Sunday, August 28, 2011

Your Name Isn't Imran Khan- Shahid Afridi

In life, there are the people, who are truly iconic, and then others who mimic these people. Sharing some of the essence of the greatness, but severely lacking when all the cards are put on the table. Usually trying to make up the difference through bluff and bluster, but being seen through by discerning eyes


In Pakistani cricketing circles, this is the difference between a true icon in Imran Khan, and then a man that pales in comparison next to him in Shahid Afridi.


The comparison formulated because of the similarity in their style, charisma and meaning to so many. Two that have huge fanzines of little compare that cast them in such an iconic manner


In truth, it is a case of looking at a man that delivered on so many levels for Pakistan in Imran Khan. Then one in Shahid Afridi, who talks big, but then basks too long in his delusions of grandeur. Duly never making his talk into action.


Bizarrely, Afridi is still held in the same regard as Imran in many eyes. Seen as a messiah for Pakistan cricket


Lets take a second to think of some of Imran Khan's meaning to Pakistan. From him popularising the game in the 1970's, when it was being challenged by how strong the support was for the fabulous hockey stars. To him reintroducing leg spin as a force in the game through Abdul Qadir. Then his mastery of men in leadership, whether it be passing on his genius skill with the ball in regards to swing, that has made Pakistan the masters of this craft, or his crowning glory being the tight as a fist unit he forged. That graced Pakistan with its finest moment in cricket in the 1992 World Cup victory


A legacy left in his time in the game by Imran Khan, that really only has compare to the immortal Sir Frank Worrell's accomplishments in the West Indies


When you look at Afridi, the comparison is stark....


Just a man with delusions of grandeur, and talking the big talk, but always contradicting with his reckless and irresponsible actions


Words such as these tell a real truth.

"My heart bleeds to play for Pakistan and I am dying to play for my country." (ESPN CricInfo)


A heart that bled so much 'green', that it saw Afridi turn his back on Pakistan in England last year. When he was the Test Captain, which inadvertently lead to all the corruption, and shame brought to the Country 'he dies to play for'

Then in it's aftermath. When Misbah ul Huq picked up all the shattered pieces that was Pakistan cricket, and remarkably made them into a cohesive and competitive unit. Afridi took over the reins on the eve of the World Cup, and took all the glory for Misbah's good work.

 "I took a broken team along with me. When I took over the Pakistan team was in the middle of the spot-fixing crisis. Then the Zulqarnain Haider case happened but my side fought both against England and South Africa in the ODI series. Then we beat New Zealand, we got to the semis of the World Cup" (ESPN CricInfo)


Strangely though, Afridi took all the kudos for the victories in the World Cup, but allowed Misbah to assume the responsibility for the eventual demise to India.

Which is skewed, for Afridi held the destiny of the game in his palms. When he was at the crease in the Semi with Pakistan needing 80 runs from 54, and Misbah playing a perfect role in support. A productive Power Play, and the game was Pakistan's. Which was very in Pakistan's favour with them only needing a tad under 9 an over. Which is rather minute in these T20 slambam days.

Though with Misbah ready to explode with Afridi, the Captain never took the Power Play, and instead meekly surrendered by holing out to Sehwag in the circle

Terrible shot....Appalling Captaincy and then no acceptance of responsibility

Like his spineless actions in the game that mattered at the World Cup. When he was relieved of the Odi leadership, his primadonna view of himself lead him to 'conditionally retire' over a strained relationship with Coach Waqar Younis.


In the wake of Waqar's sad departure for health reasons. The very next second Afridi was wanting to be back playing for Pakistan. 


Great........Wonderful.........Lets hear three hearty cheers.....


But assume the same sarcasm Pakistan, and don't allow him back. For if you do, he will embody his famous nickname


By going BOOM BOOM to all that has been made good and respectable in his absence

4 comments:

  1. Imran Khan, The Greatest All Rounder in the history of the game.

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  2. A heart that bled so much 'green', that it saw Afridi turn his back on Pakistan in England last year. When he was the Test Captain, which inadvertently lead to all the corruption, and shame brought to the Country 'he dies to play for'


    Then in it's aftermath. When Misbah ul Huq picked up all the shattered pieces that was Pakistan cricket, and remarkably made them into a cohesive and competitive unit. Afridi took over the reins on the eve of the World Cup, and took all the glory for Misbah's good work.
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    lol. And how does Afridi get the blame for the spotfixing saga???

    And wait a sec, how many matches did Misbah win us in the WC??? In how many matches was he the man of the match?? And in how many matches was Afridi the man of the match???

    Isn't Afridi the same guy who saved Pakistan's pride against Canada in the WC??

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  3. An Article from typical Afridi hater

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  4. Awesome article!
    Afridi has just been attracting ppl for his gr8 hitting all his career and the truth is he hasnt even been consistent enough to be called a real hitter.......... then his bowling only allowed him to stay in the team......... comparing afridi to Sir Imran Khan is completely rubbish and totally useless!

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