Afridi congratulates Anderson for breaking his record
02 January, 2014
ISLAMABAD: Boom Boom Afridi congratulated Corey James Anderson for breaking his fastest One Day International century record, which stood for almost 17 years.
While talking exclusively with The Nation on Wednesday Pakistan's premier all-rounder Afridi said cricket has become very fast and it was by no means an unbreakable record, but I am proud that I had managed to take that 37-ball century record for such long period of time.
"Anderson had played a very exceptional innings, scoring century on just 36 deliveries is very appreciable, but I would try to once again reclaim that record. I had always played for the country. Record meant nothing to me and they are made to break."
He said he had never heard of Anderson before Wednesday morning. "I never heard his name and early morning my nephew told me about his feet and I sort of said the first news of 2014 is of my record being broken," Afridi said.
He said he had always expected West Indian Chris Gayle or Australian David Warner to break the record. "I had never expected it to be broken by a new player," said Afridi. "I thought the way Gayle batted and hit sixes or the way Warner bats, they were favourites to break my record. I wish any Pakistan player would break this record soon, but for the time being everyone must appreciate Anderson."
When this correspondent asked Afridi whether he was thinking about to have that record by the time of his retirement, Afridi said: "Yes, I was dreaming about holding onto that record when I say goodbye to international cricket. But it is life and you can't fulfill your all dreams."
On another query regarding his future plans Afridi said his main focus is now on performing exceptionally for country in the Asia Cup and then the all-important T20 World Cup.
"As the senior player, it is my utmost duty and responsibility to do well for the team and country. I had cancelled contract with South African domestic team as my daughter was not well. Now by the grace of God she is fine. I am focusing on the tasks ahead. I am keeping myself fully fit, spending time in the nets. In the last few matches, I had shut my critics mouths with exceptional and match-winning performances with the bat and I would try to repeat the same in the next matches. As I came down at number 7, I didn't have enough time or overs to prolong my stay at the crease. I just try to give my all and try to take Pakistan team to a position, where we could easily defend the total. I want to bat up the order in the T20 Internationals, so I could play major role in helping the team to post a decent total, but it is up to the captain, where he wanted me to bat. I would be willing to bat at any given number."