Shahid Afridi has finally announced his retirement from international ending his roller-coaster journey as a cricketer who has played for two decades. The prolific all-rounder had earlier announced his retirement from Test and ODI cricket but continued to active T20 cricket for the national side. He led the side in the T20 World Cup 2016 and failed to take the side through to the last four of the competiton.Pakistan could only manage a win against Bangladesh and lost to sides like New Zealand, Australia and India.
He smashed 54 runs for Peshawar Zalmi against Karachi Kings in a game in the Pakistan Super League and then made his formal announcement that he will quit international cricket for good and will continue to play and participate in different T20 leagues around the world. Afridi set the world alight on his debut game as he smashed 36 ball ton and then become famous for towering sixes all over the world. Shahid Afridi will always be remembered for his match winning performances for Pakistan in 2009 T20 World Cup in England where he delivered goods in crunch games to see his side lift the coveted prize at Lords after defeating Sri Lanka.
Afridi expressed his desire to end his career in an international game and wanted to play T20 series against West Indies last year but was not picked for the series as selectors want for youth to build the side for the future along with new captain Sarfaraz Ahmed.Afridi record for fastest ton in one day cricket was eventually broken by Corey Anderson who smashed a quick-fire ton against West Indies in New Zealand in a one day series played in 2014.
The legendary all-rounder in the later stages of his career became a better bowler and bagged heaps of wickets in odi and t20 format but blew hot and cold with the bat in hand. His notable performances in the last three years will always be that splendid innings against South Africa in a lost cause at Johannesburg. The highlight of the innings was Afridi smashing the ball out of the ground for six at the Wanderers Cricket Ground which is not small ground by any stretch of imagination.
He finished his one day career with 8000 runs and 398 wickets to his name for Pakistan while in the shortest format he played 98 games where he scored 1400 runs and 97 wickets. Shahid Afridi will always be remembered for the joy and entertainment he has provided to the fans across the world in a career spanning two decades since making his debut in 1996.