Never a dull moment, with Shahid Afridi around

Shahid Afridi is likely to call it a day soon. But considering his epic unpredictability you can never be sure about cricket’s unputdownable character.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 26, 2016 12:29 pm
Shahid Afridi, Shahid Afridi retirement, Shahid Afridi retires, Shahid Afridi Pakistan, Pakistan Shahid Afridi, Afridi Pakistan, Pakistan vs Australia, Australia vs Pakistan, Cricket News, Cricket Shahid Afridi is expected to announce his retirement soon. (Source: PTI)

# The big booming batter who has spent 20 years now in international cricket (debuting in 1996) has had his fair share on retirement announcements. And flip flops reversing decisions. Starting 2006. (STATS || POINTS TABLE || FIXTURES)

# King of controversies, Shahid Afridi’s troubles are unique because they are so bombastic in their brazenness. And the man is never ever camera-shy — his misadventures always caught by the lens.

# First he riles people back home saying he gets more love in India; then he draws ire in India by thanking fans from Kashmir. A few minutes later — on camera again — he says his comments were meant for ‘padhe likhe log’, immediately blunting those sharpening their swords.

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# Ask those born in 1980 how cricket’s Peter Pan, nay Peter Pathan pulled off the biggest age heist. Afridi was a walking billboard for Bryan Adams’ 18-till-I-die, notoriously claiming to be in his teens for several years.

# In November 2005 during a Test in England, Afridi blatantly scruffed the pitch by digging his (studded) heels in — literally.

# Prior to the 2007 WC, he was suspended for brandishing his bat at a spectator who had sworn at him.

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# In January 2010, he bit into the ball like you would chomp into an apple – and duly pleaded guilty.to charges of ball tampering.

# Fearing no one, he would go to press and say he was not consulted in selection the same October.

# In a one-dayer against Bangladesh, Afridi once insisted on having a runner for a limping batter. The umpire refused, it was a two years after runner rule was outed.

Shining under pressure

Pak vs SL (2011): At 97/6, Pakistan were in tatters. Afridi’s 75 off 87 helped them score 200. His 5/35 helped restrict Lanka to just 174.

READ: Afridi thanks support from Pakistan, Kashmir

Pak vs B’desh (2016): Under fire, he first scored 49 from just 19 balls and then picked 2/27 for his 11th man of the match award — most by any player in T20’s.

Failing to deliver

Pak vs Ind (2016): Afridi, who’d starred against Bangladesh, went cheaply for 8 and a luckless 0-25 when he bowled.

Pak vs SA (2013): After 36 and 88 in previous two games, Pakistan’s hopes were tied on Afridi to deliver in the final ODI. Instead, Afridi created the record of most ducks by a Pakistani. His 30th duck took him above Wasim Akram in the list.

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