Young Shahid Afridi scored a blistering maiden century off 37 balls against Sri Lanka to create a new ODI world record of fastest century back in 1996.
Off late Shahid Afridi has been in the news for his autobiography titled ‘Game Changer’ . The former Pakistan blunderbuss reveals that the century was scored using Sachin Tendulkar’s bat.
According to Afridi, the Master Blaster gave his favourite bat to Waqar Younis so that he could take it to Sialkot, Pakistan which is known to be the hub of manufacturing sports goods, and get a custom-made one replicated there.
“But guess what Waqar did before he took it to Sialkot? He gave it to me, before I went in to bat. So effectively, that, maiden century in Nairobi by Shahid Afridi was made with Sachin Tendulkar’s best bat. Go figure,” writes Afridi, who was 21 – and not 16 as recorded then.
A stunning 102 off 40 balls, Afridi’s knock was studded with 11 sixes and six boundaries and came at a T20-type scoring rate of 255. He was playing his second ODI game and batting for the first time.
Interestingly, Afridi had dreamt of hitting the Lankan spinners for huge sixes a night before. In the morning the youngster went on to talk about the dream to his roommate Shadab Kabir.
“‘I had a dream that I was slamming Jayasuriya and Muralitharan and Dharmasena for sixes,’ I said. ‘Big, huge sixes.’ ‘Let’s pray it happens, brother,’ said Shadab’,” writes Afridi.