Hottie of the week: Shahid Afridi

Published: January 21, 2013
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When he twinkles his playful eyes and runs his fingers through that unruly mane, for us ladies (and more than a few men), everything else moves in slow motion.

When he twinkles his playful eyes and runs his fingers through that unruly mane, for us ladies (and more than a few men), everything else moves in slow motion.

Status: Married

Born: Khyber agency, Pakistan

Birthday: March 1, 1980

hoti of the week

Who is he?

When it comes to cricketing legend Shahid Afridi, we’re all in a twisted love-hate relationship. We raise him to  Zeus-like status when he wins us a match; demote him to vermin when he underperforms. At times he can do no wrong; at times all he does is wrong. At times, he’s our saviour, at others, he’s nothing but the pariah. Through it all, the only emotion we don’t ever feel for this guy is indifference.

Why we love him

Boom-boom Afridi’s the kind of guy who might have the body of a tennis player, the looks, charisma and star quality of a Hollywood star but he’s still humble enough to go out every now and then and play cricket with his muhallay ke bachay. When he’s on the field, he’s as unpredictable as the Karachi ki bijli, he can either bail on you completely or make a comeback so miraculous, that the entire nation’s heart will be boom-booming for days to come.

He can be stupid enough to bite balls on live TV, silly enough to blow totally inappropriate kisses to opponents at the most stressful of times, but when he flashes that adorable grin, twinkles his playful eyes and runs his fingers through that unruly mane, for us ladies (and more than a few men), everything else moves in slow motion.

Although he’s matured from that wild, dashing mercurial 16-year-old who once broke the record for the fastest century from 37 balls to a ruggedly handsome 30-year-old, he still hasn’t lost the innate charm which oozes from every pore in interviews or on the field.

He leaves us wondering…

•  If he’ll ever look older than 18.

•  If he ever plans on going down Imran Khan’s political route.

•  If he really uses Head & Shoulders.

Warning

Girls be prepared to share the limelight with this one because he adores the camera too much, is addicted to the attention and loves rekindling his larger than life persona every now and then.

Published in The Express Tribune, Ms T, January 20th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Jan 21, 2013 - 1:57PM

    He posses one super power, He can smell anything from his teeth.
    Here you go Marvel guys you have new super hero for next comics/moviesRecommend

  • hiba
    Jan 21, 2013 - 3:03PM

    No wonder GOD has blessed him with eternal charismatic personality.His witty smile tickles millions of hearts.

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  • KarachiBaby
    Jan 21, 2013 - 3:47PM

    The dearest Lala in Green Shirt

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  • Amer
    Jan 21, 2013 - 5:16PM

    He is one of the most patriotic Pakistanis that you will come across, that’s the quality I admire the most. I would believe anything Afridi says after all he was not involved in the spot fixing scandal, we know as a fact that he shouted at Mazhar Majeed and told him to stay away from the team.

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  • HH
    Jan 21, 2013 - 6:26PM

    he is at the very least 3years older than his official age.

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  • Zalmai
    Jan 21, 2013 - 6:41PM

    Is that a cold sore on his lower lip. ET could have picked a better photograph than this one. Shahid Afridi is the pride and joy of all the Pashtuns.

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  • Ha!!
    Jan 21, 2013 - 6:45PM

    If he really uses Head & Shoulders.…badumtssshh!! :D

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  • Reader
    Jan 21, 2013 - 7:15PM

    Great cricketer. Boom Boom Afridi.

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  • sherry
    Jan 21, 2013 - 7:25PM

    brilliant
    very well written

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  • Jan 21, 2013 - 7:28PM

    @Amer:
    His name is in Justice Qayuum report. Do read it you will find more about his “Patriotism”

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  • ss
    Jan 21, 2013 - 7:50PM

    the love of this country makes him do all the rational and irrational things, you are pride of our nation, love you Lala!!!

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  • Amer
    Jan 21, 2013 - 8:02PM

    @Rehman: Brother I am glad that you did bring this up!!
    http://static.cricinfo.com/db/NATIONAL/PAK/NEWS/qayyumreport/qayyum_report.html

    Lets have a look at what the report said:

    Javed Miandad was again called by the Commission in August 1999 to ask him as to why he had resigned as Coach of Pakistan team after its tour of Sharjah in 1999. He appeared before the Commission and after some hesitation stated that during the Pakistan match with England at Sharjah, he had received a phone call from someone apparently reliable and whom he did not want to name, who said that the match was fixed. That person told Miandad that Shahid Afridi, Moin Khan, Azhar Mahmood, Salim Malik, Inzamam-ul-Haq had taken money to ‘box’ the match. He even made Wasim Akram talk to the man. Miandad says he was furious at the team during lunch and say that England who were earlier 40/5 had scored 206. He further went on to state that before he knew what was happening, five of his batsmen were out and the entire team got out for about 135 runs in the 35th over without playing 50 overs.
    The said five players were then summoned by the Commission on the 3rd September, 1999. All these players denied match-fixing and on the contrary said it was because of Javed Miandad’s allegations against them coupled with his extremely aggressive behaviour that they got upset and could not play properly and lost the match. They further stated that earlier on two different occasions, Javed had accused the team of match-fixing, once in Canada (Sahara Series) and once in Mohali (India) but on both those occasions Pakistan won the match.
    Wasim Akram also appeared and explained the Sharjah match. He said he did talk to someone called Dawood Ibrahim on the phone, who told him that the match had been fixed. He asked Wasim to make the boys take oath on Holy Quran, which Wasim did not because Holy Quran was not available on the ground at that time.

    Now, having read the above and knowing what relationship that person on the phone holds with Javed Miandad, I really doubt the credibility of the allegation. Futhermore, the matches that were allegedly fixed in the Sahara Series and Mohali were won by Pakistan so it further discounts the allegation.
    Please do remmember that Justice Qayuum report had alot of allegations against current and former players but as long as these were mere allegations without solid proof (as in the case of the spot fixing scandal), there is no case!!

    @ET: I understand that my comment is longer then usual but the was required to conclude the argument.

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  • Jan 21, 2013 - 8:41PM

    @Amer:
    Till date Salman Butt is also saying he is innocent come back again please

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 22, 2013 - 2:21AM

    In cricketing abilities he is ten percent of Imran Khan. In looks he is fifty percent and in Aqal, exactly same.

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  • Huma
    Jan 22, 2013 - 2:21AM

    @rehman… never heard that shahid afridi was ever involved in match fixing. dont believe.
    And as for the article, all i can say is “Be Afridi, be very Afridi”! :D

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  • Jan 22, 2013 - 10:55AM

    @ss:
    Who cheats to win is your pride not nation’s pride
    @Huma:
    You read what you want to read you learn what you want to learn, time to stop wearing Afridiot tinted glass

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  • sensible
    Jan 22, 2013 - 9:05PM

    He could have been one of greats, had he used his head.

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  • Noman Ansari
    Jan 24, 2013 - 4:41PM

    hahahahahah the first ‘hottie of the week’ that isn’t earning hate mail.

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  • anwarzeb
    Feb 9, 2013 - 1:37PM

    love and miss u lala

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  • Ali S
    Feb 12, 2013 - 9:54PM

    Seems like being a ‘hottie’ is more like his daytime job now that he’s more busy with TV adverts than actually playing cricket. A 90 on the talent? Seriously? What would you rate someone like Nasir Jamshed then? A 120? I personally think that these days he has been one of the team’s weakest links. Misbah made the right decision dropping him against India, and that decision rewarded us with a bilateral series win over India.

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  • Dr. NO
    Mar 6, 2013 - 11:34PM

    What kind of a place is called Khyber Agency.

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