It pains us that a whole generation of young cricket watchers won’t ‘get’ Shahid Afridi.
Even after watching him hit 51 off 34 balls, they still won’t get it. Twenty20 has legitimised the Shahid Afridi approach to batting and legitimacy has no place in the world of Shahid Afridi. Shahid Afridi hit the fastest ever international hundred in his first innings for Pakistan. Shahid Afridi has tried to better that in every innings ever since, whether in form or out of form; whether in a Twenty20 run chase or trying to save a Test.
The man is a warped genius blessed with some kind of invisible forcefield that protects him from reason and common sense.
His bowling’s brilliant as well, but again that’s to not ‘get’ Shahid Afridi.