Can you believe that for players who have played T20 cricket all around the globe and have represented more than 13 franchises globally; a T20 career spanned over 10 years for a player who was tipped as the best for this format and still it took him 256 matches to register his 1st century in T20 format. Yes I am talking about Shahid Afridi who just managed to register his name finally in cricket record books with a T20 hundred at the twilight of his career.
Shahid Khan Afridi who is representing Hampshire in Natwest T20 blast in 2017 season was playing against Derbyshire in all important Quarter Final match and after long time has been sent to open the innings in a cricket match and Shahid Afridi responds with an innings of a life time and treat to watch for all the spectators who gathered in at Derbyshire to watch some spectacular fireworks. Shahid Afridi slammed 7 towering sixes and 10 forceful boundaries to complete his first T20 century of just 42 deliveries. Century in a high pressure game against a bowling attack which has international players like Matt Henry from New Zealand & Pakistan born South African leg spinner Imran Tahir. As none f the bowler was able to stem the flow of runs against Shahid Afridi and went over 10 runs an over.
Shahid Afridi First T20 century helped Hampshire to post a mammoth total of 249 runs in a quarter final and almost ensured victory for Hampshire as bowlers just need to contain the Derbyshire batting which their bowlers did easily and bundled out Derbyshire for just 148 runs to register a victory of 101 runs.
Flamboyant player like Shahid Afridi hasn’t had much success with the bat in T20 format with average just 19 runs per innings after 222 T20 innings and excluding this century he just managed to went passed 50 runs 9 times in his career so far.