Edging closer to a 17-ball hundred
Corey Anderson's 36-ball century on Wednesday- the fastest in ODI history- once again lent evidence to how skewed the contest between bat and ball has become. Freddie Wilde, writing for Cricket365, believes that owing to such changes in the game, no record will ever be safe.
The thing with this Anderson innings is that, much like Aaron Finch's world-record T20 international century at the Ageas Bowl last year, people will go faster, hundreds can and therefore will be scored in fewer balls than 36. It is the idea of 'can and therefore will' that really touches a chord. After Finch's innings the concept of 'perfect overs' where every ball is hit for six was first mentioned; innings like Anderson's today make you wonder whether a 'perfect innings' could ever occur. Such is the growing inevitability of sixes being struck, it almost seems as if cricket has entered a phase in which one record being broken merely takes cricket one, or two balls closer to the statistical vertex of batsmanship of the 17-ball hundred.