Shahid Afridi has finally revealed the person who gave him the nickname ‘Boom Boom’.
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.
Shahid Afridi was talking to fans during a Q&A session on Twitter handle on Sunday. One of his fans asked him about the person who gave him the famous ‘Boom Boom’ title. Afridi then revealed that it was former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri who gave him the famous nickname.
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.