While AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli hogged all the limelight in 2013 as they battled for the No. 1 ODI ranking among the batsmen, it was the turn of little known Corey Anderson to capture our attention on the very first day of 2014. The two New Zealand batsmen, Corey Anderson and Jesse Ryder, smashed the West Indian bolwers to all corners of Queenstown cricket ground, as they welcomed 2014 in style, but it was Anderson who stole the show as he notched up his century in just 36 deliveries, smashing an 18-year old record held by Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi. The Kiwi allrounder Anderson took the West Indian bowling to the cleaners as he struck fourteen sixes and six fours in his whirl-wind knock to script history, eclipsing Afridi’s record by just one ball. Born December 13, 1990 Corey Anderson hails from Christchurch and bats left-handed. Anderson is also a left arm fast-medium bowler with recorded speeds of up to 144 km/h. He is also quick in the field and has a powerful throwing arm, which makes him a valuable asset for New Zealand, bearing in mind that the T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place later this year. In 2007 Anderson received a playing contract from New Zealand Cricket, making him the youngest player in New Zealand first-class cricket history to gain a contract. However, several injury-plagued domestic seasons interrupted his foray into International cricket, and he had to wait until last year to earn his debut for New Zealand. He was included in New Zealand’s ODI squad for the Champions Trophy, and made his debut in that format against England in Cardiff. He made his Test debut against Bangladesh at Chittagong in October 2013, and in five tests so far in his career, he has already managed to score a century in the longer format of the sport. Anderson has been rated highly by many in the New Zealand domestic circuit, and is known as a clean hitter of the ball who plays with amazing timing and great power, which was clear from the ease with which he bludgeoned the West Indian attack on his way to an unbeaten 131 off 47 balls. IPL franchises, are you taking a look at this guy? Here’s the video of that world record innings:

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