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ENGLAND DOMESTIC T20 2017

By the numbers: Boom Boom goes bang bang

23 August 2017

Mazher Arshad


@MazherArshad

Mazher Arshad


@MazherArshad

The milestones reached and records broken in Shahid Afridi's 42-ball century for Hampshire

42 – The number of balls taken by Shahid Afridi to score his maiden hundred in Twenty20 cricket, making it the second fastest century by a Pakistan batsman in T20s after Ahmed Shehzad’s 40-ball effort for Barisal Burners in the Bangladesh Premier League in 2012. Afridi's effort is also the equal-fourth fastest century in England’s domestic T20s and the equal-twelfth fastest overall.

81.18 - the percentage of Afridi's runs scored in boundaries, consisting of 10 fours and seven sixes.

Quick Single: Afridi blazes 42-ball ton in 101-run win

222 – The number of innings taken by Afridi to score his maiden T20 hundred, the most by anyone in history. No batsman before had taken more than 200 innings to score his first century in 20-over cricket. The previous record was 187 innings by his compatriot Umar Akmal, followed by Virat Kohli (181) and Andre Russell (180). The quarter-final in Derby was also Afridi’s 256th T20 match; in terms of matches, the only other batsman to take more than 200 games to hit a hundred is Russell (218).


37 – At 37 years and 174 days, Afridi is the oldest Pakistani and sixth oldest of all time to score his maiden hundred in T20 cricket. The overall record belongs to Paul Collingwood (41 years and 65 days) who achieved the feat in the same tournament last month. The four others older than Afridi are Sanath Jayasuriya (38 years 319 days), Graeme Hick (38 years 43 days), Shaiman Anwar (38 years 30 days) and Sachin Tendulkar (37 years 356 days).

20 - The age of Afridi's opening partner Calvin Dickinson, who was born in November 1996, a month after Afridi made his international debut.

176.05 – Afridi’s strike rate as an opening batsman in T20 cricket, the highest in the format's history for those to have scored a minimum of 500 runs. The swashbuckling allrounder has played 222 innings overall but just 21 of those have come as an opening batsman, where he's 544 runs off 309 balls at a strike rate of 176.05. The next highest is Luke Ronchi (744 runs at 171.03) followed by Rawalpindi’s Naved Malik (991 runs at 160.09). Five out of Afridi's 10 fifties in T20 cricket have come as a top-order batsman.


981 – The number of T20 runs scored by Afridi in England, the most he has scored in a country, followed by 734 in Pakistan and 578 in the UAE. Afridi's previous highest score in T20s (80) was also scored for Hampshire, against Somerset on finals day in 2011. Four of his 10 career fifty-plus scores have come in England, including two in Pakistan’s successful campaign in the ICC World T20 in 2009.

249 – The number of runs scored by Hampshire, the equal-eighth highest total in T20 history, the fourth-highest in England’s T20 tournament and the highest for Hampshire. Their previous record was the 2-225 they scored against Middlesex in Southampton in 2006.

20 – The number of balls taken by Afridi to reach 50, the fastest fifty of his T20 career, beating his 27-ball effort for Peshawar Zalmi against Karachi Kings in the PSL earlier this year. While the right-hander had not scored a fifty from 25 balls or less before in T20 cricket, he has done so on a whopping 12 occasions in one-day internationals.

18 - Afridi's previous highest score from eight innings in the tournament this season.


4 – All four of Afridi’s 50-plus scores in T20s in England have come in knockout matches. Apart from his 101 in the quarter-final on Tuesday, he also scored 80 for Hampshire in a semi-final in 2011 and two more half-centuries in the in the semi-final and the final of the ICC WT20 2009. Cometh the hour, cometh the man.

205 – The number of sixes hit by Afridi in T20s, the most by any batsman from Pakistan. He hit seven maximums on Tuesday to become the first man from Pakistan to hit 200 sixes in his T20 career. Afridi also took his six tally across all formats past the 800 mark - he has 115 in first-class cricket, 481 in List A and 205 in T20s.

27 – Afridi was also named player-of-the-match for his match-winning knock, the 27th time he's won the award in T20s. Just three players - Chris Gayle (48), David Warner and Luke Wright (28) have earned more awards than Afridi in the game’s shortest format.


About the Writer

@MazherArshad

Mazher Arshad is a Pakistani statistician and journalist based out of Lahore. He has covered various Test and ODI series as a TV statistician, and has earned a reputation as one of cricket’s leading stats gurus.