New Delhi: Big day, big match and the sort of a perfect occasion for Pakistan cricket team skipper Afridi to bid adieu with a 'boom-boom' innings for the fans and a win for his side.
Afridi, who has been a great ambassador of the sport for his nation, could feature in his last international cricket game when Pakistan face Australia in a Super League, Group 10 match in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 in Mohali on Friday.
Afridi had said on Tuesday, that the game against Australia in the World T20, could be his swansong.
Pakistan haven't impressed so far and is on the brink. A win could keep them in hunt for qualification as they would also rely on other team's results.
Therefore for Pakistan, their skipper Shahid Afridi will have a big role to play on this mega occasion. Afridi, who has been in the news recently has faced a lot of criticisms on and off the field.
The 36-year-old Afridi, has been an aggressive player all his life and Pakistan needs him to find his mojo once again for the final time. Afridi, who made his debut for Pakistan in 1996, has entertained fans all around the world for 20 years.
The high-profile player will hope to go out on a high with a victory. His personal form has been mixed in this tournament and on this special day, one would hope Afridi goes for the kill with a sound presence of mind.
The way Afridi handles his side and makes key decisions on the field, would matter a lot for Pakistan.
Afridi had played 27 Tests and 398 One-day Internationals apart from featuring in 97 T20Is.
Afridi had retired from Test cricket during the Pakistan team’s tour to England in 2010 after captaining the side in just the first Test at Lords. He had also retired from ODIs after the 2015 ICC World Cup.
Here is a look at Shahid Afridi's T20I career.
Matches: 97, Runs: 1391, HS: 54*, Avg: 18.06, SR: 150.7, Wkts: 97