It was a time when I was a novice in the team. I neither had experience nor knew the art of facing the press.

[caption id="attachment_656" align="alignright" width="300"]My teammates used to enjoy my statement, saying, “Shahid, there’s a big gap over the bowler’s head; hit six without fear.” My teammates used to enjoy my statement, saying, “Shahid, there’s a big gap over the bowler’s head; hit six without fear.”[/caption]

I shot to fame overnight when I scored the fastest one-day century. I hit 11 sixes in the innings. I myself was quite delighted with my performance. Everybody was congratulating me. I was stormed by reporters after the match.

A Sri Lankan reporter asked, “Afridi, how did you hit such stunning sixes?” I was so much excited at the time that my knee-jerk reaction was, “I hit the six wherever I found the gap.” A few reporters present there could not help smiling at my stupid reply. I was unaware of my utterances at the time, but I went crimson when I realized it later. Because one does find gap for ground shots but sixes cross the boundary passing the fielders overhead and one does not need to find gaps for that.

My teammates used to enjoy my statement, saying, “Shahid, there’s a big gap over the bowler’s head; hit six without fear.”
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