Shahid Khan Afridi who is known for his potent in churning out the balls out of the park by generating enough bat speed against the pace of the delivery has by far been one of the stupendous peaches of an entertainer the frenzy cricketing fraternity has ever relished.
Habitually called as ‘Boom Boom Afridi’, he has been the crucial core part of Pakistan cricket team and has carved out a reputation for himself as a fructifying all-rounder. Gone are that scenic feast of carnival when Afridi used to project the towering sixes with relative ease.
It is a well-known fact that Afridi’s routine is to scoop sixes and has always been the thorn to the opposition bowlers and gave them the hiccups. Not to forget the fact that he bowled with subtle variations and also added a elan dimension to Pakistan’s all-round bowling attack.
Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi entitling to his own perspective picked his all-time favourite playing XI with a list of experienced players. Interestingly, Shahid Afridi gave a top priority to Aussie players as he chose four Aussies, two West Indians, two Pakistanis and a lone Indian.
Legendary Sachin Tendulkar finds a lone space as an Indian and Afridi wants Sachin and star Aussies’ Adam Gilchrist to light the innings with a spark. At the No.3 comes the Aussie great Ricky Ponting and next comes the Caribbean legend Brian Lara to strengthen the top order.
Pakistan all-time hero Inzamam-ul-Haq finds the place at the No.5 position whereas the elegant Kumar Sangakkara at No.6. Afridi believes that there is no other all-rounder who is as great as South African connoisseur Jacques Kallis who comes at the No.7 position.
Coming to the bowling attack, Shahid Afridi picked Shane Warne as leg-spinner whereas the fierce pace includes the greats such as Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath and Courtney Walsh.
Shahid Afridi’s all-time playing XI:
Sachin Tendulkar, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Pointing, Brain Lara, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Kumar Sangakkara, Jacques Kallis, Wasim Akram, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Courtney Walsh.