Friday, 2 August 2013

Records Are Never Made Intentionally : Shahid Afridi

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Shahid Afridi
All rounder of Pakistani team, Shahid Afridi was introduced in international cricket as a leg spinner but he introduced himself as a ruthless batsman. Shahid Afridi in his first innings made the fastest century in international cricket on just 37 balls.

The storm of 11 sixes and 6 fours swept away all the bowlers of Sri Lanka. Six months before Afridi made this record, Jayasuriya spanked bowlers of Pakistan and made fastest century on 48 balls but Afridi broke his record by scoring century on just 37 balls.

Shahid Afridi also broke the most number of sixes record of Jayasuriya by hitting 400 sixes in international cricket. Afridi hit 314 sixes in ODIs, 52 sixes in test matches and 34 sixes in T20 matches.

When Afridi was asked about a six which he will never forget and a bowler too, he told about the match against Australia in 2005 under leadership of Inzimam-ul-Haq.

He said, "I hit 2 sixes and 3 fours to McGrath while 2 sixes and 1 four to Brett Lee. In that innings I scored 56 runs on just 26 balls".

He considers his 2nd best performance with respect to sixes against Sri Lanka in Asia Cup 2010. He said, "Whenever you show better performance against a world class bowler, it makes you happy. It is not easy to hit six to Murli, but I hit 5 sixes in the innings on 109 runs".

He also said, "Records are never made intentionally, they come in part of lucky cricketers because they are almost an achievement. I always focused more on my performance in team than making records".


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