New Delhi: Former Pakistan cricket team captain Shahid Afridi took to social media to wish his fans a happy birthday and once again created confusion about his age.
According to the ICC official website, Afridi was born on 1 March 1980, which makes him 41 years old. But Afridi mentioned in his tweet that he turned 44 on Monday.
On Twitter he wrote, “Thank you very much for wishing everyone a very happy birthday – 44 today! My family and my fans are my greatest assets.”
Earlier in his memoir titled Game Changer, Afridi stated that he was 19 years old and not 16 years old during his cricket debut. He also revealed that he was born in 1975. In fact, after this, questions started to arise that if he was born in 1975, then he was 21 years old in his debut.
Afridi made his debut in 1996 against Sri Lanka in Nairobi. He holds the record for scoring a century in 37 balls in an ODI match.
All-rounder Afridi played 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 99 T20s. He was part of Pakistan’s 2009 T20 World Cup winning team. He was also adjudged Player of the Match in the final, in which Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by eight wickets. He scored an unbeaten innings of 54 off 40 balls.
An aggressive batsman and a spinner, Afridi is also famous for his many retirements during his career for Pakistan.