Shahid Afridi Used Sachin Tendulkar’s Bat to Hit World Fastest Century.
Afridi Used Sachin’s Bat When He Hit Fastest Century!
An interesting message appearing online states that well-known Pakistani Cricketer Shahid Afridi Used Sachin Tendulkar’s Bat to Hit Fastest Century. Allegedly, Afridi’s record knock of Century from only 37 balls came from the blade of Sachin Tendulkar’s bat. Yes, as explained below, it is a fact.
Shahid Afridi Used Sachin Tendulkar’s Bat
The record knock of Shahid Afridi is a well-known feat in history of one-day international cricket. Back in 1996 Shahid Afridi was brought in to Nairobi to play and debut for the Pakistan team. In his first one day international innings against Sri Lanka in October 1996, Afridi hit the record knock of Century in just 37 balls. He belted 11 sixes and 6 fours in his record knock of 102 from 40 balls. Afridi’s century remained as world’s fastest ODI century until January 2014. Most cricket lovers are aware of this record, but not many know Shahid Afridi used Sachin Tendulkar’s bat in the record knock.
Indian cricket legend and one of the greatest batsman Sachin Tendulkar gave his bat to former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis. He asked Waqar to make similar model bats for him (Sachin) from Sialkot City of Pakistan. During Afridi’s debut in Nairobi, Waqar Younis gave him Sachin Tendulkar’s bat wishing it could be lucky for him. In a Pakistani Hindi interview (shown below), Shahid Afridi mentioned same, adding he liked Sachin’s bat and felt it was very well balanced in making.
World’s Fastest ODI Century
As for the record of world’s fastest ODI century, New Zealander Corey Anderson broke the record of Afridi by scoring it in 36 balls in January 2014. The record was broken again in January 2015 by South African AB de Villiers who made his ton in just 31 balls.
To conclude, yes, it is a fact that Shahid Afridi used Sachin Tendulkar’s bat to hit fastest century in 37 balls. Significantly, Sachin Tendulkar used a heavy bat, and Shahid Afridi held sentimental value for the bat he used.
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