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Pakistan icon Shahid Afridi reveals an Indian cricketer gave him the name ‘Boom Boom’

Afridi also reveals his favourite century during Q&A session on Twitter

Ajit Vijaykumar 2018/08/27

Pakistan star cricketer Shahid Afridi has mesmerised cricket fans across the world with his daring batting and sublime leg-spin over the years.

Afridi started off as a fearless batsmen who could also bowl spin and after years of thrilling run-making –  that included a then world-record century off just 37 balls and a little under 500 international sixes –  settled into a world-class leg-spinner whose figures of 7-12 are still the second best in ODI history.

However, it was his batting that made him the icon that he is and also got him the nickname ‘Boom Boom’, which is now synonymous with the Pakistan great.

But who came up with that famous name?

During an interactive session with fans on Twitter, Afridi revealed that it was former India batsman and current coach Ravi Shastri that gave him the name.

During the question and answer session, Afridi also stated that the 141 he scored against India in the 1999 Chennai Test, which his team famously won by 12 runs, remains his favourite century.

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