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The curious case of Shahid Afridi: Former Pak skipper doesn't know what 'LBW' means!
Ask any young boy in his early teens with just about basic knowledge of cricket, what LBW in cricket terminology means, and he would promptly shoot back by saying that LBW stands for 'Leg Before Wicket'.

But shockingly, Shahid Khan Afridi – former skipper of the Pakistan national cricket team – is still scratching his head over what LBW means, and that too, surprise, surprise, after spending almost two decades playing international cricket for Pakistan.

However, anomalies and Shahid Afridi no strangers to each other. After all, Afridi even couldn't guess what retirement from cricket actually meant. At one point of time cricket fans had remained in a tizzy over whether Afridi had actually retired or was still playing. For the record, Shahdi Afridi retired from Test Cricket in 2006, but made a U-turn two weeks later, finally retiring in 2010.

The flamboyant cricketer nicknamed Boom Boom Afridi retired from international cricket in May 2011 after Pakistan crashed out of the ICC Cricket World Cup, only to turn back on his decision five months later. Afridi once again hobnobbed with the idea of retirement in 2012, but soon decided to continue. He finally (we hope so) retired after the ICC World Cup 2015.

Now coming back to the LBW issue, Afridi's bewildering ignorance about the cricketing term was exposed during what looks like an interview with a Pakistani channel.

Shahid Afridi had shocked the medical world in 2011 by giving a statement post his team's loss to India in the ICC World Cup 2011 that Pakistanis had bigger hearts than Indians. Just for the sake of returning the favour and proving the even we Indians have big hearts, I guess we should excuse Afridi for his lack of knowledge on cricket, while ignoring that he has 48 Test wickets, 395 wickets in ODIs and another 97 in T20Is (many of them ironically came by way of LBW).

Oh, and before I forget! How many times do you think Afridi was given out adjudged LBW by the umpire?

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