Peshawar, which is home to star-cricketer Shahid Afridi, has produced another gem for Pakistan cricket – However, this time, the star is an inspiration for all of mankind, not just Pakistanis.
Sher Ali Afridi, who hails from Peshawar, is a professional cricketer with only ONE leg. Yes, he is a disabled – but only with his body; not his heart, spirit or dreams. Sher lost one of his legs at the minor age of just 2 – his family’s mud house collapsed due to heavy rains in Peshawar.
Even though Sher had only one leg; he only wanted to live because of cricket. This encouraged, stimulus and motivated youngster did not sit around, crying over his loss – instead, he worked hard and trained every day,learning to play in school. After taking cricket up as his religion, Sher tried out for Peshawar’s disabled cricket club and got selected – performing well, Sher made it to the international stage!
Miraculously, Sher also is a fast bowler (one of the fastest disabled fast bowlers IN THE WORLD) – with his bowling foot (the one that lands first) as his prosthetic leg. Sher is one of 600 disabled cricketers in Pakistan, who are very competitive.
Here’s to knowing that the Pakistani resilience will never die – here’s to knowing that Pakistanis will forever make the country and its people proud, whichever way possible. Sher Ali Afridi, undoubtedly has filled our chests with pride and emotion.