OK, wasn't aware of that. Scratch what I said then.dude Imran wasn't even playing in the beginning of the cup due to injury especially in that horrid 10 wicket loss to WI and also that match against England where Pakistan were 74 all out and rain came to the rescue. Pakistan's performance picked up after he was back as captain. SA match was lost because of rain otherwise Pak were coasting. The India loss was a genuine one though. So he does deserve credit for not "taking them to the brink of elimination".
I must commend you for some wonderful writing here BUT I must make a few things clear. Firstly I am not judging Afridi on his batting alone. His bowling has been good against minnows and in one match against SL otherwise Afridi is no Wasim Akram. Even at the end of Imran's career I would take Imran over Afridi as a bowler. Afridi is now getting in his mid 30s. He is fast becoming a father-age figure but I doubt he will ever become a father figure to most players even if he plays until he is 50.
And pal this is no excuse "The man has played this way for his entire career.It's the only way he knows". Imran was a very carefree kind of cricketer, quite flamboyant before he became captain. Tells you a lot about the responsibility that he as willing to shoulder. Can't say the same Afridi. I like the guy, I really do but comparing him with Imran is a bit over the top IMO. Heck even Wasim before the match fixing scandal was a better captain than Afridi is. Though I must say that Wasim used the same style of leadership as Imran.