On June 14 Shahid Afridi played his 500th List-A match when he turned out for Hampshire, adding another milestone to an illustrious career.
The Pakistan-born Afridi couldn’t help Hampshire to a win as they lost the game by 10 runs against Gloustershire in a Royal London One-Day Cup match. But in the past the all-rounder has helped his teams win from losing positions with his destructive batting in the back-end of the innings. One of the games that stands out is the Asia Cup clash against India.
Pakistan went into the final over needing 10 runs against an Indian team that is known for its efficiency in closing out games. India had claimed a wicket with the last ball of the 49th over after Bhuvneshwar Kumar had dismissed Mohammad Talha. Saeed Ajmal joined Afridi for the start of the final over, but he didn’t trouble the scorers, departing the crease for a first-ball duck – putting India in an even better position. New batsman Junaid Khan connected bat with ball for a run to give Afridi the strike. Now Pakistan needed 9 runs from 4 balls for the final wicket. But as he has done his entire career, Afridi went with an all or nothing approach – hitting the third ball inside-out over the deep extra cover fielder for six. The next ball Afridi continued with what had worked for him previously, this time lofting one over a vacant deep midwicket to win the game in characteristic fashion for the Pakistanis.
Afridi is the epitome of the modern-day limited-overs cricketer, and has sent off the fireworks on many occasions in his career.
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