Shahid Afridi broke into international cricket at the age of 16. In doing so, he inspired a generation of youngsters. A popular figure in Pakistan and world over, I take a little look into Afridi’s career, his T20 captaincy and his upcoming World Cup performance.
Shahid Afridi is trying his best to remain grounded and balanced – what does not come naturally to him is the ability to communicate in the right manner. His emotions override his sensibilities and this inadvertently leads him into trouble. He means well, but then in times to come, some controversies still await him, as does some trouble with his spine. So although there will be challenges, he will manage to pull through.
When it comes to his batting, November/December 2014 marks an improvement in being more consistent. This luckily filters through to the World Cup in February 2015. This tournament finds him being a guide as well as understanding how better to take his own captaincy forward. His partnerships, his synchronisation with the team will see his own and his team’s performance flourish with him. As a bowler he will become far too defensive, this could lead him to be more expensive than usual.
As a T20 Captain, Afridi will have a very promising start, but he seems to be the creator of his own problems. Confined by his own views, he will find that he running out of ideas – he will have to open up more and be ready to be more flexible if he is to assist the Pakistani T20 team towards its’ dues. Otherwise, disappointed fans and team management could come down quite hard on him.
2015 and 2016 are years in which Afridi will work hard to gain better grounding as a cricketer and also in his off-field endeavours. It should all slowly fall into place for him with 2017 turning out to be the most ideal year for him.