Shahid Afridi sets sight on regaining fastest ODI hundred record

When in flow there are few who can match Shahid Afridi’s pyrotechnics. In 1996, the Pakistani all-rounder set the record for the fastest hundred in One-Day International (ODI) when he smacked one off just 37-balls against the then world champions Sri Lanka in Nairobi. The record stood for almost 18 years till New Zealand’s Corey Andreson broke it last year and on Sunday, South African skipper AB de Villiers bettered as he smacked a hundred off just 31 balls.

Afridi, who is set to retire from ODIs after the 2015 World Cup, has said that he will try to wrest back the record of scoring the fastest ODI hundred when Pakistan will tour New Zealand and during the ICC World Cup 2015 to make his farewell memorable.

As reported by Cricketcountry, Afridi, in an interview was quoted as saying, “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.”

Speaking of de Villiers’ knock that he played on Sunday against West Indies, Afridi said, “He played like a champion to get the record and it was his special day.”

Recalling his knock of scoring the hundred in 37 balls, Afridi added, “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.”

While he hoped to better that record, he was also practical about the situation and knows that he bats too lower down the order to stand a chance to score a hundred.

“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,” said Afridi, who is called “Boom Boom” for his power hitting.