Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi (Getty Images)

Former Pakistan batsman Shahid Afridi was one of the most destructive batsmen in his heydays. He announced himself on the international stage with a record-breaking innings – a 37-ball century. It remained the fastest century in international cricket for almost 17 years before New Zealand’s Corey Anderson broke it in 2014.

For his free-spirited batting, Afridi was nicknamed ‘Boom Boom Afridi’ and the Pakistan legend has revealed that it was the current India head coach Ravi Shastri who gave him the nickname.

Shahid Afridi Twitter interaction

Afridi, 38, made the revelation during a Twitter question & answer session with his fans on Sunday. He announced retirement from international cricket in February 2017 after playing 398 ODIs, 99 T20Is and 27 Tests. In ODIs, he scored 8064 runs with six centuries and 39 fifties. In T20Is, he had 1416 runs with four half-centuries while in Test cricket, he struck 1716 runs with five centuries and eight half-centuries.

With his legbreaks, Afridi picked up 395 wickets in ODIs, 98 wickets in T20Is and 48 wickets in Tests.

When asked which is his memorable century in international cricket, Afridi’s reply was with 141 against India in Chennai in January 1999.

Shahid Afridi Twitter interaction

India lost that match by 12 runs following Afridi’s 141 off 191 deliveries in the second innings as an opener. He struck 21 fours and three sixes during his knock.

While Afridi might have called time on his international career, he continues to play in T20 leagues around the globe. He was supposed to play for Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League 2018 but withdrew his name due to a knee problem.