Thursday, December 12, 2013

Shahid Afridi - What a Superstar!

Shahid Afridi did not bat like Shahid Afridi today.

He has played a number of good knocks in ODIs and T20s, but the calmness he showed at the crease today in the first T20 between Pakistan and Sri Lanka has been rare in majority of Afridi's innings.

The Afridi who came out to bat today was the Afridi of 2009 who led Pakistan to World T20 glory in England. The same responsibility was seen in his presence at the crease against Sri Lanka.

He picked up singles, punished the bad deliveries, and took Pakistan home with ease.

During the course of his unbeaten match winning 39, Afridi took his tally of T20 runs past 1,000 runs. He became the first cricketer to score 1,000 runs and pick up 50 wickets in T20 Internationals.

That is another feather in a cap that surely has no place for more feathers with the number of records Afridi holds in limited overs cricket.

Afridi's match winning performance, which included an unbeaten knock of 39 and figures of 1-20 of 4 overs, got him his 9th man of the match award in T20s, which is now the most MOM awards for any cricketer in T20 Internationals.

He went past both Shane Watson and Mohammad Hafeez with whom he was level on 8 MOM awards.

Don't forget that Afridi also holds the record for most man of the match awards by any Pakistani cricketer in ODIs with 31 MOM awards, which is also the 5th most MOM awards among all cricketers.

Not to mention that Afridi is the only cricketer to score more than 7,000 runs and pick up more than 350 wickets in ODIs.

What a player! What a hero! What a superstar! What a match winner!

Boom Boom Afridi!

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