Corey Anderson’s Fastest Century in History of ODI Cricket
New Zealand´s Corey Anderson smashed the fastest century in the history of one day international cricket on just from 36 balls. as the host new zealand reached 283-4 from only 21 overs in 1st of jan 2013, rain-shortened third one-dayer against the West Indies.
The young all-rounder Corey Anderson hit 12 sixes and four fours in his 100, beating, by only one delivery, the 37-ball record of Pakistan´s Shahid Afridi against Sri Lanka in 1996, which has stood for almost 18 years.
Anderson finished on 131 not out from 47 balls, as New Zealand scored at an remarkable 13 runs per over.
He put on 191 for the fourth wicket with another dangerous Jesse Ryder who made 104 from 51 balls. Ryder also scored sixth-fastest century in one-day internationals. his 100 runs came on just 46 balls. he surpassed the Sanath Jayasuriya. this was Ryder’s 1st match in two years.
Anderson played one of the most extraordinary innings in the history of one-day cricket. Anderson hit 14 huge sixes, that was third highest sixes in an ODI innings, just behind Rohit Sharma who hits 16 sexes against Australia two months ago and Australian devastating all-rounder Shane Watson’s 15 sexes against Bangladesh in 2011.
Anderson was 95 not out after playing 35 balls, needing a six off the next ball to break Shahid Afridi´s world record. Though he was unaware of the beckoning world record, he swatted the next ball from left-arm spin bowler Nikita Miller out of the ground to break the world record.
He hit another six from the very next ball to complete a 150-run partnership with jesse Ryder in only 36 minutes. Ryder reached his century facing 46 balls and was out five balls from the end of the New Zealand innings for 104, which included five sixes and 12 fours.
After his fastest century record was broken Shahid Afridi Says:
“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.
“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. Records are meant to be broken and I knew it would be broken some day.
“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.
“Now Anderson’s name will come but I am sure with the advent of Twenty20 cricket this record will surely be bettered in the future.”
The Pakistan veteran admitted he had though someone like West Indies blaster Chris Gayle would be the one to break the record, adding: “I had never expected it to be broken by a new player.
“I thought the way Gayle batted and hit sixes or the way Warner bats, they were favourites to break my record.
“I wish any Pakistan player would break this record soon, but for the time being everyone must appreciate Anderson.”