Shahid Afridi is remembered by cricket fans as one of the most explosive batsmen of his time. He has given Pakistan as well as international cricket fraternity many significant innings to remember. When he announced his retirement earlier this year, he left a void in the cricketing world.

His explosive brand of cricket and his ability to launch the ball high and deep into the air with ease earned him the nickname Boom Boom.

This name was quite popular, often heard in the commentary box and among his teammates. It was also embedded in his jersey for a short while. However, its origin was still a mystery until recently.

Afridi debuted in international cricket circuit with a hundred off 37 balls, a record that was in his name for several years. As his exploits continued, so did the popularity of his nickname. Afridi ruled the roost for most sixes in international cricket. He had sent the ball flying 476 times during his career.

In a recent question-and-answer session on his Twitter handle on Sunday, Afridi finally answered that it was Ravi Shastri who gave him this nickname.

Shastri is currently the Indian coach. he was a celebrated batsman during his time. He was the first Indian batsman to hit six sixes in an over in a first class game.

Shastri is known for adding many gems to the cricketing lexicon, like ‘gone like a tracer Bullet’, ‘pressure-cooker situation’, ‘just what the doctor ordered’, ‘India lifts the world cup after 28 years’, and so on.