Wonder kid Shahid Afridi has bounced back to form after scoring a scintillating 1000-run knock in a school cricket match in Karachi. Batting at no 9, Afridi hit 65 sixes and 120 fours to reach the milestone before running himself out when he, in a fit of enthusiasm, ran too hard and ended up running beside his partner. Though, both batsmen running to the same end is an acceptable running between the wickets technique in Pakistan, pioneered by legendary runner Inzamam-ul-Haq and widely followed by the entire Pakistan cricket team, many criticized Afridi for not grounding his bat.
Afridi looked jubilant as he addressed a press conference after the match. The champion cricketer, who has decided to focus only on T20 and Book Cricket after retiring from other formats, said at the press conference, “Today, I have silenced my critics who always said I am not capable of playing big innings and refused to acknowledge my record breaking scores against Kamran Akmal in book cricket. I tried to answer them with the bat in the past as well but they managed to run away every time I chased them with the bat.”
Pakistani fans, who had recently celebrated their team’s series win against Zimbabwe after realizing that their next international match is in 2017, have decided to continue the celebration as their only internationally known player is back in form.
One of the fans, while speaking to The Unreal Times, Said, “There was an ever-present look of confusion on his face, as if he was unsure whether he was a batsman, a bowler, a fielder, a non-playing captain, or just a bearded guy, standing in the middle of the ground for no apparent reason. This innings will help him understand his role in the team.”
We contacted the captain of the school team against whom Afridi scored all the runs, and he said, “We hadn’t conceded so many runs in all the matches put together in last one year, but today these two uncles said they needed some match practice before IPL and decided to bowl at Afridi,” he pointed toward two gentlemen who resembled Ishant Sharma and Ashok Dinda.
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