Afridi used Sachin’s bat to get the fastest hundred
Former Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi stepped into the international arena by a alarming knock as in his second ODI, Shahid Afridi did the unthinkable when he scored a century of 37-ball against Sri Lanka. The fastest Century record that stood for 18 years. After that the record went to New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson as he picked it against West Indies in 2014.
Interestingly, the bat Afridi used to score 104 off 40 balls with was not his own. Afridi’s former Pakistan teammate Azhar Mahmood, revealed that the bat was gifted to his teammate Waqar Younis by none other than Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar.
Mahmood also revealed that the incident th made Afridi a proper batsman . Afridi did not get a chance to bat because he was supposed to come in at No. 6. But having seen the exploits of Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana made him a batsman as they requested team management to pick him earlier.
“Shahid Afridi had debuted in Nairobi in 1996 after the Sahara Cup, where I made my debut. So Mushi [Mushtaq Ahmed] got injured in that series and Shahid Afridi was touring with the Pakistan A team to West Indies and he replaced Mushi in that tournament,” Mahmood said on ‘The Greatest Rivalry’ podcast.
“In those days, the two Sri Lankan openers, Jayasuriya and wicketkeeper Kaluwitharana used to attack upfront. So, we thought we need someone who can bat at No.3. Afridi and I – Wasim said you guys go and try to slog [in the nets]. I was slogging sensibly and Afridi went against the spinners, murdering everyone in the nets.
“Next day, we got the game against Sri Lanka and they said he [Afridi] is batting at number three. I think Waqar [Younis] got a bat from Sachin [Tendulkar], he used the great Sachin’s bat and managed to get a hundred and after that, he became a batsman. Mainly he was a bowler who can hit the ball, but in the end, he had a wonderful career,” Mahmood said.
“Especially that World Cup, 2011, he led the side very well, he was in the best of his form, he was bowling really well. He learned a delivery from the great Abdul Qadir – the ball that drifts in and hits your pads. So that was a great World Cup [for him] and he was batting great as well. Overall, it was a great World Cup for Pakistan, unfortunately, we lost to India but Shahid Afridi was a great asset for Pakistan.”