Wellington, Jan 19 Corey Anderson’s hold on the record for the fastest century in One-Day International (ODI) history lasted little more than a year and the New Zealand batsman Monday offered his congratulations to South African AB de Villiers. De Villiers bludgeoned his way to three figures in an ODI from just 31 balls Sunday to beat Anderson’s mark – set Jan 1 last year – by five balls. (Also Read: AB de Villiers’ 149 vs West Indies – Does Superman exist?)
It came as South Africa thrashed the West Indies – the same opposition battered by Anderson in Queenstown – by 148 runs in the second ODI at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. De Villiers went on to hit 149 off just 44 balls as South Africa amassed 439 for two and the Windies managed 291 for seven in reply. “It’s one of those things, records are there to be broken – congratulations to AB, it was obviously a hell of an innings, and to get 149 off 44 is probably even more special,” Anderson was quoted as saying by New Zealand Board website.
“You never go out there and try and take down records, it’s one of those things that happens and you get in that situation like I did down in Queenstown and so did AB.” In Queenstown, Anderson went on to score an unbeaten 131 from just 47 balls, while AB de Villiers, who only arrived at the crease in the 39th over. Anderson, and the rest of the New Zealand team, will get a chance to take down AB de Villiers record in the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka in Nelson.