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Shahid Afridi: Pakistan's great mystery

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Afridi is capable of tearing bowlers apart (©GettyImages)
Afridi is capable of tearing bowlers apart (©GettyImages).

Probably the only thing tougher to predict than an earthquake is when a certain Shahid Afridi will play an innings that justifies his talent.

Amidst retirements, comebacks, hairstyles and an unusual appetite for the cricket ball, this man continues to be one of the most entertaining cricketers.

Be it a typically dismissive debut hundred, or a heartless rout of both the West Indies batting as well as bowling line-up yesterday, when this guy fires, the world turns on its televisions. Though he has the knack of tickling the lion ( a.k.a Pakistan Cricket Board ) in its own den, his international appearances never seem to come to a permanent end.

His ridiculously low percentage of innings in which he demolishes the opposition is still enough to make him one of the most feared modern-day batsmen. That speaks volumes about the power in this man’s forearm and the mere inadequateness of the kookaburras when he starts launching them out of the park one-by-one.

His newly found bowling ability though, unlike his batting, is far more reliable yet can be equally devastating. His skiddy leg-breaks and a fast quicker delivery turn out to be more than a handful for even the best batsmen. Even the "master blaster" himself claimed that he is one of the toughest bowlers to cut.

Regardless of the scandals, the fluctuating form and the teeth mark that still persists on that unfortunate cricket ball, every Pakistani fan will always pray for "boom-boom" to unleash an armageddon on the opposition, while his opposition shall pray for him to give catching practice to one of the outfielders.  

 

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