King of quick tons Afridi hails Corey

Jan 02, 2014, 12:31 IST | AFP

Pakistan all-rounder hailed New Zealand batsman, who broke his long-standing record for the fastest ODI ton

Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi hailed New Zealand batsman Corey Anderson, who broke his long-standing 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 the

WI yesterday. Afridi set the mark aged just 16, in only his second limited-overs match, against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in October 1996. “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,” Afridi told AFP.

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