‘Boom Boom’ is a common phrase in cricket so much so that anyone who has followed cricket during his/her life would be aware of the fact that it is linked to Pakistan’s former captain Shahid Afridi. He earned this title due to his big-hitting abilities. The extra ‘boom’ signifies that his career was not just limited to batting.
During the first ODI of Pakistan’s tour of West Indies, Afridi had proved as to why he is one of the greatest all-rounders of the limited-overs format in cricket. Dwayne Bravo, the then West Indian captain, had won the toss and elected to field. In what was a very disciplined bowling performance, West Indies restricted Pakistan to 224-9 in 50 overs.
In an innings where most of the Pakistani batsmen had struggled to score quickly, Afridi scored 76 (55) with the help of six fours and five sixes. With bowling figures of 10-4-13-4, Jason Holder was the pick of the West Indian bowlers.
In what was a decent target which West Indies was expected to chase, they stumbled on 98 in 41 overs. Afridi, who picked up bowling figures of 9-3-12-7, was the chief destroyer. He also entered the record books as this is, till date, the second-best figures in ODI cricket.
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