Sahid Afridi (Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi) is more famously known as Boom Boom Afridi for his outrageous batting style. He was born in 1980 on the 1st of March to a Pashtun family, and the dashing sportsperson turns 36 today! Happy Birthday Boom Boom! He started his career in the year of 1996 and has since been the pride of Pakistan.
A flamboyant all-rounder, Shahid Afridi is one of the top Pakistan cricket talents still to reach his full potential and satisfy his country’s high expectations.The nation loves Boom Boom for his consistent and persistent contributions towards Pakistani cricket and economy! We might criticize him every once in a while but he has without a doubt become a synonym for cricket in the country.
To mark and celebrate his birthday, here is a list of some really amazing facts about Shahid Afridi that you probably do not know:
Wife And Children:
Shahid Afridi is exactly the family man that he is known for. Despite all the fame and fortune he is a man of simple values. He got happily married at age 20 to his maternal cousin, Nadia, and it was completely arranged! They have 4 adorable daughters together, Aqsa , Ansha , Ajwa and Asmara.
His Mother’s Death Tragedy
Afridi reveals about his mother’s death and how it greatly affected him in this show at ARY.
His Social Role:
Apart from his cricket career he has many other activities and social responsibilities that he aims his best to take care of. He has been assigned by UNICEF to be in the board of anti polio campaign for tribal areas. Shahid Afridi has been nominated among top 20 most charitable athletes of 2015 and has been named in DoSomething.org’s list along famous athletes such as Cristiano Ronaldo, John Cena, Serena Williams, Yuna Kim, Neymar Jr, LeBron James, Maria Sharapova, Mo’ne Davis, Richard Sherman and others. He also established his Shahid Afridi Foundation (SAF) in March 2014 with the aim of improving and enriching the lives of the underprivileged.
Lucky Entry In International Cricket:
When he was only sixteen, Shahid got into ODI team as leg spinner replacement for badly injured player named Mushtaq Ahmed. At this age, Afridi turned out to be the youngest and energetic player who scored ODI century.
Shahid Afridi used Sachin Tendulkar’s bat to hit the fastest ever ODI century
Boom Boom was flown in to play for the Pakistan team from West Indies to Nairobi in 1996 and didn’t have his own bat. That’s when Waqar Younis gave ‘Young Afridi’ Sachin Tendulkar’s bat to play with. He hit 11 sixes and six boundaries with the bat and scored a 37-ball century against Sri Lanka which was the then fastest ODI century.
This all rounder is considered one of the most handsome cricketer in the sports world! A face for many famous brands and marketing plans. He is known for his fashionable style and the way he carries himself with grace and sophistication. For this, he has also bagged two Lux Style Awards in 2007 and in 2011 as the Most Stylish Sportsperson.
Talks About Retirement
Afridi states that all talks about his retirement are baseless and his career decisions will be made solely by him only, keeping in mind what’s good for Pakistan and it’s people.