored five test centuries and six one day centuries. In 2007 and 2011, he won Lux Style Award for being the most stylish sportsperson. Importantly, with the establishment of Shahid Afridi Foundation in 2014, he even works for the cause of healthcare and education in his native Pakistan.
Personal life of Shahid
He is married to Nadia Afridi and has four daughters.