New Zealand all-rounder breaks Afridi's record for fastest ODI century

By AFP
Published: January 1, 2014
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Corey Anderson basks in glory after breaking Afridi's 17 year-old record. PHOTO: AFP

Corey Anderson basks in glory after breaking Afridi's 17 year-old record. PHOTO: AFP

Corey Anderson basks in glory after breaking Afridi's 17 year-old record. PHOTO: AFP All-rounder Shahid Afridi. PHOTO: AFP

QUEENSTOWN: New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson cracked the fastest century in One-Day International (ODI) cricket history on Wednesday as New Zealand thrashed the West Indies by 159 runs in a rain-shortened third ODI.

His whirlwind performance in partnership with Jesse Ryder, who smacked the sixth fastest century of all time in that form of the game, took New Zealand to 283 for four in a match reduced to 21 overs each side.

The West Indies then wilted when faced with a daunting run rate of nearly 13.5 an over and could only manage 124-5 in reply.

The series is now all square at 1-1 with two matches to play.

Anderson – who finished not out 131 – took a mere 36 deliveries to reach his century, beating the previous record set by Shahid Afridi, who needed 37 balls to reach three figures playing for Pakistan against Sri Lanka in 1996. Ryder faced 46 deliveries to reach his ton.

The burly Anderson hit 14 sixes, the third highest in an ODI innings behind Rohit Sharma (16) for India against Australia two months ago and Australia’s Shane Watson (15) against Bangladesh in 2011.

“Some of the batting we saw was once in lifetime stuff and it was great to watch,” said New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum while West Indies skipper Dwayne Bravo stated he was powerless to rein in the batsmen.

“It was a fantastic innings both by Anderson and Ryder. There’s nothing you can do as a captain and bowler when those bats hit the ball so clean and everything goes their way.”

After New Zealand’s outstanding innings, McCullum said he made sure his bowlers raced through their 21 overs to complete the game before the rain returned.

“It would have been an injustice to the innings that we saw if we hadn’t got a game in the end. So it was straight out get through the overs no matter what we had to resort to.”

Afridi hails new ODI century record holder

Pakistan all-rounder Afridi hailed Anderson’s effort but admitted he had never heard of him before.

“I never heard his name and early morning my nephew told me about his feat and I sort of said the first gift of 2014 is my record being broken,” said Afridi.

“But I must say it’s a great achievement and Anderson deserves all the praise. It needs a super effort to score a hundred off 36 balls. Records are meant to be broken and I knew it would be broken some day.”

However, Afridi admitted he had hoped the record would last until he quit the game.

“I sort of wanted this record to stand until I retire because it has been a big pride for Pakistan and for me and whenever my name comes the record is mentioned,” he said.

“Now Anderson’s name will come but I am sure with the advent of Twenty20 cricket, this record will surely be bettered in the future.”

He added that he had always expected West Indian Chris Gayle or Australian David Warner to break the record.

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Reader Comments (29)

  • Pakistani
    Jan 1, 2014 - 10:53AM

    Congratulation. And now shahid can’t spend another 10 years in pak cricket team on that century. for god sake, remove afridi from team now.

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  • Karachiwala
    Jan 1, 2014 - 10:54AM

    hope he doesnt turn out as bad as afridi

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  • san
    Jan 1, 2014 - 12:04PM

    New year gift for pakistanis

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  • Pak101
    Jan 1, 2014 - 12:05PM

    You kept the record with you for more than 17 years, we are proud of you LaLa

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  • FK KHAN
    Jan 1, 2014 - 12:13PM

    i am the least happy person about the break of record, but respect to the man.
    Laala, still you are the best.

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  • Pakistani
    Jan 1, 2014 - 12:20PM

    @san: dude, I think you didn’t forget his 100 ( 45 Balls ) vs India in Kanpur 2005. Lolzzzzzz

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  • Saj
    Jan 1, 2014 - 12:34PM

    My first impression was that this century was scored on a very small ground but a quick glance along the columns of cricinfo quickly confirmed that most of the hits if not all of them would have comfortably cleared most grounds the world over. However, the quality of the West Indian bowling attack is one of despair and utter mediocrity. Wishing Anderson the very best and hopefully he is not a one match wonder unlike a few of our loved heroes.

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  • SUB
    Jan 1, 2014 - 12:58PM

    @Pakistani:
    @Karachiwala:
    There should also be a tagging option of “Highly Recommended” for reader comments

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  • Amr
    Jan 1, 2014 - 1:35PM

    Of the 10 fastest hundreds in ODIs, Lala has 3, none other has even 2.

    We’re proud of you Lala

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  • Naveed Alam Khattak
    Jan 1, 2014 - 1:58PM

    Congratulations to Anderson…. Although i am not a fan of cricket but i love to see Lala on pitch. No one can compete him. He showed himself either as a batsman as a bowler or as a fielder in almost every match. No one can reduce this respect for him. Good Luch Lala…

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  • shahid
    Jan 1, 2014 - 2:41PM

    @san:
    Sure, but much much better than getting the hinds whipped & torn apart by SA at the close of 2013;

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  • wellDee
    Jan 1, 2014 - 3:10PM

    In 1996, Afridi had scored his 37 ball hundred against then world champion Sri Lanka. Windies are mere minnows these days.

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  • AK
    Jan 1, 2014 - 3:28PM

    I believe Afridi would love to watch his inning.

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  • Farhan UK
    Jan 1, 2014 - 4:15PM

    now afridi is more tense in batting, records are mens to be broken

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  • Qasim.
    Jan 1, 2014 - 5:23PM

    Afridi no one even knew u when u broke the record.

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  • Jan 1, 2014 - 7:10PM

    i think afridi has not take a pressure by broken his record because he has a wonderfull alrounder no one have break him.

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  • Shahid
    Jan 1, 2014 - 7:50PM

    If this record will ever be broken again,it will be done by nobody but Lala
    ………..

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  • Prakash
    Jan 1, 2014 - 8:13PM

    To me Afridi’s record remains unbroken.
    Technically today’s match might be called an ODI, but the fact is that it was a truncated match (21 overs), which practically makes it a T20 – and the scoring obviously gets faster as the match gets shorter since the batsmen take more chances.
    I think there should be a separate category of records for rain-truncated or otherwise affected matches, and these should not be mixed up with full-length matches. It will take a much bigger effort than Anderson’s to match the brilliance of Afridi’s record-making inning.

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  • Jan 1, 2014 - 10:11PM

    It was’nt a one day match in my opinion it was a T20 match and we shouldn’t say this that anderson broke afridi record actually in T20 match the bating strategy is differnent then thet in one day. we didn’t worry about wickets the same satuation was also made here. The new zeland had less overs to face and they were freee to hit and to take risk tht’s why he broked it.And one thing else that when the lala had made the record so at that time the cricket were very slow.At last i will say that lala record is still not broken and he is the boooom boooom for us. Also as prakash brother mentioned there should another strategy for the rain effected matches.lala is the best.Recommend

  • fila
    Jan 2, 2014 - 1:20AM

    saddest day of my life, i have always feel proud that a pakistani holds this fastest century record now it is taken by some one else. The ground in queenstown in NZ is very small compare to the one Afridi played in

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  • Jan 2, 2014 - 1:22AM

    No one can defy this fact that anderson did scored fastest century but icc is having some issues with this decision cuz u atleast have to play 25 overs in a gae to make it an official odi while this game was shortened to 21 overs due to bad weather and therefore afridi still holds the record of fastest century…..!! :)

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  • Jan 2, 2014 - 4:04AM

    afridi will definatively be upset about this new year news!!

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  • Subterfuge
    Jan 2, 2014 - 6:32AM

    But Afridi’s “Eating The Ball” record will remain forever !!

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  • zeeshan
    Jan 2, 2014 - 10:01AM

    there must be clarity… now century was scored when playing conditions were revised that is 21 overs each side.. ethically record meant to be broken in 50 overs.. and for all who are jealous of afridi, remind that he did so in his 1st odi.. Logically ICC have to give final verdict as playing conditions clause 2 suggest that to call a odi match there have to minimum 25 overs… and minimum 20 overs to call a match so but some ice on ur burned place

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  • zeeshan
    Jan 2, 2014 - 10:02AM

    there must be clarity… now century was scored when playing conditions were revised that is 21 overs each side.. ethically record meant to be broken in 50 overs.. and for all who are jealous of afridi, remind that he did so in his 1st odi.. Logically ICC have to give final verdict as playing conditions clause 2 suggest that to call a odi match there have to minimum 25 overs… and minimum 20 overs to call a match so but some ice on ur burned place.

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  • Tariq
    Jan 2, 2014 - 3:13PM

    If C. Anderson donot perform in his next matches he will surely be shown the door and become history. It only in Pakistan where people like Afridi can persist.

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  • hamza
    Jan 3, 2014 - 3:19PM
  • Jan 14, 2014 - 4:06PM

    Welcome yar… we will break it too. InshaAllah.Recommend

  • boom boom khan
    Jan 25, 2014 - 3:58PM

    inshallah afridi will break record if afridi come in opening in one match he will break the record

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