Afridi Wants to Regain Fastest ODI Ton Record During World Cup

Afridi has announced he will retire from ODIs after the World Cup but continue to play T20 cricket.

Published: 20th January 2015 07:42 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st January 2015 02:11 PM   |  A+A-


Shahid Afridi has played 389 one-day internationals plus 27 tests and 77 T20 matches for Pakistan. Reuters


KARACHI: All-rounder Shahid Afridi said he will try to wrest back the record of scoring the fastest ODI hundred when Pakistan tours New Zealand and during the World Cup to make it a memorable farewell for him and his fans from 50 overs cricket.      

Afridi has announced he will retire from ODIs after the World Cup but continue to play T20 cricket.      

"You never plan out to set such records. It just happens when you have a very special day and your confidence is sky high. If everything works out for me and it is my special day than I will try to improve the record set by Ab de Villers in New Zealand or in the World Cup," Afridi said in an interview.      

He said that he was happy to see a batsman of de Villiers caliber now hold the record for the fastest fifty and century in ODIs.      

"He played like a champion to get the record and it was his special day," he said.      

Afridi held the record for the fastest one-day hundred for nearly 17 years after blasting 102 off 37 balls against Sri Lanka in Nairobi. His record was bettered by New Zealand's Corey Anderson in 2013 in Queenstown against the West Indies by just one ball.      

South African de Villiers improved upon the record against the Windies last week scoring a century from just 31 balls.      

Afridi said he had never dreamed he could get a ODI hundred in 37 balls when he played in the tri series in Nairobi in 1996.      

"It just happened that day it was my special day and everything clicked. I hope I get another special day in the coming World Cup if it can happen I will try to get back the record of which I was always proud.

"But realistically speaking I know that at the number I come to bat at these days one can score a half century but it is really difficult to get a hundred but you never know it could my special day," he said.  


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