The inaugural edition of the Afghanistan Premier League has created a lot of buzz in the cricketing world with icon players like Chris Gayle, Andre Russel, Shahid Afridi and Brendon McCullum taking center-stage.
In what hogged all the headlines recently, Afghanistan's young batsman Hazratullah Zazai left the world in awe with his unreal batting performance. The young lad playing for Kabul Zwanan went all guns blazing for his side as he smashed 6 sixes in an over during the ongoing Afghanistan Premier League.
The left-handed batsman had opened the batting for his side after Balkh Legends had set a mammoth victory target of 245, courtesy of Chris Gayle's knock of 80 runs from 48 balls. After a couple of quiet overs, Zazai got into the groove in the fourth over with debutant Abdullah Mazari facing his wrath.
The debut was one to forget for the left-arm bowler as Zazai smashed him all over the park, in his over which also included a wide. As a result of Zazai's brilliance, Kabul Zwanan raced to 70 runs and looked in quite a comfortable position to reach the target.
In the process, the young batsman brought up his half-century of 12 balls and equaled the record for the joint-fastest half-century which is held by Yuvraj Singh and Chris Gayle. While Yuvraj Singh's knock came against England during the 2007 ICC T20 World Cup, Chirs Gayle's achieved the feat for Melbourne Renegades against Adelaide Strikers.
Hazratullah Zazai was eventually dismissed for 62 runs after 17 balls, in an innings that was laced with fours boundaries and seven sixes. However, his blitzkrieg knock went in vain after his team's lower order to sustain the pressure and as result lost the match by 21 runs at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Though, there was a silver lining for Hazratullah Zazai on the night, as he became the first Afghanistani batsman to achieve this feat and also joined a list of elite players that have achieved this landmark across different formats of the game, which includes the likes of Sir Garfield Sobers, Herschelle Gibbs, Yuvraj Singh, Misbah Ul-Haw and young lads like Ravindra Jadeja and Alex Hales.