Sachin Tendulkar and Shahid Afridi: Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi is known in the cricket world for his stormy batting. He has given the bowlers sleep many times with his batting. In such a situation, today we will tell you about that innings of Shahid Afridi which changed the perspective of playing ODI cricket. In his second match, Shahid scored the fastest ODI century against Sri Lanka in 1996, creating history, his century came in just 37 balls. The record-breaking innings was also special for Shahid because he batted with the Jill bat in this match, which belonged to India’s legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who is considered to be the god of cricket.
Sachin gave the bat to Waqar
The bat with which Shahid Afridi scored 104 runs in 40 balls against Sri Lanka in 1996. That bat was gifted by Sachin Tendulkar to former Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis. And in the match against Sri Lanka, Waqar gave that bat to Afridi for batting. That bat became the golden bat for Afridi’s career. With this bat of Sachin, he scored the fastest century of ODI cricket at that time. Apart from the bowler, Afridi came to be known as a power hitter in world cricket only after this match.
Afridi’s record broken after 18 years
Shahid Afridi’s record of scoring the fastest century in ODIs remained with him for the whole 18 years. This record was broken by New Zealand batsman Corey Anderson in the year 2014. He played a century in 36 balls against the West Indies. At the same time, this record of Corey could not be maintained for long and in 2015, explosive South African batsman AB de Villiers broke this record and scored a century in 31 balls. No batsman has been able to break this record of de Villiers till date.
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