It can safely be said that cricket never has and never will see another Shahid Afridi. He is a leg-spinning allrounder. Variety is his calling and as well as a traditional leg-break, he has two googlies, a conventional offie and a lethal faster one, though this is increasingly rare. All come with the threat of considerable, late drift. He fairly hustles through overs, which in limited-over formats is a weapon in itself and the package is dangerous.
But forever associated with him will be his madcap batting, the prospect of which is a crowd-puller the world over. He is a compulsive basher, literally unable to control his urges to slog every ball that comes his way, and not much of it is classical. Often spectacular results are at hand; he owns, for example, two of the fastest ODI hundreds, including the fastest one ever in his first innings ever at the age of 16. His career strike rates are nearly unmatched.
Full name: Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi
Born: March 1, 1980, Khyber Agency
Major teams: Pakistan, Asia XI, Deccan Chargers, Dhaka Gladiators, Fly Emirates XI, Griqualand West, Habib Bank Limited, Hampshire, ICC World XI, Karachi, Karachi Region Blues, Kowloon Cantons, Leicestershire, Melbourne Renegades, Northamptonshire, Peshawar Zalmi, Rangpur Riders, Ruhuna Royals, South Australia, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Playing role: Allrounder
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Legbreak googly
Test debut Pakistan v Australia at Karachi, Oct 22-26, 1998
ODI debut Kenya v Pakistan at Nairobi (Aga), Oct 2, 1996
T20I debut England v Pakistan at Bristol, Aug 28, 2006