Feb 2, 2011 - Shahid Afridi    58 Comments

Afridi – the quintessential Pakistani

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In 21st century Pakistan, cricket can be called the opiate of the masses, and the hardest most potent drug of all is one Shahid Khan Afridi. Pakistan has produced far better cricketers than Afridi who brought greater accolades and honor home, some were even bigger stars and some had more charisma but no one invoked as much passion among its subjects as Shahid Afridi does, for he is, undoubtedly, Pakistan’s favourite son.
Pakistan, unfortunately, is divided on most matters, whether it is the matter of royalties for natural resources, water distribution or Veena Malik’s conduct in the house of Big Boss; what Pakistanis agree on, wholeheartedly is that Afridi is essential to cricket in Pakistan and they would want him around for as long as he can play. Afridi is the biggest – perhaps the only – leveler in Pakistan. He belongs to everyone and is adored by all with the same intensity.
Pakistanis whether living at home or abroad love Afridi, whether they are young, old or senile, they love Afridi. Whether they are male, female or a hermaphrodite, they love Shahid Afridi. Whether they are gay, straight, confused, bisexual, trysexual or asexual, they love Shahid Afridi. Whether they are tribal or urbane went to one of the Peela schools or something as elitist as Aitchison or KGS, they love Shahid Afridi. They love Afridi because essentially they can all see a little bit of themselves in him, for he is a quintessential Pakistani – irreverent, restless, a little rough around the edges, impulsive, talented, street smart, ambitious but a little clueless (ok, Pakistan is a lot more clueless, but this is not the place for that rant), quirky and oh-so-endearing.
Though his heart is always in the right place, like most of Pakistanis, the line for right or wrong is a little blurry for him. He has danced and hopped and walked on a pitch to make it work – of course for the country –got caught and was forgiven by all because he was doing it for the motherland. He tried chewing a ball with over a couple of dozen cameras zooming in on him – again for the country – and we absolved him. He was impulsive and did not think but we forgave because we all have been guilty of doing the same. Afridi, probably like most of the Pakistanis, believed that the end justifies the means and was willing to go to any lengths to win it for us, even if meant chewing a ball with Umar Gul’s sweat on it!
Afridi has announced his retirement as frequently as Lindsey Lohan has attended rehab – which is an insane number of times – but he always comes back and we always welcome him with open arms
Though Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammed Asif have gained more notoriety for getting banned, Afridi too has had his share of bans for pirouetting on the pitch in Faisalabad, for mistaking the ball for an apple in Dubai and hitting a spectator with his bat in South Africa. He also received various reprimands from PCB for shooting from his mouth. Unlike Akhtar and Asif, Afridi is can transgress like no other and is still forgiven by all.
Just like most Pakistanis, Afridi too has gone through an identity crisis. He got into the team as a leggie and then scored that record breaking earth shattering mind numbingly stupendous century and deluded himself for a very long time that he is a batsmen. He then thought of himself as a batting all rounder. However, unlike most Pakistanis, he has metamorphosed into what he was always destined to be – a bowler. Though his heroics as a bowler are legendary these days, the idea of an Afridi six still has aphrodisiac like qualities and despite coming to terms with the fact that he is mainly a bowler, we all yearn for those blows that have enthralled us all for oh so long.
Just like other Pakistanis, Afridi refuses to learn and continues to make the same mistakes. While Pakistanis continue to elect the same old faces and vacillate between democracy and dictatorship, Afridi continues to squander his wicket playing one suicidal shot after another. He may shake his head and vow never to slip-up again but every time he puts on the pads, out goes the memory and the rush of blood propels him to do the same – all Pakistanis have been guilty of this, hence we forgive our mercurial Lala for all his follies.

Diplomacy and tact are alien to most Pakistanis; we are one of the most “in your face” people in the world and Shahid Afridi is a true son of Pakistan. Whether telling the world that PCB has announced the team without his consultation or calling Yasir Hamid an idiot with mental faculties of a 15 year old, Afridi never shied away from making his opinions known.
Lala is the only Pakistani and third player in the world to have scored 6000 runs, taken 100 catches and 250 wickets in ODI history. He is also the first, and to date only, cricketer to have taken 50 wickets in T20 and also holds the record for hitting maximum number of sixes ever but we also know that we don’t love him for his cricketing prowess.

Let’s admit it. Lala is not the best cricketer who has ever graced this land, nor is he most articulate, but he is magic when he is on field, even when he does not do much. But when it is his day, he is breathtaking. Back in 2005, I went to see an ODI against England in Karachi. The crowd screamed when Afridi’s name was announced as he was back in the side after two match ban. He came and played a short and sweet innings like he mostly do. He got run out because of a bad call from MoYo. So miffed was the crowd with MoYo that he dared to get Lala out, the a full capacity National stadium booed him and the stand I was in did not even cheer him for his half century. That was the day I was convinced that Lala transcends it all and appeal to people like very few mortals can. He can temper with the pitch and get banned, eat the cricket ball, cavort with Indian actresses, peddle awful soda drinks, kill animals and gets away with it all.

Afridi sells and every brand manager worth his salt knows it. He can add the cool quotient to something as mundane as rice or toothpaste and make it popular beyond its target audience because Lala’s audience is just about everyone. If anyone has doubts, they should check his title of Boom Boom on the shirts of the whole cricket team – a brand name that is coined after him. Heck, he has even made spin bowling look sexy.
Here is some Lala love for all Afridi fans.

Lala is not at home in test kit

Lala ki sawariyan

Lala is awesome in a car

But then Lala is just as awesome inside a plane

and no one can rock bus riding like Lala does

Lala – the sartorial wonder

Lala in a cap

Lala does wonders for chappals

Lala attempting Levity

All tied up and ready to go

on the right head, even namaz ki topi can be a fashion statement

Modeling for his own brand

Working a floral shirt

Working desi formals – with ice cream parlor chor in the background

Afridi with relief goods in Balochistan during 2007 floods

Afridi signed up for I-Own-Karachi campaign

Flood relief work in KPK

Flood relief work

Awww I got visited by Lala

Probably telling the mates how did he dance around the pitch and got banned
He models with mates when the occasion calls for it, sometimes even the crew joins in
Even Brett Lee is charmed by our Lala

But MoYo is more interested in Burger (Would Burger King be Halal enough for MoYo?)

Doing the kaptani duty

Convincing the coach that he indeed is a lucky bastard

With Rashid Lateef

Lala in groupie mode with Courtney Walsh

Younus loves him as much as we do

Lala inspires awe in his fans …

This kid is in seventh heaven

aray yaar camera tau hathao samnay se

Adoration

Lala in the middle

Yes!!! got an autograph. My friends will be, like, so jealous.

demand for autograph is just as great among aunties..

and kids …

and gora people

the police walah is probably envied by his colleagues

Lala craze in unfazed

This girl is ecstatic but who can blame her,he is actually holding her hand

Lala the family man

playing with daughter

Come on Lala, keep your children away from Kakmal, he is bad influence

and he should also keep his girls away from Inzi and his towel clad gaddi nasheen son

With Aqsa and Ajwa

in pain
Lala in action

defying gravity with blond highlights

with gray hair at the temples

major lolz, Lala attempting to read ICC rulebook. Kakmal and Gullay are not even trying

Lets get that one

At times, Lala kills soft furry birds

but then he takes on a snake as well

Though he gets paid shitloads of money to peddle pepsi, he is not averse to other brands

Telling reporters to bow down to his awesomeness

Making prayers look cool (YK needs to shave though)

What??? Lala leading the prayers even when MoYo has a bigger beard and spend far more money on beard hair dye!!!

Under pressure, he can mistake the ball for an apple

Sublime!

If only I had food available, I would not have eaten that ball

Inzi bhai tau road pe lay aye hain yaar

the strut

that’s why I sell that shampoo

is that a hint of a paunch? the fans really don’t care

Lala can also work a pole without stripping

Self love much? ghar ke har kamray main apni hi photo

o ja bhai, rasta pakar

SRK wants a piece of Lala
Lala is so beyond cool that even Ashton Kutcher copied his look

With arms wide open

and still open
oh the arms

and that’s how it became the signature style

and here I am … again

I get escorts, but not the right kind

Come on man, you gotta listen to me..

yes, cheer me on

yar bhaji, you dont crack Patha jokes and I wont crack sardar jokes

Lala is so nice, he even takes care of the crying babies

Need some breathing space please

Samson Afridi

Yeah baby

A towel over shorts!!! I think Lala is trying to hide the fact that there is less fab and more flab around the waist
An ass-tastic view

PS: this is perhaps the most time consuming post ever
PPS: I initially posted some 85 odd pictures but then decided to go for a century, so added a few more.

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58 Comments

  • just WOWWWW! This must’ve taken a lot of time.

    One small advice : Maintain maximum distance from Mrs. Afridi. Pathan khwateen can tear their nemesis into two, especially when they see women oggling at their husbands.

  • Oh emm geeeee!! This must have taken FOREVERRR!!! But I attest that it was worth the time you took. I loved looking through the pictures and the captions that went with them 🙂

  • Loved it ! THE BEST post on Lala EVER. Loved everything ! Awesome awesome ! Kudos ! 😀

  • Hahaha! Briliant, Tazeen Bibi. I can only imagine the time it must have taken. well done. 🙂 Thank you for total salivatory Lala Shrine. Am sending to all Kashmiri Afridi fans – meaning all Kashmiris. *cartwheels*

  • dude, thank you for this – what an effort. maza aa gaya.

    wish there was a way to comment on individual pictures, but i’ll pick one at random: the one of him at the airport (?) in the jeans and the peshawari chappals – tha policeman has a picture with every cricket star heh.

  • Shahid,

    I have moved North, so I am far from Mrs Afridi’s clutches.

    Sana,

    That policeman must have been most envied at his local thana.

    Sabbah,
    Should we send Afridi to broker peace in kashmir? Afridi for World Peace and Nobel Prize?

    Nida and Zeeshan

    Shukriya

  • Taz, I love you even more now. This post is yummylicious 😉

  • Lala-ful.

  • Well scripted attempt and ur first to say the least …. being a die hard fan of afridi since 97 i thought i saw it all until i got to the pants down bit 😀 … keep up the good work

  • when i said first i meant first on cricket … just to b clear 🙂

  • Pure awesomeness!

  • Well said, would Burger King be halal enough for Mohammad Yousuf,interesting, there are few HAlal burger kings , i know you are kindding though.

  • and he is still only 20! (or 16, as some people wrongly think)

  • Love Afridi, Love the post.

    I ran a search for some shot where only the back of his shirt: AFRIDI 10 would be clearly visible but I didn’t find any. There is one in your post but that’s like you said, asstastic, not the eye level shot i was looking for.

  • he maybe a fan favourite with his flamboyance and his 23.00 batting average, but he is not captaincy material. Pitch tampering, ball tampering, altercation with fans…he loses his mind under pressure. Im always worried what he’ll do next..

  • Yayy!! Thanks! I just love him and his playing attitude.. no matter how inconsistent he may be, opponents are scared of him.. and that says a lot…
    very nice pics.. and ha ha captions!

  • Sweetheart, ek baat tau hai after these pics no one “male, female, hermaphrodite,gay, straight, bisexual, trysexual or asexual” would call him Lala (Bhai)yara. Totally lustworthy!!

  • or as they say bhai (lala) hongey aap kay

  • He is popular in India as well. Though people like him for his notoriety. I think he should join Pakistan politics.

  • click on the following link for a touching tribute to salman taseer in benazir bhutto’s voice:

    it is a video of benazir bhutto’s recital of a poem with benazir bhutto’s & salman taseer’s video.

  • Best blog post EVAR. Hahaha god, the captions had me in fits hahahaha. AWESOME work! Not as awesome as Lala though. -_-

    Pakistan Zindabad! All set for the World Cup omg.

  • I want a lala action figure.

  • Hey Tazeen,

    A wonderful collection of pictures. Good job. Even though I don’t think of Afridi as highly as my Pakistani friends do, but still enjoyed it.

    Cheers.

  • Pure awesomeness. Lala – all the way:D

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  • i’d like to post a nice long comment, but the tears of joy falling from my face keep maing my fingers slip on the keyboard.

    you should get a nishan-e-haider for this post. sublime

  • BRILLIANT 😀

  • Just too good.
    The post made me laugh … and then cry.
    It was THAT good 🙂

  • Awesome

  • A very nice collection of pictures. Add the pic of him blowing a kiss to Kallis, please. 😛

  • The BEST post on LALA! Get that cup for us!!!! 🙂

  • if you love afridi so much WHY did you put up the pic with his pants down.. that was an unpleasant pic.. the ass-tastic view is a great pic.. somehow the frontal one is not so visually appealing 🙁

  • Damn, I’ve never seen sooooo many pictures of Afridi like this all at once! You should definitely get a nishan-e-haider for this post!

  • Hayeeeeeee

  • let me say it again.

    NISHAN-E-AFRIDI for tazeen!

  • My first comment on your blog and that too coz of Lala. Tazeen, it would be not justified to just say good work and thank you to you.
    Great effort!

  • ohhhhhhmmmmmmmmgggggggggg.He is soooooooooooo yummyyyyyyyyyy.I kinda got wet.lollllllllzzzzzzz.

    Beenish

  • Well I have to say nice collection of pictures but its too over-rated. He does play well but that happens after ages. What is the point in creatin such hype out of him when you know you can’t rely on him.
    He is a great player but not so great to be praised this much. Why do u keep forgetting his ever repeating mistakes on field, even when the team needs him like anything!
    He is good-looking but that doesn’t mean people fall for him and forget his immature attitude on the field where it matters the most!
    I am also a fan of his but he disappoints me more often.
    Your story is kind of overrated, ignores the serious mis-behaviors and wrongs that he had done.
    Better compare him to a real cricket star, you will see the difference yourself.
    Mind you he is the best allrounder player, only if he uses his mind and play with good temperament and not as a ‘gali-wala’ guy.
    He is famous all around the world especially in India, which is a big thing but needs to work on himself to be a legend like Sachin or Kallis.
    He should be back in Test Cricket, learn that side of cricket too instead of givin up!
    One inning that I will never forget was the t20 world cup final that Pakistan won. That match, Afridi played like a legend. He needs to watch that again and play mature often.
    Love Afridi.

  • Afridi the glue that holds us together !!! (The most ridiculous statement i have ever read)

    Here is what i think of Afridi:

    1) He is a cheat: The ball biting
    episode,
    tampering the
    pitch etc.

    2) He has no sense of controlling his temperament as a batsmen or captain.

    3) He is wholly or partly responsible for hundreds of
    games lost by Pakistan due to his reckless performance.

    4) He is a person who after playing 100s of one day international still bats with a technique of 12 year old.

    5) He is semi literate thug who uses foul and abusive language for his own players as well as others.

    6) He is just a one trick pony(or
    rather ass) whose most
    sophisticated technique is “if
    i see it i will smash it”

    He has lots of fans just as “Qadri” the killer and Taliban have lots of fans because we are a dumb f..ck delusional nation with intellectual capacity of a mentally handicapped that is why
    we idolize those who amuse us with verbs like smashing, trashing, killing, beating, blaming, cheating, corrupting etc etc.

    I think Afridi should not be captain of Pakistan or in the team at all but its too late.

    He helped out Beenish anyways.

  • Great post and lovely captions! The best one was where you called Salman Butt ‘the ice cream parlor chor’ , lol

  • Now, i must say there is someone who likes Afridi more than me.
    Stay blessed !!!

  • Awsome Ever post

  • Heeya! Ohhh Myy. How much time did you take to complete this post, a century or two? Lol. Lovely pictures of Lala 😛
    I lovee ettt.
    And yeah, pretty nice blog. Very up-to-date 😀
    Good luccck with your awesome blog, Auntiee.

  • Wow! Awesome!
    Best post ever on LALA! Afridi for President 🙂

  • To the author of this post,
    I love you for making such a awesome post on LALA.

    @Akhan,
    dude,you get an appointment with a psychiatrist.
    You are talking BULL SHIT.

  • has to be the cutest post ever…also reminded me of our college days 🙂

  • Really beautiful collection of Shahid Afridi pics – Boom Boom Afridi is definitely the most charming and fascinating man in cricket who has what it takes to lead his team to victory! 🙂

  • “but we do agree on the awesomeness of Afridi. Lala, as he is affectionately called by us, rocks us all. “

    Oh, come on, for god’s sake…what is with all this afridi-worhsip that is around?
    It’s disappointing and frustrating knowing that intelligent, educated women who advocate women’s rights are also a part of the mob that has a massive crush on the typical charismatic, unpredictable badboy/prettyboy. Atleast Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis were good cricketers. And from what I’ve heard so far so was Imran Khan.

  • Extra ordinary effort ! Keep up the good work 🙂

  • Great job! lala is realy a gud human being also a great player.. he is so modest.. wow his children are so cute!!! masha allah… allah bless him and his family….

  • Tazeen,

    Wonderful work. I’m a huge Shahid Afridi fan. And it was such a pleasure going through the pictures, plus the write-up is brilliant!
    Great read.

    Thanks.

    Love from across the border,
    Mehnaz

  • love shahid …m an indian…and not a cricket fan…but after reading this post want to meet him once in my life…and get an autograph on my hand..:D:D

  • Proud that Paki living legend lives in my street 🙂

  • very hard working post gud research
    latest mobiles

  • LMAO I’m not a fan but many of my friends were, diehard types, back in school. Loved the captions.

  • I just saw this post thanks to #AwesomePashtunThings trending on twitter, and try as I might, only he can sing where prose fails:

    Jaan jaan Afridi, boom boom Afridi

    the captions, the photos, just the sheer beauty of this post will live in our hearts and memories forevermore.

    Aameen.

  • I foresee Lala’s statue somewhere in Khi with his victory pose..

  • Seems that Pakistani girls are more interested in Cricketers than Cricket itself.

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