Guess whose bat Shahid Afridi used to hit the then fastest ODI century!

It was a record that stood intact for more than 17 years till New Zealand’s Corey Anderson broke it in January 2014. Shahid Afridi, as a 16-year-old, announced himself to the cricketing arena in his very first innings. He went ballistic in Nairobi against the then world champions Sri Lanka in 1996. He scored the then fastest One-Day International (ODI) century as he reached the feat in 37 balls. It was an innings that contained 11 massive sixes and six boundaries.

But what would shock many is the fact that the new-comer Afridi used Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s bat to achieve this iconic feat. Tendulkar gave his bat to Waqar Younis and during their nets session, the latter gave his bat to Afridi as he felt comfortable with the balance of the willow.

As quoted in, Afridi said, “I had just got into the Pakistan team and during nets in Nairobi Wicky Bhai [Waqar Younis] gave me a bat and said, play with this and see. It is Sachin’s bat. I tried it out it; it felt good and played with it in my first ever one-dayer. I scored that innings of 100 in 37 balls with the same bat.”

Currently the record for the fastest ODI hundred belongs to South African captain AB de Villiers, who inscribed his name with gold when he slammed a 31-ball century in early 2015 against West Indies.