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Friday, December 9, 2011

Shahid Afridi | The Gladiator of Pakistan Cricket Team in 2011

After a successful interview from PCB media manager, Youth on Cricket's team is looking forward to share about the main player of each team who remained the key player for the team in 2011. A player who performed very well and won many matches for a team in 2011 will be give a title of "Gladiator". For this purpose, we took Pakistan as the 1st team and arranged a poll to decide about the player who is capable of this title from Pakistan, More than 75% votes went in favor of Shahid Afridi, so he is Youth on Cricket 1st Gladiator of cricket who belong to Pakistan.

The word "Shahid Afridi" is very familiar to cricket fans belong to any cricket loving country. He is famous in cricket due to his hard hitting, only player in cricket who's strike rate is about 100 in 300+ ODI matches. For his hard hitting he is given different titles, amongst those titles one title that became his identity is "Boom Boom".

When it comes to records and Afridi, it's not a wonderful thing. Afridi is a type of player, who can make record at any port of the match. Although he made different records in all formats of cricket, but the one record which is still with him is century from 37 balls. Interestingly, this century came in his very 1st inning of his career. He was selected as bowler, but during the match his order was changed into one down and he made this unbelievable record in ODI cricket.

Shahid Afridi had great year of 2011, he played some outstanding knocks with bat and ball. He also leaded as a captain, but was more successful with bowl and bat. Especially, during world cup 2011 when the team was struggling against other teams, he played a major role with ball and won those matches for his team. Especially his performance against Canada, when Pakistan all out on 184 against Canada, he was the person who lead the team from the front when it came to bowling. He took 5 wickets against the same team and win the match for Pakistan.

Shahid Afridi and Co had a great tournament of 2011, especially he was very appreciated in the group A match, when Pakistan bowled out Australia on 176 runs. In reply Pakistan chased the target after losing 6 wickets, no matter he didn't impress with bat and ball in that match but his captaincy ability was highlighted everywhere and from there Pakistan became the top contender for the champions title of 2011. Pakistan team journey was stopped when they lost against India in a crunchy semi final. Although Afridi said sorry to the nation but he was criticized highly and from there his argument start with coach Waqar Younis. Before leaving for WC Afridi promised the nation that he will take his team to the semi-final And he fullfilled his promise.

Shahid Afridi announced his retirement due to his argument with former coach Waqar Younas on selection process, PCB also took notice on Afridi reaction on selection process and removed him from captaincy after West Indies tour. He was selected for Ireland tour as a common player given Misbah-ul-Haq captaincy but he didn't tour with the team and announced his conditional retirement from international cricket. His come back in international cricket was sentenced with the retirement of former PCB chairman "Ijaz Butt" and coach "Waqar Younas".


Waqar Younas took his resigned from the post due to some unacceptable situation with the former PCB chairman, Ijaz Butt duration was also ended and his post was given to former banker "Chaudhry Zaka Ashraf ". In his very first statement, the PCB chairman showed his pleasure on Afridi come back and after meeting with Afridi, the former captain took back his resign from international cricket.

As Afridi returned to international cricket with some challenges he was given by former Pakistan cricket player and chairman Ijaz Butt, that if he is right then he should prove him self against Sri Lanka with bat and bowl. Afridi didn't give any comment through any interview but give the response to his hater with his performance against Sri Lanka, not only with bat but also with bowl. He started his comeback with man of the match inning, he took 3 wickets in very 1st ODI after his comeback and didn't bat.

Afridi was unstoppable in series against Sri Lanka, almost each and every match for his team in the ODI series. The one match Pakistan lost against Sri Lanka was the 3rd ODI in which he was looking good, and it seemed to be his day with a win. Unfortunately he got run out on the wrong call of Saeed Ajmal and direct hit of Dilshan. He was mind blowing in 4th ODI when the team was in huge trouble and lost major players before 100. He stayed like a wall and took the total to 200 runs with his outstanding 75 runs. Later on, he turned the match into Pakistan favor with bowl when the match was 90% in Sri Lanka favor. Following this he had also good performance in T20 and ODI against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

In world, in every sport one have large number of follower with the performance they have, and when those player don't perform. The fans who love him start criticizing him but Afridi is the only player in sports history who made his fans with his one inning and that was his start. Also, he is the only player who became popular with his very first inning in cricket world. At a time when he had clashes with Pakistan cricket board his fan supported him on high level, and the fans who followed him were unstoppable.

At the peak of spot fixing, when Mazhar Majeed mentioned the names of the players who involved in match fixing, he also received some appreciation from Mazhar Majeed that he is a type of player who will never do fixing. Not only this, but also when Afridi announced his retirement, he was offered by different countries in cricket to play for their teams but he respond them with one sentence; "I'll play only for Pakistan".

- "Though Afridi couldn't win the world cup, for 30 days he made this country into a nation". - Ramiz Raja
- Cricket is not cricket without Shahid Afridi’, - Michael Holding.

- “I enjoy playing against India. It has always been good doing battle against India, it brings the best out of me.” Shahid Afridi
- "Action speak louder than words". Shahid Afridi

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