Style, passion, charisma and an awe-inspiring personality sums up what a truly remarkable player Shahid Afridi is and today the superstar turns 36.
Shahid Afridi came in the limelight after a spectacular century off just 37 balls against Sri Lanka which was the then fastest century in ODI matches and he held onto that record for more than 17 years.
Although Shahid Afridi has always remained a fan favourite but his performances have generally been sporadic in nature much to the disappointment of his fans in Pakistan and around the globe.
In a career which has lasted over 19 years Shahid Afridi has always been source of entertainment for his fans and whenever he steps onto the field there is a wave of expectation that something extraordinary might happen. Test matches were never really part of his forte and his success only came in the shorter versions of the game.
Afridi has made 11 centuries during his entire career but he has not been consistent enough in racking up tons at regular intervals but one thing which he has been regularly doing is his strike rate which has remained above the hundred mark during his entire career. He is currently sixth on the list of highest all time career strike rate list in ODI matches while in the T20I format he is slotted in at number 4.
Shahid Afridi has been an able performer in the bowling department as well as he has taken 395 wickets in ODI format and is closing in on the 100 wicket mark in T20 internationals. He also has 48 wickets to his credit in test matches.
Shahid Afridi was also instrumental in leading Pakistan to a world cup triumph in the World T20 of 2009. He played a match winning knock of 54 runs in the final against Sri Lanka.
Records and accolades
32 man of the match awards in ODIs
10 man of the match awards in T20I matches ( most by any player)
Most stylish sports person in 2007 and 2011 (Lux style awards)
In August 2015 he was named amongst top charitable athletes by Do Something
Man of the match in the final of World T20 of 2009