New Zealand v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Queenstown

Record wasn't on my mind - Anderson

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 1, 2014

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Corey Anderson beat the record for the fastest ODI hundred set by Shahid Afridi

Afridi hails new record holder

  • Corey Anderson, the new record holder for the fastest ODI century, is an unknown to Shahid Afridi, whose 37-ball century against Sri Lanka in 1996 has now been pushed to second place. "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," Afridi told AFP. "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 said he had hoped his 17-year-old record would last a while more. "I sort of wanted this record to stand until I retire because it has been a big pride for Pakistan and for me and whenever my name comes the record is mentioned," he said. "Now Anderson's name will come but I am sure with the advent of Twenty20 cricket this record will surely be bettered in the future."
  • When Anderson was asked about Afridi getting news of the record being broken on New Year's morning, Anderson said: "He might be going to try and beat it. It's nice to have that accolade, it's nice to also have the win today."

Corey Anderson, the New Zealand allrounder, was on 95 off 35 balls when he swung a Nikita Miller delivery for six over long leg to complete the quickest ODI hundred in history. One more delivery and he wouldn't have had sole claim to the record, and would have had to share it with Shahid Afridi, who hit a landmark century against Sri Lanka in 1996.

Anderson, though, said the record wasn't on his mind. "No, not really, I just thought it was a pretty quick hundred, I didn't realise that it was the fastest," he said. He hit 14 sixes in his unbeaten 131 off 47 balls to set up New Zealand's crushing victory over West Indies in the third ODI in Queenstown.

Anderson came to the middle in the eighth over and completed his hundred off the first ball of the 18th, allowing little time for any nerves. "I think it was more of 'go with it', the hundred never really got into my mind. I sort of got there so quickly, I didn't have time to think about it. It's just one of those things, you keep going with it, striking it and try and get as many runs on the board as you can. It becomes more about a team than an individual performance."

His innings has already created buzz about Anderson's value at the IPL auction next month. West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo hoped Anderson would be his team-mate in the IPL. "Hope to see him in Chennai Super Kings, the auction is around the corner and hopefully MS [Dhoni] and Flem [coach Stephen Fleming] pick him up, it's going to be a bonus for us, a great knock," Bravo said. "The way how the guy batted, it was not just slogging, you know he played proper cricket shots, that shows someone can bat, has the ability to bat, turn over strike ever so often, hit straight, hit clean, and he's powerful, so why not. This innings is a big innings, it will do him a lot of favours."

Anderson himself wasn't getting carried away. "Those things float about," Anderson said, "I'm happy where I am at with New Zealand, I'm still trying to cement my place as well."

Jesse Ryder, another batsman trying to cement a place in the side, also put in a blistering performance - he smashed the sixth-quickest ODI century in only his second international after a lengthy layoff and, with Anderson, put on a 191-run stand in 75 deliveries for the fourth wicket. "It's nice to have another guy at the other end doing a similar thing," Anderson said. "It's tough for bowlers, they can't get any rhythm, they don't know where the ball is probably going to be going."

Anderson said the innings and the big win was the "best feeling that I've probably had on a cricket field". His captain Brendon McCullum called the centuries a "once-in-a-lifetime sort of performance from two people". "Statistically it (Anderson's ton) is the fastest , I don't know how many ODIs have been played, probably in excess of 3000 (3451), and for him to be No. 1 in terms of the speed with which he was able to get to a hundred, and Jesse being No. 6 is pretty unbelievable really, " McCullum said. "That to me is as clean striking as I have ever witnessed at a ground."

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Posted by   on (January 6, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

only new zealand can create records or break it no other team........... 2014 t 20 world cup id their's and also 2015 world cup is also registered in the name of kiwis

Posted by   on (January 4, 2014, 8:44 GMT)

it doesnt matter because the records are made to be broke and i was shocked when i saw that last 30 balls 203 runs look rohit also made 209 and when saeed anwar hits 194 then charles coventry brokes his record , and mark waugh was trying to broke the record of saeed anwar of 20 centuries but unfortunately mark waugh hit just 19 100's then sachin played 199 tests then why did he play the 200 test why did he complete it , if he plays the 200th test and complete 200 test then why mark boucher didnot complete his 1000 dissmissals ..???

Posted by wapuser on (January 3, 2014, 10:39 GMT)

While I do agree that queenstowns dimensions weren't 'large' ,Afridi scored his 37 ball hundred in the generously proportioned gymkhana club cricket ground in nairobi, kenya. The dimensions square and down the ground were significantly smaller then Queenstown.So when we argue about Andersons record being somewhat diminished by the size of the bounderies, think again.

Posted by bouncer709 on (January 3, 2014, 7:55 GMT)

LOL why people want Afridi to break this record again? is this his duty? Jasuriya made fastest century record against Pakistan, and Afridi took the revenge from him after few months, now Anderson made it against WI, Gayle is there, he should be thinking to take revenge. But I don't think such records are made with intentions, no body knew Afridi and he came to made this record, now Anderson a new guy came and bettered it, the same way one day you guys and Anderson will wake up in morning and will listen a new name broken this record.

Posted by RAAJ101 on (January 3, 2014, 4:34 GMT)

Mohd. Azharuddin's world fastest ODI was in the era of Sir Vivi Richards and I hail that record the most.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2014, 2:46 GMT)

Can't wait to see what Anderson does to the Indian bowlers. There is a good chance he will hit them all over the field and maybe even break his own record. Wouldn't that be a show to watch?

Posted by alesana85 on (January 3, 2014, 0:44 GMT)

Anderson should have some entrance music next time he plays the west indies..dmx ain't no sunshine. Way to go & make a name for yourself Anderson!

Posted by   on (January 2, 2014, 23:37 GMT)

Afridi said "I never heard his name..". Did anybody heard of Afridi before his 37 ball knock? Also, not to undermine Anderson's effort as it was a 21 over game and being played in a small ground. Anderson came in the 8th over and had just 13 overs and is the same if someone comes to bat in the 37th over of a 50 over game. This is not the first time a game was played in a small ground. To score 130+ in 13 overs is indeed a great effort! hats off to Anderson.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2014, 23:11 GMT)

No wonder Afridi was always in a hurry to retire. He wanted the record to last until his retirement.

Posted by MetimInaGaibar on (January 2, 2014, 22:43 GMT)

Looks official to me. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/211608.html

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