Throughout his career we have underestimated him or accused him for his occasional failures and inconsistency, but even after that Boom Boom Afridi has achieved so much which is hardly appreciated by people apart from his fans!
Just a 17 year old kid when he made his debut and just into his 2nd ODI, he held this record for almost 16 years and this record was almost unbreakable till 2015! The maverick Afridi scored a 37 ball Century way back in the 90’s when even a run a ball century was considered to be fast and this feat was totally out of imagination where he literally muredered Sri Lanka with the bat!
List Of Fastest Fifties and Centuries too!
He features in the top 10 fastest centuries list of all time thrice. Shahid Afridi also holds the record of the second fastest fifty off just 18 balls in ODI’s and 26balls in Tests. Still holds the record of second and third fastest century off just 37 and 45 balls in ODI’s. He can totally change the complexity of a game when he gets going.
Only all-rounder to score more than 8000 ODI Runs and take more than 350 wickets!
He may not be as consistent as Jacques Kallis or as classy as Shane Watson or any other all-rouders but still boom boom afridi is amongst the top five all-rounders in the world and one of the very very few players in the history of ODI’s to score over 8000 ODI runs and also take more than 350 ODI wickets. People always made fun of him? Well, this makes him statistically even better than Shane Watson, Jacques Kallis, Chris Cairns and Jayasuriya.
2nd Highest All-Time Wicket Taker of Pakistan & also the highest wicket taker in the world in T20”s
Many people label him as inconsistent, many people call him childish and brash but despite so many tags, he is Pakistan’s second highest wicket taker in ODI’s with 398 wickets followed by Wasim Akram. ‘Lala’ as he is fondly called is also amongst the top 10 highest wicket takers of the world in ODI’s. He also has 97 T20 wickets to his name which makes him the highest wicket taker in the world in T20’s too!
350 ODI Sixes, Higest in ODI’s
He has scored almost half of his career runs is sixes and boundaries. Shahid Afridi also holds the record of highest number of sixes in ODI’s with as many as 350 sixes to his name smashed in different parts of the world against different teams and bowlers. There is a reason why he is called BOOM BOOM Afridi!