Ikram Ali breaks Sachin’s rare World Cup record

Afghanistan might have ended their World Cup 2019 campaign without a win but their wicketkeeper-batsman Ikram Ali Khil on Thursday gave their fans something to smile and forget the pain.

Ikram Ali breaks Sachin's rare World Cup record
Afghanistan’s Ikram Ali breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s rare World Cup record against West Indies.

Ikram Ali in team’s final fixture achieved a rare record as he broke legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record of the highest score by a teenager in the World Cup. The 18-year-old cricketer was instrumental against West Indies in the final league fixture as he scored 86 off 92 balls in Leeds.

The 86-run knock saw him outsmart Tendulkar’s record, who essayed 84 runs as an 18-year-old teenager against New Zealand in the 1992 World Cup.

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Proud to have broken Sachin’s record: Ikram Ali

Speaking on his record-breaking recital, Ikram was quoted by news agency PTI as saying, “I’m very proud to have broken the record of a legend like Tendulkar. It makes me very happy.”

He made it pretty clear that it is former Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara whom he idolises very much and not Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.

“Kumar Sangakkara is always in mind and my thoughts when I am batting out there,” said Ikram. “His (Sangakkara) ability to rotate the strike and find a boundary when needed, that is what made him a world class batsman. That is what I try to copy as much as I can,” said the Afghan cricketer who was part of the team that made it to the semi-finals of the Under-19 World Cup last year.

The young wicketkeeper was rather unlucky as his record-breaking knock ended up in a losing cause as Afghanistan surrendered to West Indies by 23 runs. Chasing 312, Afghanistan could muster 288. Nonetheless, Ikram Ali’s 86-run knock turned out to be the top score by an Afghan batsman in this tournament.

“I’m very happy that I scored 86 runs which was the top score for Afghanistan,” said elated Ikram.

“No one had crossed that mark in nine games but I’m disappointed at the same time because I thought I could score a hundred. Hopefully, in the games ahead, I will score a hundred for Afghanistan,” he said.

Well, the young wicket-keeper batsman, Ikram initially was not part of the team’s 15-member squad for the World Cup 2019. He was called in as a replacement for Mohammad Shahzad after he was ruled out of the marquee event with a knee injury.

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