After a long time when he took off his Test jersey, the former speed star of the Green Army Shoaib Akhtar believes that Shahid Afridi was better in Test cricket than ODI. Shahid Afridi is the former Pakistan national team cricketer and a number of times, he was the number #1 all-rounder in the cricket world.
Especially, he is called the ‘Boom Boom’ Afridi just because of his destructive batting style. In his 22 years professional career, the all-rounder only played 27 long format matches as we speak.
Shahid Afridi had a very long professional career which was almost 22 years. But his Test career consisted of only 12 years. In the year 1998, against Australia at Karachi, he made his Test debut, and in the year 2010, Afridi said goodbye to his white shirt permanently. Before saying goodbye, Shahid Afridi only played 27 Test matches so far.
In his 27 Test matches, with an average 36.51 runs, the former destructive batsman scored 1716 runs totally. Now, if we look at his ODI career, his batting average is 23.57 only. So, considering the Test statistics of Shahid Afridi, the fast bowler believes that the destructive batsman was better in the long format cricket rather than One Day International. The former speed star of Pakistan used to say that for a long time. Besides, he also believes that Afridi was a good bowler than as a batsman.
”I always told Shahid Afridi that you are much better Test player as compared to ODIs. I have always believed that he was a much better bowler than a batsman,” says @shoaib100mph https://t.co/ReXEqj0YNv
— Circle of Cricket (@circleofcricket) April 28, 2020
Though Shoaib Akhtar believed Afridi as the better player in Test cricket, it might not be true to the player himself. Shahid Afridi earned himself as the top-rated player in the short form of cricket but failed to do the same in the Test cricket. So, he said goodbye to the elite edition of cricket too early.
However, Afridi said goodbye to the Test cricket a total of three times. At first, in the year 2005, he announced his Test retirement for the first time. Then, in the following next year, he did the same thing. But finally, in the year 2010, after playing the Test against Australia.
However, the former skipper of the Green Army Rashid Latif has given another information as we know. Afridi took all his concentration to the white ball but his teammates gave him the suggestions for playing the long format cricket. Latif still believed that Shahid Afridi did not take the decision well by leaving Test so early. His record in the Test was good. So, he could continue his Test career.