On Sunday, 36-year-old legendary Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi announced his retirement from international cricket after a glorious 21-year-long career.
Nicknamed Boom Boom Afridi, the former Pakistani skipper is best known for his explosive batting, having hit a 37-ball ODI century when he was only 16. Now, he has decided to call it quits from the T20 format after a smashing 28-ball 54-run performance in a Pakistan Super League match in Sharjah.
But this isn't the first time that Afridi has retired or considered retirement.
In 2006, he announced retirement from the Test cricket but then withdrew his decision after just two weeks. He finally retired from Test cricket in 2010.
In 2011, Afridi retired yet again, this time from the limited-overs format, only to retract the decision 5 months later.
In 2014, he announced that he will retire from the 50-over format after the 2015 World Cup and followed up on his announcement, retiring after Pakistan lost to Australia in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
And, in 2016, after announcing his intention of retiring from the T20 format after the 2016 ICC World Twenty20, Afridi once again reconsidered his decision.
Unsurprisingly, the master of retirements has become the butt of jokes on the Internet.
For the 4th time, Shahid Afridi has declared that he will not play international cricket anymore. He has announced his rerereretirement.— Sagar (@sagarcasm) February 20, 2017
Retirement is Temporary, Announcement is Permanent - Shahid Afridi pic.twitter.com/hrvZnszSLH— Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) February 20, 2017
Shahid Afridi announces international retirement from Cricket.— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) February 20, 2017
But he had just started his career. 😥#ThankYouAfridi
After retirement,— Rishi Bagree (@rishibagree) February 20, 2017
Shahid Afridi can play the role of a college student in any Karan Johar or Yash Chopra movie
"Shahid Afridi" announcing international retirement is same as "31 December k baad Set Top box lagana anivarya hai".— IMRAN KHAN (@imranmkkhan) February 20, 2017
Shahid Afridi Timeline— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) February 20, 2017
2011: Came back
2014: Came Back
2016: Came Back
Shahid Afridi is the only batsman who has retired from international cricket for more number of times than the number of runs he has made.— Ojas. (@Ojasism) February 20, 2017
Finally Afridi retires from announcing retirements— Pawan SinghA (@urbanpendu00) February 20, 2017
How Shahid Afridi decides his retirement-— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) February 20, 2017
Plucks 1st petal: Fans love me.
Plucks 2nd petal: Fans don't love me.
Isn't 19 too early to retire from International cricket? Well played, Afridi. 😊👍 #ForeverYoung— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 20, 2017
Shahid Afridi doesn't delete his retirement plans permanently. He keeps it in the recycle bin.— Kshitiz Bhardwaj (@ImmaJoking) February 20, 2017
Itni baar humare Goa ke plans cancel nahi hue jitni baar Afridi ne International cricket se retirement announce ki hai #ThankYouAfridi— Aakash (@PUNchayati) February 20, 2017
And some blast from the past.
One day, Cricket will retire from Shahid Afridi but Shahid Afridi won't retire from cricket.— Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) April 3, 2016
Shahid Afridi playing 2051 World Cup for Pakistan.— PhD in Bak*****!! (@Atheist_Krishna) April 3, 2016
Shahid Afridi's retirement is the world's longest running sequel.— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) April 3, 2016
[YEAR 2085]— LOLendra Singh (@LOLendraSingh) April 3, 2016
-Aliens have attacked planet earth for water
-Human race is dying out
-Shahid Afridi announces retirement for the 34th time
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