Former Pakistan all-rounder, Shahid Afridi has rated his knock of 141 against India in the first Test of the 1999 series in Chennai as his favourite hundred in international cricket.
Shahid Afridi never had an excellent record in Test cricket to boasts of. However, it was one such match when the flamboyant all-rounder made his mark. He scored a sensational 141 off 191 deliveries and helped put India under severe pressure eventually.
Afridi was asked during a question-answer session on Twitter that which was his favourite century in international cricket? That particular match is remembered more for the heroic century from Little Master Sachin Tendulkar. Despite his brilliance in the 2nd innings, India fell short by just 12 runs. Pakistan took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series following the narrow victory.
After bowling out Pakistan for 238 in the 1st innings, India secured a slender lead of 16 runs, as they managed to score 254 in their 1st essay.
It was a substantial lead especially given the fact that it was a low scoring match till then. In the 2nd innings, it was a magnificent knock by Shahid Afridi which allowed Pakistan to post a competitive 286 on the board.
Against India, 141
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) August 26, 2018
Shahid Afridi was quite magnificent in the Chennai Test back in 1999
He took on the Indian bowling attack with disdain. In the process, he struck 21 fours and three big sixes during his knock of 141. It was a knock which Afridi rates as his best in international cricket. The situation was very tough for both the teams. More importantly, Afridi’s efforts went in a winning cause. However, not before Sachin Tendulkar played one of the finest 4th innings knocks ever.
Going through innumerable shoulder pain, Tendulkar went on to play a magical knock of 136 runs. It almost turned out to be a match-winning inning, but Tendulkar got dismissed with India within touching distances of the victory target.
The last three batsmen didn’t manage to get India over the line, as Pakistan won by 12 runs in the end.