'Unfortunately I'm COVID positive': Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi diagnosed with coronavirus
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: In a shocking news for all the cricket fans, former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi on Saturday revealed that he has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus, becoming the first high-profile cricketer to be infected with the deadly virus.
Taking to social media, one of the best hitters of the ball of all time, Afridi said that he was feeling unwell from Thursday, adding that his body was aching badly from past three days after he was tested and unfortunately the results came out to be positive. He also urged his fans to pray for his speedy recovery.
The swashbuckling all-rounder tweeted, "I’ve been feeling unwell since Thursday; my body had been aching badly. I’ve been tested and unfortunately I’m covid positive. Need prayers for a speedy recovery, InshaAllah"
I’ve been feeling unwell since Thursday; my body had been aching badly. I’ve been tested and unfortunately I’m covid positive. Need prayers for a speedy recovery, InshaAllah #COVID19 #pandemic #hopenotout #staysafe #stayhome
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 13, 2020
With this, Shahid Afridi became the third cricketer from Pakistan to be tested positive for the coronavirus. Earlier Pakistan first-class cricketers Taufeeq Umar and Zafar Sarfaraz had tested positive for the dreadful infection. Apart fro Pakistan, Scotland’s Majid Haq and South Africa’s Solo Nqweni were other cricketers to have contracted the virus.
Since the beginning of this pandemic, Shahid Afridi has been doing a lot of charity work to help the poor people through his foundation, Hope Not Out. The 40 years old cricketer has helped a lot of people with providing ration to poor families and other essential items over the past couple of months. His works had even received praise from Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh.
In his 20 years long career, Shahid Afridi was hailed as the best hitter. He even had the record of fastest century to his name, among others, before AB de Villiers broke his record in 2015. He played 398 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), 27 Tests and 99 T20I in his 20 years long career. He scored 8,064 runs in ODIs, 1,716 runs in Tests and 1,416 in the shortest format of the game.
Apart from hitting the ball hard, Afridi also made his name in spinning the ball and impressed with his bowling in the final years of his career. He finished with 395 wickets in the 50-over format in addition to taking 48 and 98 wickets in Tests and T20Is respectively.
Posted By: Talib Khan