first_imgShahid Afridi blasted his maiden T20 hundred more than a year after retiring from international cricket.The former Pakistan captain smashed 101 off 43 balls in Hampshire’s 101-run victory over Derbyshire in the Natwest t20 Blast. The 37-year-old opened the innings for Hampshire and hammered 10 fours and seven sixes in an innings that reminded the cricketing world of his golden years.Afridi had stormed into the international with a 37-ball century against then world champions Sri Lanka in 1996. The record stood for several years before it was broken by Corey Anderson in 2014. (Happy Independence Day India, tweets Pakistan legend Shahid Afridi)Afridi went on to become one of limited-overs cricket’s greatest entertainers over the next two decades. He finished with 8064 runs and 395 wickets from 398 ODIs and bowed out of the 50-over format after Pakistan’s exit in the 2015 World Cup. (Still have fond memories of playing in India: Shahid Afridi ahead of India-Pakistan ICC Champions Trophy final)The flamboyant all-rounder led Pakistan in the World T20 next year in India before bringing the curtain down on an illustrious career after a disappointing campaign for the team.Despite his success in the shorter formats. Afridi’s Test career never took off. In 27 matches, he managed 1716 runs and 48 wickets. He played his last Test against Australia at Lord’s in 2010.last_img

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