“He is nearing 38. Some say he is 45. After watching this catch, I would say he is 32,” this comment from the commentary box perfectly summed up the emotions of every cricket fan as Shahid Afridi grabbed a sensational catch for Karachi Kings on Friday against Quetta Gladiators in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi took a blind at the boundary to dismiss Umar Amin. The batsman hit a length ball from Muhammad Irfan with a straight bat and it looked like it was going to clear the long-on boundary. However, ‘Lala’ had other ideas.
When everyone thought the ball was sailing over the rope, Afridi leaped up and stuck his right hand up and grabbed the ball with one hand, but his momentum was taking him over. So, he tossed it up in the air and then ran back inside to complete the catch.
Shahid Afridi is truly an ageless cricketer. 21 years after his debut he is still finding ways to entertain the crowd. The catch by him today, without exaggeration, is the greatest effort by a Pakistani fielder on the boundary. He’s the real Karachi King! pic.twitter.com/JRBHPIZvMA
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) February 23, 2018
Fans on Twitter lauded Shadid Afridi after watching the catch.
Lala you are unbelievably miraculous 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 https://t.co/ySi5FxNOBO
— Fazeela Saba (@FazeelaSaba1) February 23, 2018
That catch by @SAfridiOfficial really has got the tournament going,great start by the Kings. Lahore? Too many hard hitters,need an accumulator in thr middle likes of Malik etc to pace the inns well perhaps.. in any case #DilSeJaanLagaDe pic.twitter.com/G4wjfQ7MqY
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) February 24, 2018
— Karachi Kings (@KarachiKingsARY) February 23, 2018
OMG Shahid Afridi! 😍
— Emmad Hameed (@Emmad81) February 23, 2018
The crowd euphoric with that @SAfridiOfficial catch!!
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) February 23, 2018
Not sure about Karachi Kings but Shahid Afridi surely has wings on him. pic.twitter.com/WE6efCOeut
— Umair (@Umairhunk2) February 23, 2018
— Nazeem Qara (@imnazeemQ) February 23, 2018
Shahid Afridi’s catch is one of only three catches in our fielding database – which started in the 2016 WT20 & covers all major T20 – that was given a 5% chance of success. #HBLPSL
— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) February 23, 2018
— Moeezgillani (@Moeezgillani11) February 23, 2018
— Raza Mehdi (@SyedRezaMehdi) February 23, 2018
– if catches win matches then this one from Shahid Afridi should win KK the tournament! Absolutely surreal!! #HBLPSL
— Asif Khan (@mak_asif) February 23, 2018
What a catch by Shahid Afridi. He may not be a pinch hitter anymore but, still has something to attract the crowd through his style, smile and charm.
— Mazhar Abbas (@MazharAbbasGEO) February 24, 2018
THIS IS AFRIDI FOR YOU GUYSSSS ❤❤ pic.twitter.com/b9ktezeksL
— Saima Khan (@isktweets) February 23, 2018
This is unbelievable Afridi ❤️❤️❤️#KKvsQG
— Ihtisham ul Haq (@iihtishamm) February 23, 2018