McCullum gives Afridi an added motivation

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Karachi, Apr 21 (UNI) Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has warned the IPL teams that Brendon McCullum's breathtaking 73-ball 158 has given him an added motivation which would be to surpass that record when he makes his debut for Hyderabad Deccan Chargers against Delhi Daredevils tomorrow.

''It is a very difficult target to achieve to better his 158 at a faster rate. But it is not impossible.

''If I get a chance to bat higher up the order and get enough overs to play I will give it a try,'' Afridi told mediapersons after his side thrashed Bangladesh by 120 runs in the Twenty20 international match here yesterday.

Earlier in the inaugural match of the Indian Premier League (IPL), McCullum demolished the Bangalore Royal Challengers' bowlers as he raced to his 100 off just 53 deliveries.

Afridi who already holds the record for fastest ODI century of just 37 balls said he would live up to his reputation of a big hitter, as Twenty20 cricket suits his game.

''I have a reputation of being an exciting batsman and a fast scorer and big hitter. I wouldn't like to disappoint my fans in the IPL which is twenty20 cricket and to my liking,'' Afridi said.

The 28-year-old added he would certainly look to beat McCullum's feat and is looking forward to have a go at some of the best bowlers of the world.

''But this is what makes cricket exciting for me when you have ambitions of chasing down such targets. If I get a chance to open the innings or bat higher, I will certainly give it a try.

''I am very proud of my record for the fastest one-day hundred. The IPL is an exciting concept and I am very keen of leaving my mark in the tournament with bat and ball for my team,'' Afridi added.

Afridi and his captain Shoaib Malik left for India today to play for their respective IPL teams and will face each other when Deccan Chargers take on Daredevils in Hyderabad tomorrow.


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