Arjuna Ranatunga relaxed after Afridi’s world record broken

Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga considers himself a “relaxed man” after Shahid Afridi’s fastest century record was broken New Zealander Corey Anderson on New Year’s Day.

by BIPIN DANI

“I was neither worried then nor relieved now”, said Ranatunga. “My only disappointment then was that we had lost the match”.

Ranatunga was speaking exclusively to World Cricket Badger 24 hours after the 23-year-old Northern Districts left-hander had taken only 36 balls to reach the milestone bettering the previous record by Afridi that had stood for 17 years by one ball. Anderson’s 131 came from just 46 balls. Afridi’s previous fastest ODI century had come against Ranatunga’s Sri Lankan team in Kenya in 1997.

“Afridi played well and deserved full credit for his innings. Records are made and broken. Why one should worry about it ?”, Ranatunga asked. “Afridi had wanted his record to be intact until his retirement”.

Afridi was extraordinary

“He was only 16 then and guts and determination showed by the Pakistan batsman was extraordinary”, recalls S. K. Bansal, who officiated as a third umpire in the 1997 match. “Afridi’s innings on that day was well appreciated by onfield umpires and the entire Sri Lanka team.

“One of his sixes was hit single handedly. Interesyingly, the Sri Lankan team had travelled to Kenya after winning the World Cup and obviously if the record of fastest hundred was made against the World Champion, they were more disappointed.

“I have not watched Anderson game but I don’t know whether I would ever be able to watch such a spectacular century in my life”, the 74-year old Bansal added. “I wonder if the new batsman could score runs so freely, why our Sehwag or Kohli have not scored century so fast”.

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
His twitter bio reads: Eat cricket stories, drink cricket stories, sleep cricket stories.

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