Shahid Afridi was one of the most destructive batsmen to play cricket ever. The Pakistan all-rounder, who announced himself on the international stage with a record-breaking 37-ball century, was known as ‘Boom Boom’ for his explosive style of play with his six-hitting skills.
However, Afridi has now revealed the person who gave him this nickname.
During one of his interactions with fans on Twitter, Afridi revealed that the nickname ‘Boom Boom’ was given to him by none other than current India chief coach Ravi Shastri. Shastri was an established commentator before taking over the role of India coach.
Ravi Shastri was working as a commentator after retirement during the time of Afridi’s rise in the international cricket. Shastri is known for coining many phrases that become part of the cricket lexicon during his commentary like ‘tracer bullet’ and ‘pressure cooker situation’.
Now it turns out that he may have been behind the most famous nicknames in world cricket.
Afridi announced his retirement from international cricket in February 2017 after playing 398 ODIs, 99 T20Is and 27 Tests. In ODIs, he scored 8064 runs with six centuries and 39 fifties. In T20Is, he had 1416 runs with four half-centuries while in Test cricket, he struck 1716 runs with five centuries and eight half-centuries.
Afridi is on the top of charts for most sixes in international cricket. He smashed 476 maximums during his illustrious career.
The Indian team is currently preparing for the fourth Test against England in Southampton. While India lost the first two Tests at Edgbaston and Lord’s, Virat Kohli and boys came back strongly in the third game at Trent Bridge and handed the hosts a 203-run defeat.
The fourth Test gets underway from Thursday and Kohli will look to continue the form that has seen him score two centuries in the series so far.