Shahid Afridi is known for his big hitting and is the reason why he is given the name ‘Boom Boom’.
He has got an amazing skill for power hitting the ball and sending it out of the park. His batting display in the earlier parts of the game has defined the batting skills a lot. But some things never change, even after international retirements.
During the NatWest T20 Blast encounter between Hampshire and Derbyshire, the former Pakistan skipper broke a record in the limited over of the game. He scored a quickfire century on 42 balls, breaking and making records.
It was his 222nd innings and with his absolute ripping batting display Hampshire won the match by 101 runs getting to a score of 249/8. Afridi hit seven sixes to become the first Pakistan player in the history of the format to go past 200 sixes in Twenty20s. The overall record is by Chris Gayle with 752 sixes.
Afridi’s 42 ball ton became 2nd highest among all Pakistan players as before this Ahmad Shahzad had hit a 40 ball ton. Hampshire’s 249/8 was the fourth highest total in a Twenty20 in England, behind Yorkshire’s 260/4 against Northants in Leeds in 2017, Gloucestershire’s 254/3 against Middlesex in 2011 and Somerset’s 250/3 against Gloucestershire in Taunton in 2006.
This business is nothing new for Afridi as long back he showed his worth by hitting a 37 ball century against Lankans in 1996. It almost took 17 years for a Kiwi, Corey Anderson to break this record.
Though his bad form made him retire from his game in this match he has proved definitely why he is one of the best in the limited overs game. No one can hit those gigantic shots as easy as Afridi does.