Will 'boom boom' Afridi treat his fans to a birthday win?

Published: March 1, 2015
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Asia Cup final against India. PHOTO: AFP

Asia Cup final against India. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan cricket fans, pretty much like the team, have been down in the dumps. Two losses out of two matches at the World Cup has soured almost every fan, and put immense pressure on the team. But things could look up if Shahid Afridi, arguably Pakistan’s most popular cricketer, comes up with a performance treat for fans on his 35th birthday.

This is what many fans are hoping for as Pakistan take on Zimbabwe in an all important group ‘B’ match on Sunday.

Many who wished ‘Lala’ a happy birthday, hope that the all-rounder will give them all a ‘birthday treat’ with a scintillating, match-winning performance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One fan even wrote a heart-felt note to Afridi on his birthday

 

 

Whether Afridi will be able to perform or not, remains to be seen, one thing he may not be able to see before the match are the social media posts for him because of a ban imposed by the cricket board.

Afridi records

While no one really knows which side of Afridi will turn up for a match before he picks up either the bat or the ball, the all-rounder can eye a few personal records on the day to make his birthday even more special.

He is just two runs away from amassing 8,000 One-Day International (ODI) runs.

He is also seven wickets away from completing 400 wickets in ODIs. Though completing this record on the day may require an extraordinary effort, given he has taken only nine five-wicket hauls in his career.

The tournament has so far seen the records for the fastest 200 and 15o being scored by Chris Gayle and AB de Villers respectively. And having lost his crown for the fastest century already, Afridi could fancy taking on the Zimbabwe bowlers to reclaim his record.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Fawad
    Mar 1, 2015 - 8:57AM

    4 for 2 in 4 overs, seems he will click…..Recommend

  • Jai Hind
    Mar 1, 2015 - 11:09AM

    Spoke to soon……(sad) Happy Birthday…Dude…Recommend

  • Fawad
    Mar 1, 2015 - 11:11AM

    yes, he brought duck for celebrations!!!Recommend

  • Chris
    Mar 1, 2015 - 12:17PM

    Oh yes. He delivered it in style. BIG 0Recommend

  • Gp65
    Mar 1, 2015 - 12:50PM

    AFridi out for zero. Once again Misbah kept the inning together. Being ableto score only 235 against Zimbabwe even without the pressure of a chase shows deep problems in batting.Recommend

  • Junaid
    Mar 1, 2015 - 5:15PM

    happy birthday shahid bhaiRecommend

  • Mike
    Mar 1, 2015 - 5:51PM

    Your well deserved birthday gift “Quack Quack” hahahahahaRecommend

  • Nasir
    Mar 2, 2015 - 2:46AM

    Pathetic performance – you deserve to be in a circus to entertain the crowds – you do not deserve to be in a cricket team unless you are prepared to bat at number 3 and take some responsibilityRecommend

  • Amer
    Mar 2, 2015 - 6:31AM

    I feel for Afridi, I have rarely seen his face so tense when he’s bowling…
    I think it’s not all his fault that his batting is not clicking at the moment, he is a big match player and will perform in the coming matches inshAllah. I think the pressure is also because of his bowling where he hasn’t taken any wickets … no thanks to Umar Akmal’s drop catches off his bowling.
    If those catches were taken it would have been a completely different story. Recommend

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