New Delhi, June 27: Hours after Argentina's star footballer Lionel Messi announcement from international football following his team's defeat in Copa America final, Twitterati mocked Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi.
Invoking Lionel Messi cricket fans took to Twitter to ask when Pakistan all-rounder, Afridi, who resumed playing for his national cricket team despite retiring from international cricket several times, will finally hang up his boots.
Former Pakistan skipper hinted at his announcement after Pakistan's disastrous performance in Asia Cup and ICC World T20. But the cricketer hasn't spoken about his retirement ever since.
The 36-year-old Afridi made his international cricket debut way back in 1996 against Kenya in a ODI in Nairobi. So far he has played 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 96 T20Is.
This is what fans said on Twitter:
Messi, Zaheer Khan, Shane Watson, McCullum. Legends retired in 2016.— Aashna (@_clumsilly) June 27, 2016
Doesn't that clearly indicate no chance of Shahid Afridi retiring yet?
When Messi was asked about his retirement.— Comedywalas (@Comedywalas) June 27, 2016
Shahid Afridi अंतरराष्ट्रीय फुटबॉल pic.twitter.com/kBiCVm2Sok
Today I wish Messi should follow Shahid Afridi,the one who never retires.#Messi Batman is shocked.😓— Batman (@Mayankyadv) June 27, 2016
Reporter : What will you do after retirement— Mangesh Mehenge (@Mangesh_mv) June 27, 2016
Shahid Afridi : will revert back ASAP #Messi
#Messi retires once in a life time, what about Shahid Afridi?— Rahul (@rahul_kumar554) June 27, 2016
Dear Lionel messi , I hope you take out a leaf of inspiration from the book of Shahid Afridi ...come back soon !!! :)— Prajay Naik (@prajay_naik) June 27, 2016
Messi retires at 29. Shahid Afridi is preparing for 2023 world cup. #MessiRetirement— ThatChivalrousMan (@GenuineDesi) June 27, 2016
Today is Shahid Afridi 's 17th birthday. He will announce his retirement from International Cricket in all formats.— IndianFox (@riksec08) June 27, 2016
Messi announced retirement and Shahid Afridi is trending alongside him. To sum up, lifetime achievement of Afridi.— Debarati Majumder (@debarati_m) June 27, 2016