On New Year’s Day people come up with the different plans in terms of resolutions, parties to wish their families, close friends and colleagues, before recalling memorable moments, but when it comes to cricketers they are bound to do their national duties to perform – to celebrate festivals over the ground before setting their national flag high.
There are different stories to rely on in cricket and engross the die-hard fans and equally the readers. Some players play the supportive role, but some are meant to annihilate opponents before stunning the decent crowds at will. The future is unwritten, but the records are meant to be broken. Such is the power of a sport when decade-old record gets replaced by another blistering innings.
In the fifth edition of Sportzwiki’s Long Leg Tales we came up with super Corey’s show.
Exactly three years to the day in 2014, who would have thought we would witness the whirlwind assault of New Zealand’s powerful all-rounder Corey Anderson on West Indies bowlers to break the 20-year-old record of Pakistan’s flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who became the youngest to score the century when he was 16 years and 217 days old interestingly with no facial hair.
In 1996, the then 17-year-old Afridi took 37 deliveries against Sri Lanka to reach a sensational hundred at Gymkhana Club Ground, Nairobi.
Audacious in nature, Anderson began the year 2014 by slamming the fastest One-day International century in 36 balls against West Indies in Queenstown Events Centre to set his name at the top in record books for more than a year after smashing West Indies bowlers all around the park.
It’s not courtyard cricket where one can hit six sixes off six balls. Such knocks require some strong muscles to flex and above all the precision and great will to perform under pressure and Corey stole the show in Caribbean backyard.
In 2015, only superhuman could have surpassed his knock by going all guns blazing, it was none other than AB De Villiers himself, who had slammed the triple figure mark in just 31 balls against the same opposition in Johannesburg.
Coming back to Anderson, the left-handed batsman smashed 131 not out at a strike-rate of 278.12 while blasting 6 fours and 14 sixes to sit at number fifth overall in an ODI innings in terms of most sixes to rub salt into wounds of Windies bowlers.
Strong in the cover region, Anderson blasted 47 runs on the off-side and 84 on the on-side to choke Windies bowling line-up.
In the rain-marred game, when Kiwis were 84 for three at one stage, Anderson joined his teammate Jessie Ryder, who was playing on 41 when the former went after the Windies bowlers which led to the mammoth partnership of 191 runs between the both as New Zelanders’ set the target of 284 runs in just 21 overs which seemed improbable at one stage.
In the third one-dayer, while chasing down the daunting target, West Indies were able to score 124 for 5 in their allotted overs thus losing the game by 159 runs.
“I didn`t have a clue actually that I was on about to break Shahid Afridi`s record. It`s not that I`d look it up and try and take it down. But it`s nice to have it. I thought I would look at singles and try and get myself in but a couple came out of the middle and you keep going,” Anderson said on his blazing innings.
For his national side, the 26-year-old Anderson has appeared in 44 ODIs, scoring 1,047 runs which includes a solitary century and four half centuries while bagging 55 wickets.
His 47-ball scoring sequence read it as:
The former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi tweeted to congratulate Anderson for breaking his record:
Congratulations on the new record Anderson, I would love to see the highlights of your innings
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) January 1, 2014
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