Expectations are high from Afridi to prove his ‘batting skills’ as well


Karachi: Swashbuckling all-rounder Shahid Afridi, also known as ‘Boom Boom’ for his quick run getting skills and towering sixes, doesn’t have credentials of a batting all-rounder in World Cups but he has proved to be an effective spinner.

From the World Cup in 1999 to the last edition in 2011, Afridi, who has played 20 World Cup matches, has scored a paltry total of 209 runs in 18 innings at an average of 11.61. The highest score he managed was 37.

However, as bowler he has impressive records. He bowled in 17 innings and captured 28 wickets and has an impressive average of 19.60. He twice captured five-for but that came against minnows Kenya and Canada in last edition of the cricket extravaganza.

Afridi, who led Pakistan in World Cup 2011, was highest wicket taker with 21 wickets along with India bowler Zaheer Khan.

Afridi will play his fifth World Cup, which begins February 14 in Australia and New Zealand. Afridi and Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene will be the two most senior players to be featuring in the World Cups for the fifth time. Expectations are high from Afridi that along with bowling he does something better with bat this time.