Shahid Afridi woke up on New Year's Day hearing that his fastest century in One-day internationals has been blown away. "Corey, who"? Afridi asked his nephew who 'broke' the news of Anderson's 36-ball century against West Indies in Queenstown, New Zealand. "I never heard his name and early morning my nephew told me about his feat and I sort of said the first news of 2014 is of my record being broken," Afridi said. "But I must say it's a great achievement and Anderson deserves all the praise. It needs a super effort to score a hundred off 36 balls."
Twenty-three-year-old Anderson was on 95 off 35 balls and smashed a six off Nikita Miller over long-leg to complete the fastest century in ODI history. Afridi had scored a 37-ball century against Sri Lanka in 1996. Anderson said the record wasn't on his mind. "No, not really, I just thought it was a pretty quick hundred, I didn't realise that it was the fastest," he said. The left-hander, who made his ODI debut in the ICC Champions Trophy in June 2013, clubbed 14 sixes in his unbeaten 131 off 47 balls to set up an easy win over West Indies in the third ODI in Queenstown. This was his seventh ODI.
Anderson's century is the fastest in List-A too, equalling Graham Rose's 36-ball century for Somerset in 1990. "I think it was more of 'go with it', the hundred never really got into my mind. I sort of got there so quickly, I didn't have time to think about it. It's just one of those things, you keep going with it, striking it and try and get as many runs on the board as you can. It becomes more about a team than an individual performance."