Friday, March 20, 2015
Curtain Down On Shahid Afridi's 19-Year Career
Crashing of Pakistan out of World Cup dashed the hopes of flamboyant all rounder Shahid Afridi to bid farewell to One Day career with a World Cup triumph. The 35-year-old quit the 50-over game with the World Cup quarter final. Afridi appeared in fifth World Cup. The last World Cup of the all rounder's career proved not much memorable, as he failed both with bat and ball. In six matches he claimed only two wickets, falling five wickets short of 400 wickets in his ODI career. He also failed with bat scoring just over 100 in five innings of six matches. Had he claimed five more wickets, he would have been the only player in all one-day cricket to have scored 8,000 runs and 400 wickets. In an interview Afridi said he wants to see younger players to come through to take his place once his career ends. Afridi's career famously began with the fastest hundred in one day cricket. Playing only his second game, Afridi hit a 37-ball hundred- then a world record, against Sri Lanka in Nairobi, Kenya in 1994. The record was broken by New Zealand's Corey Anderson with a 36-ball hundred in 2014, before it was bettered again by South Africa's AB de Villiers who hit a 31-ball century against West Indies in January this year.