Shahid Afridi celebrated his birthday on March 1, and the all-rounder took to Twitter to thank everyone for their birthday wishes. However, the cricketer’s tweet triggered fresh controversy regarding his age, after Shahid Afridi claimed he turned 44.
Many websites indicate that Shahid Afridi is currently 41, and fans were left scratching their heads as they speculated on his real age. The age conundrum got murkier after it came to light that Shahid Afridi had given an altogether different birth year in his autobiography.
Thank you very much for all the lovely birthday wishes – 44 today! My family and my fans are my biggest assets. Really enjoying my stint with Multan and hope to produce match winning performances for all MS fans.
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) February 28, 2021
In his book ‘Game Changer’ released in 2019, Shahid Afridi had claimed that he was born in 1975, and not 1980 as was believed earlier. This means Shahid Afridi should now be 46, and not 44 as his tweet suggests.
With fans picking up on the irregularities regarding his age, many trolled Shahid Afridi online.
While many wished Shahid Afridi on his birthday, others expressed their confusion about the player’s age. Questioning how the cricketer can be three ages at once, fans also wondered whether Afridi’s numerous records will stand considering the ambiguity regarding his age.
Several shared screenshots claiming Shahid Afridi is 41. Others trolled the cricketer, suggesting how his age becomes a hot topic of discussion every year on his birthday.
So actual age is (41 + 46 + 44)/3 = 43.666666
Which means it’s not actually his birthday, we’re just two thirds of the way to his birthday. He’ll turn 44 on July 1.
— Saurabh Somani (@saurabh_42) February 28, 2021
If it is 44, then he is not the youngest to score an ODI century…… correct?? Anyone @kaustats
— Absolute fake Daniel Alexander (@mrcool0283) March 1, 2021
Little-known fact, Blink 182’s “What’s My Age Again?” is based on Shahid Afridi. https://t.co/fbq7yn9Zqf
— Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) March 1, 2021
— Kartik (@kartikeyasd) March 1, 2021
Har chaar Saal mein inki Umar ek Saal badhti hai
— AndolanJeevi Sangram (@sangram_enm) February 28, 2021
Somewhere between 44 to 46
— Hitesh Yadav (@Atheist_Yadav) March 1, 2021
How can you be sure it’s his birthday when he himself isn’t 🤣🤣🤣
— Santani (@Santani47445717) March 1, 2021
The cricketer is never far from controversy. He recently questioned the umpires’ refusal to take caps from the bowlers. Shahid Afridi admitted he doesn’t understand why ICC don’t allow umpires to take caps, especially if they are part of the same bio bubble as the players.
Irrespective of his age, Shahid Afridi is regarded as one of the most complete all-rounders in the game. The Pakistan icon is currently playing for the Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League 2021. He has played four games this year, picking up two wickets at an economy rate of 9.