Former Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi is recognized as one of the sport’s most explosive and aggressive players ever. Afridi, known as “Boom Boom,” is one of the most well-liked cricket players in Pakistan and across the world due to his aggressive batting style and outstanding leg spin bowling. He was one of the most destructive lower order batter from Paksitan. With his outstanding strike rate, he single-handedly helped Pakistan in winning several games.
Over more than twenty years, he participated in matches for the Pakistani national team and served as captain several times.
In 1996, Shahid Afridi made his international debut for Pakistan. Afridi was a competent leg spinner in addition to his batting, and his ability to take wickets made him an important member of the Pakistani side.
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Shahid Afridi Overall Captaincy Records and Stats in All Formats
Shahid Afridi captained the Pakistani team from 2009 to 2016 on different occasions. He led Pakistan in 82 Test ODI and T20I matches winning 38 and losing 42. He has a winning percentage of 46 and a Win/loss ratio of 0.9.
Shahid Afridi ODI Captaincy Record
Shahid Afridi started ODI captaincy in 2011 as a regular captain and continued till 2014. His main reason for leaving captaincy was consistently bad performance of Pakistani team in some series.
- Shahid Afridi led the Pakistani team in 38 ODI matches, winning 19 and losing 18 with a win-to-loss ratio of 01.
The above data shows that Afridi has an outstanding win % of 50 in ODI cricket. This ranks him among Pakistan’s top captains.
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Afridi Captaincy Stats at Home and Away in ODI
Pakistan had not played any series or match under Afridi’sAfridi’s captaincy at the Home venue because of security issues in Pakistan. Almost all series or matches were played away and on a neutral venue. As a captain has amost similar record on both venues with one win more at neutral venue than away.
We can conclude that Afridi was the successful captain at a neutral venue for Pakistan.
ODI Series Won Under Shahid Afridi Captaincy
Pakistan played seven ODI Bilateral series under Shahid Afridi’s leadership, winning only 02 and losing the 05 series.
Here is the detailed series analysis of the Bilateral series of Shahid Afridi as an ODI captain for Pakistan.
So, three series were played at a neutral venue in UAE, and the rest of the series was played at an away venue.
Shahid Afridi ODI Playing Record As Capt. VS Player
How successful was Afridi as a batter during his stint as a captain? The answer can be guessed from the below stats in which his average strike rate and number of sixes were increase during his captaincy stint.
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Shahid Afridi T20I Captaincy Record
Most of the matches that Shahid Afridi captained in T20Is ended in losses. He captained the Pakistani T20 team in 43 matches, winning only 19 and losing 23 matches.
He has less than a 44 % win rate in T20I as a captain, which shows that he was an average captain of T20I cricket.
How Many Series Has Afridi won in T20I as a Captain?
Shahid Afridi has led Pakistan in 15 T20I Bilateral series, winning only 06 while losing 08. Only 01 series were drawn.
Here is the year-by-year record of the Bilateral series of Pakistan Under Afridi’sAfridi’s Captaincy.
|PAK in SL||2009||01||01||–|
|PAK Vs NZ (UAE)||2009||02||02||0||0|
|PAK in ENG||2010||02||02||0||–|
|PAK in ENG||2010||02||0||02|
|PAK vs SA (UAE)||2010||02||0||02||–|
|PAK in NZ||2010||03||01||02|
|PAK in WI||2011||01||0||01|
|PAK vs AUS (UAE)||2014||01||01|
|PAK in NZ||2014||02||01|
|PAK in BAN||2015||01||01|
|ZIM in PAK||2015||02||02||0|
|PAK in SL||2015||02||02||0|
|PAK in Zim||2015||02||02|
|PAK vs ENG (UAE)||2015||03||02|
|PAK in NZ||2016||03||01||02|
Shahid Afridi T20I Batting Record As Capt. VS Player
The only difference we can see here is the number of sixes which are more in his captaincy time than with out captaincy. This means that his strike rate was improved but when we look at he batting average his batting average as a captain was less than as a player.
|As Player||As Captain|
Shahid Afridi Test Captaincy Record
He was announced as a Test Captain in 2010 but he skip the captaincy job after one test match. This match was played between Pakistan and England.
Shahid Afridi’s Captaincy Record in Major Tournaments
In major tournaments, Shahid Afridi led the Pakistan team in Asia Cup 2016, World T20 2010, and 2016.
- In the 2010 World Cup Pakistan became the semi-finalist but unfortunately lost in the last Over. When Mike Hussey smashed three sixes and a four to Saeed Ajmal and Pakistan lost a winning game.
- In the 2016 T20 World Cup Pakistan failed to reach the semi-final.
- In Asia Cup 2016, Pakistan ended its journey in the third spot. While India and Bangladesh qualify for the Final.
|Asia Cup T20 2016||04||02||02|
|World T20 2010||06||02||04|
|World T20 2016||04||01||03|
When did Shahid Afridi Started Captaincy for Pakistan?
When Afridi was named captain of the Pakistani squad for a series against England in 2010, his leadership career formally got underway. Afridi had never led the team as captain before, so there were some questions about his capacity for management. Despite these reservations, Afridi captained the side to a series victory over England, which helped to strengthen his role as captain.
Was Afridi a Successful Captain?
Afridi was only sometimes a successful captain, despite adopting an aggressive leadership style. He found it difficult to remain consistent, and there were times when his team fell short of his expectations. Afridi’s captaincy career was also limited by some issues, including his choice to retire from Test cricket in 2010 and his decision to step down as captain after a defeat to Australia in 2010.
Finally, Shahid Afridi’s time as a skipper was a great mix. While he was able to motivate his team to several memorable wins, he also had consistency issues and was involved in several scandals. Afridi continues to be a beloved figure in Pakistani cricket despite these losses, and his aggressive and offensive captaincy style will be remembered for years to come.