Shahid Afridi

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