But stardom was initiated for the cricketer when he scored a record 37-ball century against Sri Lanka in 1996 in his first international inning.
His batting average might suggest that he is not a prolific batsman, but Afridi sometimes score when it matters the most. His performance in Asia Cup against India and Bangladesh are moments, which will be cherished by his fans for years.
He has a unique quality of clearing the rope as he holds the record of scoring most number of sixes with 342. His closest rival in this domain is former Sri Lankan skipper Sanath Jayasuriya with 270. Jayasuriya has retired long ago and there is no one in sight who could out beat him in near future.
But many times he has disappointed the nation as well when they pinned hopes to him after top order batting line collapse. And yet the hopes have always been there to see him clearing the rope in normal and as well as in crucial situation.
Although Afridi has revealed his plan of retiring from ODIs after World Cup, he will be there in the most brief cricket tournament. Let’s hope that he would continue to entertain his fans with his sixes in T20s.