Shahid Afridi is among the most celebrated names in world cricket. The previous Pakistan all-rounder was a vital a part of the workforce throughout his taking part in profession. He was recognized for his hard-hitting batting and his efficient leg-spin as he gained his status as probably the greatest all-rounders of his technology. He even earned the nickname ‘Increase-Increase’ attributable to his skill to play quick-fire innings for his workforce.
Afridi retired from worldwide cricket in 2017 after a 21-year lengthy profession. Nevertheless, there have been some moments in his profession the place he wished to depart the sport. In a current interview, Afridi recalled the occasion the place he wished to surrender the game after profitable the 2009 World T20.
“I made a decision to not play cricket anymore,” he told Samaa TV.
“Shoaib Malik had develop into the captain and there was numerous politics happening inside the workforce.”
The previous batsman additional recalled an recommendation he obtained from a buzurg (previous clever man). “He mentioned you’re so nervous about your personal efficiency and worldly issues. Simply evaluate your hardships to these of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and you’ll realise that yours are nothing,” Afridi recalled.
Afridi additionally touched upon the incident on the 2007 World T20 the place Shoaib Akhtar had struck Mohammed Asif with a bat. Akhtar had beforehand talked concerning the incident in his autobiography, Controversially Yours, the place he accused Afridi of aggravating the state of affairs. Afridi denied it.
“Issues occur,” Afridi advised Samaa.television.
“Asif had sided with me in a joke which enraged Shoaib and all this occurred. However Shoaib has a really stunning coronary heart.”
Afridi remembered his early days in cricket the place his father wished his to give attention to research relatively than cricket.
“Once I performed below 14 and 18, there was solely cricket in my all life,” he mentioned.
“I used to sleep in my package if I had a match the following day as a result of I didn’t wish to be late.”
“There was no social media at the moment, so individuals confirmed my photos in Daybreak and Jang to my father and mentioned his son was certainly as much as one thing good.”