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On this day: Shahid Afridi's 37-ball century

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Oct 4, 2016, 5:28 pm IST
Updated Oct 4, 2016, 5:28 pm IST
Twenty years ago on this day (October 4) in 1996, then the 16-year-old Afridi scored a century in just 37 balls against Sri Lanka.
Afridi’s 37-ball ODI century came long before T20 format took over the world cricket. (Photo: AFP)
 Afridi’s 37-ball ODI century came long before T20 format took over the world cricket. (Photo: AFP)

Mumbai: Before AB de Villiers’ 31-ball one-day century in 2015 and Cory Anderson’s 36-ball quick-fire hundred, the record for fasted ODI century belonged to Pakistani swashbuckler Shahid Afridi.

Twenty years ago on this day (October 4) in 1996, then the 16-year-old Afridi created ripple across world cricket by scoring a century in just 37 balls against Sri Lanka at Nairobi's Gymkhana Cricket Ground in Kenya.

 

The young batsman hit 11 sixes on his way to then the fastest century. Afridi’s 37-ball ODI century came long before T20 format took over the world cricket.

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Afridi helped Pakistan post a resounding total of 371, then the second-highest ODI total ever. Sri Lanka were beaten by 82 runs.

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