'See ball, hit ball – the Boom Boom story': Former Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi promises to 'open up' on his Indian rivals in new autobiography
- Shahid Afridi: An Autobiography has been ghosted by journalist Wajahat S Khan and will be published by Harper Collins, India
- Boom Boom promises to open up on his rivalries and alliances, particularly those with India
- Aged just 16, Afridi smashed a 37-ball century against Sri Lanka in Kenya
- See more news from South Asia at www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome
17:07 EST, 18 October 2016
17:07 EST, 18 October 2016
One of Pakistan’s greatest ever players, Shahid Afridi: An Autobiography has been ghosted by journalist Wajahat S Khan and will be published by Harper Collins, India.
Afridi told the media about the forthcoming book: “I have a lot to say about my confidence, my fears, my adversaries, my ambitions, my goals and failures.
Shahid Afridi, known to cricket fans around the world as ‘Boom Boom’ has announced that his autobiography is to be released next year
“In the book, I’ve opened up about my rivalries and my alliances, particularly those with India, as well as my infatuation with the military and my take on politics,” said Afridi in a statement, reported local media outlets.
Like Wayne Rooney, Afridi is one of rare breed of sportsman to burst onto the scene at a very young age, only then to struggle under the burden of a cricket-mad-nation’s high expectations.
Aged just 16, Afridi smashed a simply ridiculous 37-ball century against Sri Lanka in Kenya, 1996.
Best of enemies: Boom Boom has promised to open up about his rivalries and my alliances, particularly those with India (pictured Sourav Ganguly examines the pitch in Lahore)
Although being a spinner first-and-foremost, the knock brought him a level of infamy and expectation at a very young age.
MailOnline had a brief chat with Pakistani cricket blogger Saj Sadiq, of Pak Passion fame, about what to expect from the new book, and what questions he’d like to see answered.
Sadiq, like all cricket fans would like to know about exactly what Afridi think about when he’s batting.
Like Wayne Rooney, Afridi is one of rare breed of sportsman to burst onto the scene at a very young age, only then to struggle under the burden of high expectations
Does he consider the bowler’s form, the pitch, the direction of the wind, air pressure, the newness of the ball, the match situation, the form of his partner at the other end, the expectations of the crowd, the expectations of all the Pakistan fans sitting at home watching him on the TV?
Or, for Afridi is it all really just a case of – see ball – hit ball?
Or on a more serious note.
Sadiq would like to know more about the aftermath of that famous innings in Nairobi when he put the Sri Lankan attack to the sword, hitting eleven sixes and playing a brand of cricket that simply wasn’t seen in the days before the IPL and the generation of players like Brendon McCullum, Ab de Villiers and Kevin Pietersen that arrived many years later.
One of Pakistan’s greatest ever players, Shahid Afridi: An Autobiography has been ghosted by journalist Wajahat S Khan and will be published by Harper Collins, India
Did the century he made off 37 balls actually ruin his career? Were the subsequent expectations of him too high every time he went out to bat?
How does Boom Boom feel about that innings and the consequences it had on his career?
Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly celebrates after taking the wicket of Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi during the fourth One Day-International between Pakistan and Indian in 2007
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