Former teammate and all-rounder Azhar Mahmood has revealed that Afridi played the world record innings with the bat of Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar. Afridi made his Pakistan debut in 1996 in a four-nation ODI series in Kenya. He started with the same series. Afridi joins Pakistan squad unexpectedly after Mushtaq Ahmed injured Afridi was then with the Pakistan ODI team touring the West Indies.
The other teams in the series were Sri Lanka, South Africa and host Kenya. All matches were played in Nairobi. Afridi’s fiery performance came in the second ODI of his career. The opponents were Sri Lanka. Mahmood scored 102 off 40 balls that day.
Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana were the openers of the Sri Lankan team at that time. Both were attacking players. It was in the wake of this that Pakistan decided to field someone capable of playing in the same style at number three. Wasim Akram asked himself and Afridi to attack the net and practice batting. Afridi hit the spinners as he patiently swung the bat. He never left anyone on Netflix.
The next day is our match against Sri Lanka. The captain and coach informed us that Afridi was batting at number three. Sachin Tendulkar gave a bat to Waqar Younis. Afridi used the same bat then. Afridi was able to score a century in the game and become a batsman. Afridi was a bowler who actually knew batting as well. But with that performance, he became a batsman. Mahmoud added that Afridi had a very good career.
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