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Shahid Afridi - The Real Picture


Afridi under Immense Pressure 
Shahid Khan Afridi commonly known as “Boom Boom” is under immense pressure these days, due to unjustified criticism by our Experts and Journalists panel. People started saying that “Afridi is only good for advertising products not for team”. General public perception regarding Afridi is divided in to two extremes (Die Heart fans & Haters). Few say that he is only a crowd puller with zero performance level. Few say that he has not done anything good for the team in his entire career. Few say that he only contributes for the team after every 10 matches. This is not the reality which is clearly reflected in the stats mentioned below:
  • Afridi has appeared in 367 ODI matches and Pakistan has won 203 of them.
  • Out of 367 matches; 1 match was tied and 9 matches ended up with No Result.
  • The team wining ratio is 57% when Afridi appeared for the national team.
  • Teams who fight for top 3 ICC rankings have a wining ratio of 55-65%.
Now take a look on Afridi performance in 203 matches which Pakistan has won.
 Afridi Performance when Pakistan won batting first Afridi Performace when Pakistan won batting first
  • 157 wickets with outstanding average of 21.1.
  • Four times 5 wicket haul.
  • Batting Average 29.19 with an impressive strike rate of 119.48.
Afridi Performance when Pakistan won fielding first Afridi Performace when Pakistan won fielding first
  • Batting average 30.88 with outstanding SR of 119.55.
  • Five times 5 wicket haul.
  • 107 important wickets with an impressive economy rate of 4.26.
These stats clearly show that Afridi is not an over-rated player he is a pure performer. Afridi appearance in Pakistan team is a real bonus and a great threat for the opponents. He played 367 matches for the national side due to his extra ordinary performance with bat and ball. This Super Star is the one who guided our Cricket team to a famous T20 WorldCup victory in 2009. His outstanding stats of T20 career will be shared in next blog.

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