Shahid Afridi, the swashbuckling batsman who was considered as one of the most destructive batsmen of his era and fondly called as ‘boom boom’ Afridi made a startling revelation after a few years of his retirement.
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has finally ended the mystery around his age. Afridi confirmed in his recently published autobiography Game Changer that he was actually born in 1975, not 1980 that “authorities stated” throughout his career.
Shahid Afridi wasn’t actually 16 when he smashed a record-breaking 37-ball century against Sri Lanka. That’s because Afridi is five years older than records suggest.
That means he was not 16 when he struck a famous 37-ball century against Sri Lanka in 1996.
“I was just nineteen, and not sixteen as they claim,” Afridi wrote. “I was born in 1975. So yes, the authorities stated my age incorrectly.”
However, that statement only adds to the confusion. If Afridi was born in 1975 then he was not 19 either.
Shahid Afridi holds the record for most sixes in ODI history (351).