Shahid Afridi admits he'd never heard of man who broke his record for fastest OD

Posted by aminjan35 on January 4th, 2014

Shahid Afridi admits he'd never heard of man who broke his record for fastest ODI hundred

PAKISTAN all-rounder Shahid Afridi has hailed New Zealand batsman Corey Anderson, who broke his longstanding record for the fastest one-day century - but admitted he had never heard of him before.

Anderson bettered Afridi's 17-year-old record by one ball, reaching the three-figure mark off just 36 balls against West Indies in Queenstown in the third one-day international.

Afridi set the mark aged just 16, in only his second limited-overs match, against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in October 1996.

He said he had never heard of Anderson before Wednesday morning.

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

"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," Afridi told AFP.

"Records are meant to be broken and I knew it would be broken some day."

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.

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