Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi ranks among the most popular cricketers in the world. The maverick all-rounder enjoys a huge fan following mainly because of the entertainment he guarantees on a cricket field. In the early part of his career, Afridi captured the public imagination with his explosive batting. He set and shattered several records batting as an opener, at the time the most destructive in the world. Over the years, he transformed into a quality leg-spinner and endured a severe decline in his batting prowess. Despite boasting of serious batting talent, Afridi's repeated failures with the willow frustrated his fans and teammates. Though he played some memorable knocks, Afridi was never really consistent with the bat. On most occasions he would last only a few balls, often ending up being lampooned by cricket fans. Afridi, now retired, carried forward that joke when he made an appearance at a public function. "Just like my batting I won't take up much of your time," he said as he commenced his address to draw laughter from the audience.
Shahid Afridi to the audience at a recent event "Assalamualaikum, just like my batting I won't take up much of your time" pic.twitter.com/H6L0dNd2Ek— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) September 25, 2017
Hahaha. Such a star— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) September 26, 2017
ROFL such a star across border...??— ? ???? ??? ? (@HonestWordsOnly) September 26, 2017
What a guy ????— Aditya Amin (@addyamin12) September 26, 2017
Hahahahahaha ??????????— CricFreak (@fagun07) September 26, 2017
Splendid sportsman.!— Ankur Pandey (@ankur1993_) September 26, 2017
Ha ha...good one ??— Rahul Sadu (@Krishyashrahul) September 26, 2017
Afridi's self-deprecating humour was appreciated by cricket lovers in India.
Really pleased that PCB- ICC have joined hands to bring cricket back home to Pak. Would 've been great to see some Indian players too— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) August 25, 2017
Afridi may not have enjoyed a lot of success against India in recent years, but Indian fans have always admired his ability to change the course of matches with a stroke of genius. Earlier, Afridi had tweeted about his desire of wanting Indian players to be part of the World XI team that played 3 T20Is against Pakistan.
On India's 71st Independence Day, Afridi tweeted a message of peace, tolerance and love. "Happy Independence Day India! No way to change neighbours, let's work towards peace, tolerance and love. Let humanity prevail," he wrote. His tweet was retweeted over 10,000 times.