The Pathan Shahid Afridi representing the Peshawar Zalmi may have jumped the gun a wee-bit too early by confessing his wish to play his last match at Lahore, but as fate had it he missed his wish by a whisker. Peshawar Zalmi was taking on the Quetta Gladiators, both the side looked well balanced and had a lot of power in the arsenal.
Whatever it be there was a lot riding on the yesteryears entertainer Shahid Afridi. So from a personal point of view this was a big match for him if he wanted a blockbuster exit. But Afridi fought and fought like he has all the years. He did not go down without a fight. They needed a mammoth 201 to win. But Afridi’s team looked well poised to make it. Shaid Afridi played a brilliant hand and reminded all of us as to why he is hailed as the ‘once in a generation cricketer’.
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The Pathan smashed a surreal 13-ball 34. He cleared the ropes on four occasions, typical Shahid Afridi. But there was an instance when he hit Mohammad Nawaz for a humongous six, downtown. The score was 172 for 5 after 16.5 overs, when Afridi put on his dancing shoes, came near to the ball and smashed it right from the meat of the bat, the ball sailed into the night sky and almost went of of the ground. For a moment it did, but then rebounded to come back on the ground again.
That was Afridi we dearly loved and will miss a lot.