By Bilal Kuchay
A budding cricketer from Pakistan has defied the odds after mastering the sport despite having only ONE leg.
Syed Sher Ali Afridi, 23, from Peshawar in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, lost his left eg at the age of just 2, when his family mud house collapsed due to heavy rains.
But the tragedy didn’t stop him from loving the game and playing it at his best.
He is currently the main fast bowler of Pakistan Disabled Cricket Team.
Visuals show him wearing the artificial limb before going into the cricket field and practise.
He limps but that doesn’t stop him from running fast, being aggressive in the field and produce a decent pace.
Afridi, who is the eldest among the six siblings, explained: “I was only two years old when our house collapsed and I lost my leg. Since then I started using prosthetic leg for my daily routine.
“I went to high school, played cricket with boys in the neighbourhood and help my family at home like normal people do.
“I groomed myself in such a way since my childhood that I never felt that I’m disable.
“I always give my best and rest I leave to God.”
Dubbed as ‘express bowler’, Afridi is a big fan of former Pakistani cricketer and one of the fastest bowlers the game has ever seen, Shoaib Akhtar.
“He is my inspiration. He is my hero. I loved to watch him run in and bowl at such an incredible pace,” he said.
The 6.2 ft tall Afridi, who since his childhood is very passionate about cricket, says he never thought he would play professional cricket. But six years ago, life changed for this cricketer completely when he heard about the match for disabled cricketers.
Afraid says: “I was always passionate about cricket. I love playing the game since my childhood but the thoughts to play professional cricket and represent the country at international level never crossed my mind.”
“In 2012, I heard for the first time that Pakistan Disabled Cricket Association is organising trails for disabled cricketers. I participated in the trails.
“The coaches and the management were impressed with my bowling. I was selected for the Peshawar team.”
After playing for the Peshawar team for almost three years, Afridi impressed the selectors with his several match winning performances.
In 2015, he was picked for the national side and played his first international match against England in Dubai.
His father, Momin Khan, said: “I’m very happy for my son. He has made us proud. I wish him more success and hope that one day he will make the entire Pakistan proud.”
Afridi, who started playing cricket as a batsmen dreams to be the best bowler in para cricket.
“I’m very thankful to the Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistan Disabled Cricket Association for giving me a chance to play for Pakistan and provide all the cricketing facilities. I’m hopeful that one day I will become the best bowler in the world and will make my fellow Pakistanis feel proud,” he added.