Afghanistan batsman Ikram Ali Khil achieved a dream feat on Thursday by breaking Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s long-standing record of becoming the youngest batsman to register an 80+ score in the World Cup. The wicketkeeper-batsman was 18 years and 278 days when he crafted an innings of 86 off 93 against the West Indies in Afghanistan’s league match in the ongoing tournament.
To Afghanistan’s misfortune, Ikram’s innings didn’t steer them to victory and they will fly home winless from England but to the young lad’s joy, he surpassed Tendulkar’s record of 81 runs in a World Cup match at the age of 18 years and 318 days against Zimbabwe in 1992.
Ikram Ali was called in as a replacement to Mohammad Shahzad as the latter was ruled out of the World Cup due to an injury. The 18-year-old confessed that he idolises Kumar Sangakkara and is fond of Sangakkara's ability to rotate strike. Akram Ali added that the former Sri Lankan is always on his find when he is on the pitch.
The 9-ODI old Ikram Ali said that he is very happy and proud to break Tendulkar’s record. In his nine appearances, Ikram Ali Khil has scored 148 runs at an average of 24.67 with the knock against the West Indies was also his career best.
Afghanistan started the tournament with a fighting spirit and as the tournament progressed they have managed to gain respect from cricketing experts and fans. They made their contests intense but never emerged victorious. The Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib in a post-match conference said that their cricketing abilities were on display in the past few matches and that they are taking away a lot of positives at the end of their campaign.
West Indies won the match by 23 runs and closed their World Cup campaign with just two victories.