Shahid Afridi is among the most celebrated names in world cricket. The previous Pakistan all-rounder was an important a part of the group throughout his enjoying profession. He was identified for his hard-hitting batting and his efficient leg-spin as he gained his repute as top-of-the-line all-rounders of his era. He even earned the nickname ‘Increase-Increase’ because of his capability to play quick-fire innings for his group.
Afridi retired from worldwide cricket in 2017 after a 21-year lengthy profession. Nonetheless, there have been some moments in his profession the place he needed to go away the sport. In a current interview, Afridi recalled the occasion the place he needed 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 change into the captain and there was a whole lot of politics happening throughout the group.”
The previous batsman additional recalled an recommendation he acquired from a buzurg (outdated clever man). “He mentioned you’re so frightened 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 in regards to 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 needed his to concentrate on 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 subsequent day as a result of I didn’t need to be late.”
“There was no social media at the moment, so folks confirmed my photos in Daybreak and Jang to my father and mentioned his son was certainly as much as one thing good.”