In their last match, Afghanistan’s Ikram Ali Khil broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the highest score by an 18-year-old at an ICC World Cup.
Though Afghanistan lost their last match against West Indies in the ongoing ICC world cup, their wicketkeeper-batsman Ikram Ali managed to make a special place in the heart of people with his furious inning of 86.
Ikram scored 86 off 92 deliveries against the West Indies and took Afghanistan in a position from where they would have made a match. However, the failure of middle-order resulted in their loss by 23 runs.
In his superb inning, Ikram played some very good cricket and broke Tendulkar’s record for the highest score by an 18-year-old at an ICC World Cup.
18 year 278 days old wicket-keeper batsman Ikram Ali Khil played a fine inning of 86 runs in the match and broke Sachin’s record. Sachin Tendulkar scored 81 against Zimbabwe in the 1992 World Cup, his age at that time was 18 years 318 days.
He said that he’s extremely proud to break the record of the cricket legend like Sachin. When asked about his role model Ikram said that Sri Lanka’s wicketkeeper Sangakkara is his role model. He further said that he likes his ability to find a boundary and rotate a strike whenever needed.
There was both frustration and pride in Ikram as in fact of his dynamic performance Afghanistan couldn’t win the match against West Indies.
He said that he is extremely happy that he scored 86 runs and made a new record, but he is also disappointed that he couldn’t score a hundred. He further said that this is just the start and he wants to make such records.
Though Afghanistan loss all their matches, they gave lots of teams a run for their money. They also made it clear through their performance that they shouldn’t be considered minnows in world cricket.