Shahid Afridi, Sachin Tendulkar
Shahid Afridi and Sachin Tendulkar. Credits: BCCL

Pakistan’s former skipper Shahid Afridi is coming up with interesting revelations in his autobiography Game-Changer, which has recently hit the market. In fact, one of the biggest surprises in Shahid Afridi’s book has been about his age. Afridi was claimed to be just 16 years old when he scored that blistering century off just 37 balls against Sri Lanka in 1996 at Nairobi.

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However, it was now disclosed that the power-hitter was 21 years old when he had made that record century as he was born in 1975 and not 1980. Meanwhile, another interesting episode has opened up regarding the century. Afridi used Sachin Tendulkar’s bat to scored the century off just 37 balls. In fact, Sachin had given his bat to Waqar Younis to take it to Sialkot.

Shahid Afridi Used Sachin Tendulkar's Bat for Record 37-Ball Ton
Shahid Afridi. Credits: PSL

Afridi was on fire.

Tendulkar had asked Waqar Younis to get a custom made bat replicated there. However, Waqar Younis gave Sachin’s bat to Shahid when he was going to bat in his second ODI.

“But guess what Waqar did before he took it to Sialkot? He gave it to me before I went in to bat. So effectively, that first century in Nairobi by Shahid Afridi was made with Sachin Tendulkar’s best bat. Go figure,” writes Afridi in his book.

Meanwhile, Shahid Afridi was on song as he smashed six fours and 11 sixes in his staggering knock. Interestingly, Afridi had a dream before the match that he was smashing the Sri Lankan bowlers all-round the park. Subsequently, the right-hander was soon living his dream as he came up with the most destructive innings of the ODI format. The all-rounder had scored his runs at a sky-high strike rate of 255. Afridi had told this to his roommate Shadab Kabir.

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Shahid Afridi Used Sachin Tendulkar's Bat for Record 37-Ball Ton
Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Afridi had a similar dream.

“‘I had a dream that I was slamming Jayasuriya and Muralitharan and Dharmasena for sixes,’ I said. ‘Big, huge sixes.’ ‘Let’s pray it happens, brother,’ said Shadab’,” writes Afridi.

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Meanwhile, Shahid Afridi’s book Game-Changer is making all the news since it was released on 25th April. Afridi was well known for his pyrotechnics and he played for a long period for Pakistan. The all-rounder had also recently played for the Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League as he scalped 10 wickets and bowled with an impressive economy rate of 6.74.

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Gautam Chauhan

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