Web Desk: Former captain and star all-rounder Shahid Khan Afridi is celebrating his 38th birthday today (Thursday).
The Khyber-agency born former player has represented Pakistan in27 Test matches, 398 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 98 Twenty20 (T20i) matches.
He made his ODI debut in October 1996 against Kenya. Afridi became famous due to his hard-hitting batting especially after he broke the record of fastest ODI century in 37balls back in 1996.
He made his Test debut in October 1998 and T20 debut in August 2006. He had taken 395 ODI wickets and scored 8064 runs in 398 ODIs.
In a latest tweet, he thanked his fans and followers for remembering him on his birthday.
It’s another year to look back and learn and look forward in hope, to deliver for my nation and fans. I thank you all for wishing me birthday, all of you are the source of my joy and happiness #HopeNotOut pic.twitter.com/mtz2Ni14re
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) February 28, 2018
He still keeps the record of most wickets in T20 internationals. Afridi has taken 97 T20iwickets in 98 matches. He also holds the record of hitting most sixes (476) in all three formats.
The Star all-rounder with his impressive bowling and batting has provided many victories to Pakistan; if it was the Match against Bangladesh in Asia cup 2014 or final against India, he will be remembered for lifetime for his unforgettable and massive innings.
A record-breaking 37 ball 💯 in his first ODI innings at the age of 16.
8,064 runs, 395 wickets in ODIs.
The record wicket-taker in T20Is with 97 wickets.
— ICC (@ICC) March 1, 2018
The hard-hitting batsmen and leg-spinner is currently playing for Karachi Kings in the ongoing third season of Pakistan Super League (PSL).
However, in last two editions of the league, he was the president and player of Peshawar Zalmi.
He had taken retirement from Twenty20 cricket after his team (Peshawar Zalmi) had won the second edition of PSL back in 2017.
He is also the philanthropist and owner of Shahid Afridi foundation.
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) March 1, 2018
His record for the fastest ODI ton stood for 18 years. He still holds the record for most sixes hit in ODIs. As Shahid Afridi celebrates his 38th birthday today, here’s a look back at his career: https://t.co/mYmejOiemX pic.twitter.com/BO8tBAZufk
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) March 1, 2018
Fans greeted him from India.
Happy Birthday Shahid Afridi🎂@SAfridiOfficial
Your biggest fan from other side of the border..Love you forever😍 #Afridian
— Prachi Das🇮🇳 (@PrachiNotDesai) March 1, 2018
— MoneyGram Cricket (@MGCricket) February 28, 2018
Shahid Afridi is ruling the hearts the Pakistan fans since ages. He is the face of Pakistan cricket and a genuine crowd puller. Wishing the champion a very happy birthday here .#HBDShahidAfridi pic.twitter.com/QM66wbxqNo
— TEAM AFRIDI (@TEAM_AFRIDI) February 28, 2018
He made a record-breaking 37-ball century on his ODI debut against Sri Lanka.
He’s the world record wicket-taker in T20Is with 97 scalps.
The Pakistan Cricket Team’s one and only boom boom.
— Muhammad Aamir Raza (@BeingHuman_Aami) March 1, 2018