Although both of these cricketers are legends in their own standards, they both can be said to have been pacesetters, and record breakers. While Sanath Jayasuriya played for Sri Lanka, Afridi played for Pakistan, and was one of the greatest that the country has ever produced. Perhaps to capture the immense contribution that both made towards the history of cricket, Sanath recently posted a photo of himself, and Afridi by his side. In it, he said that jointly, they were responsible for over 900 international wickets, 800 international sixes, not to mention the over 32,000 international runs! This tells you just how talented these two men were, each in their own way.
It was Afridi who broke a cricket world record that Sanath had set, by making the fastest ODI centuries in 36 balls; Sanath had earlier set the record in 48 deliveries. Both of them were talented all rounders whose sheer brutality and attacking tenacity would send their opponents into submission even before the match was over. Although these two batsmen have retired from international cricket, they still remain as legends who did much for the sport, and whose prowess on the field is still unrivaled. They were great scorers who did much to help their teams win at the height of their careers. Their photo is a masterpiece; they were once the fastest centuries, fastest fifties, as well as most sixes in an innings. Both would make their opponents cower with their powerful batting styles that have been described as brutal and merciless.
However, Afridi cannot match the achievements of Sanath. When it comes to batting, the overall test figures indicate that while Sanath managed up to 6973 runs, Afridi managed 1716 runs. Sanath also had 110 innings in 188 matches, compared to Afridi’s 27 in 48 matches. Afridi however retired quite early from cricket, in 2006. This is unlike Sanath who played until his retirement in 2011.
All in all, these two legends deserve some recognition for their immense contributions towards helping their respective teams win their matches. Afridi is still missed by many in Pakistan, just like Sanath is missed in Sri Lanka.