KARACHI: Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi said in an interview that he will try to to regain his fastest ODI century record in the upcoming 2015.
Afridi, who has already announced his retirement from ODIs after the World Cup, said that on his special day he will try to better the 31-ball record set by South African skipper.
“You never plan out to set such records. It just happens when you have a very special day and your confidence is sky high,” said Afridi.
“If everything works out for me and it is my special day than I will try to improve the record set by Ab de Villers in New Zealand or in the World Cup.”
He added that de Villiers innings was that of a true champion.
“He played like a champion to get the record and it was his special day,” he said.
Earlier, Dr. Abraham Benjamin Villiers believes that his son’s world record of hitting the fastest century in ODI will be “very difficult” to be broken by any batsman.
Speaking exclusively over telephone from South Africa, he said, “it will not be easy for any batsman to score century at this speed. Yes, when Corey Anderson (New Zealand) did this feat in 36 balls last year against West Indies, it seemed difficult. But I can now vouch that it will not be an easy task to score in 30 or less balls”.
“I watched every ball at the game on Sunday. It was a well-planned century and everything went according to the plan. Both openers scored centuries and laid a foundation and it made AB’s task easier”.
Interestingly, A.B. de Villiers is named after his father, who is a general surgeon in Warmbad.
A B de Villiers is a fan of Jonty Rhodes. He saw Rhodes’ famous run out in 1992 World Cup and started dreaming to be a cricketer.
Monday morning, Anderson woke up to find his record had been beaten by five balls.
“It’s one of those things, records are there to be broken – congratulations to AB, it was obviously a hell of an innings, and to get 149 off 44 is probably even more special,” said Anderson on New Zealand Cricket (NZC) web page.
So will the record be broken again? “Never say never! 31 balls is very quick, we’ve got the World Cup around the corner so that could be a good chance for someone to take it down.”
“Only God can do something like that and he would be pushed to be that good. I bet the average player could not do that to a schoolboy attack let alone in an International. He should be ordained for that performance”, Clive Rice, the former South African player has said on his scocial net working web page.
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