Game Changer is the riveting memoir of Shahid Afridi, one of modern cricket’s most controversial and accomplished practitioners. In 1996, as a teenager, Afridi shot to fame after hammering the fastest ODI century at the time.
One of the world’s greatest all-rounders, today, he holds the distinction of having hit the most number of sixes in the history of ODI cricket scooping the most wickets in T20s and winning the most player-of-the match awards in the same format. From his humble beginnings in the mountains of Pakistan’s unruly northwest to the mean streets of Karachi and the county parks of southern England, Afridi tells his life story just the way he bats – instinctively, candidly and with no holds barred.
In a career as unpredictable as his leg-break googlies and ‘boom-boom’ power hitting, Afridi has been many things – the lost kid focused on pulling his parents out of poverty, the desperate captain trying not to snitch on his corrupt teammates, the gallant Pashtun centurion staring down a hostile Indian crowd, and the bad boy at the centre of a ball-tampering scandal.
In Game Changer, he sets the record straight once and for all. A must-read not only for his legion of fans across the world but also for those interested in cricket and Pakistan’s future.
About the Author
WAJAHAT S. KHAN produces and corresponds from Pakistan for Vice News, The Times and India Today. He has reported from fifteen countries covering conflict, diplomacy, politics and media for digital, cable and networks. Before serving as NBC’s last bureau chief in Kabul, Afghanistan, Khan also launched Pakistan’s first independent Urdu and English cable networks and produced the first broadcast series from across the border in India. He is a 2011 Harvard Shorenstein Fellow, a 2012 Asia Society Young Global Leader, and landed Pakistan’s only Emmy nomination for breaking news in 2015, the year he met Shahid Afridi. Khan last bowled right-arm fast-medium for the Frere House of his Karachi Grammar School with an ageing sniper’s accuracy. He can’t handle spin, both on and off the field.
Shahid Afridi with Wajahat S Khan
Harper Collins India
Price : Rs 599
Pages : 252