Shahid Afridi used Sachin Tendulkar’s bat to hit the then fastest ODI century

It was Afridi’s debut ODI series in a four nation Sameer Cup in 1996,Kenya. He came into team as a leg spinner as a replacement for the injured Mushtaq Ahmed. He made his debut against Kenya but hadn’t got a chance to bat and went wicket-less but in the next match vs Sri Lanka he got a chance to bat at number 3 as a pinch-hitter. In his first International innings, he broke the record for fastest century in ODI cricket, reaching his hundred in just 37 balls with the help of  11 sixes and the sixes he struck also equalled the record for most sixes in an ODI innings.

In his autobiography,Game Changer, he clearly mention that he made that century with Sachin Tendulkar’s bat. He said that Sachin gave the bat to Waqar Younis for a custom-made replica to be made of it in Sialkot but before the bat could go for the replica process, it landed in Afridi’s hands when Younis gave it to him just before he went out to bat. 

The record for fastest century in ODI was broken by New Zealand cricketer Corey Anderson on 1 January 2014 who reached triple-figures from 36 balls and is now held by South-African cricketer AB de Villiers who made a century from 31 balls on 18 January 2015 against West Indies

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