Shaheen Shah Afridi served a reminder to Pakistan cricket fans that as long as there is an Afridi in the team they can always expect fireworks.
The latest example of the Afridis treating a regulation cricket ball as their plaything came against Peshawar Zalmi in the final game of the group stages of PSL 7.
Needing 24 runs off the final over, Shaheen smacked Mohammad Umer for 23 runs to take the game to super-over.
His onslaught in the final over included one 4 and three 6’s, including one of the final ball of the contest.
— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) February 21, 2022
Though he could not prevent his side from losing the contest in the super-over, his performances drew praise from all corners of the country. Including his future father-in-law.
SHAHEEN AFRIDIIII YOU BEAUTYYY!!! pic.twitter.com/RPv9ui2lNp
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) February 21, 2022
Twitter was quick to point out the similarities between the two players who share the same last name and shirt number.
Same energy pic.twitter.com/y6SDwNT1ZY
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 22, 2022
— Shaziyaa (@ShaziyaaMehmood) February 22, 2022
Remember the name "Afridi"🔥❤️
But this time it's shaheen afridi👍❤️ pic.twitter.com/6ZXmaocgaO
— Abdul Rahman (@ARRahmanMaqsood) February 22, 2022
— Saad Malik (@Engrsaadmalik) February 22, 2022
— CricWick (@CricWick) February 21, 2022
His innings also included this unique distinction.
Shaheen Afridi becomes the first captain to hit a six off the final ball to tie a match (including tie-breakers).#PSL2022
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) February 22, 2022
Despite the loss, Shaheen Shah Afridi ensured that his team still finished second in the PSL table to get two bites of the cherry in the playoffs.
He will be seen in action next on Wednesday, February 23rd when Lahore Qalandars takes on Multan Sultans with a slot in the final of PSL 7 at stake.