Fourth youngest to do so, surpassing Kohli and Tendulkar.
129 runs propel Afghanistan to record total.
History was made today at Mumbai’s iconic Wankhede Stadium, as young Afghan cricketer Ibrahim Zadran etched his name in the annals of cricket history.
The 21-year-old sensation not only became the first Afghan player to score a century in an ODI World Cup match but also established himself as the fourth youngest batter to achieve this milestone on the grand stage.
In a high-stakes encounter against the five-time World Champions, Australia, Ibrahim Zadran showcased his immense talent and composure. His unbeaten innings of 129 runs, which came off 131 deliveries and included seven boundaries, was a remarkable feat that propelled Afghanistan to their highest-ever World Cup total of 291/5.
What makes Zadran’s achievement even more remarkable is his age. At 21 years and 330 days, he surpassed the records of cricket legends like Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar, who achieved their maiden ODI World Cup centuries at the ages of 22 years and 106 days and 22 years and 300 days, respectively.
The youngest batter to register an ODI World Cup century remains Ireland’s Paul Stirling, who accomplished this feat at the tender age of 20 years and 196 days during the 2011 World Cup against the Netherlands.
Ibrahim Zadran’s century not only propelled his team to a competitive total but also played a pivotal role in three crucial partnerships during the innings. He contributed 83 runs for the second wicket with Rahmat Shah (30), 52 runs for the third wicket alongside skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi (26), and a 58-run partnership with Rashid Khan towards the end of the innings.
Earlier in the tournament, Zadran had also impressed cricket enthusiasts with an exceptional 87-run knock in a victorious effort against their Asian rivals, Pakistan.
Zadran’s record-breaking century and his consistent performances in the World Cup have certainly established him as a rising star in the world of cricket, and he is undoubtedly a player to watch in the coming years. Afghanistan and cricket fans around the world will be eagerly anticipating his future exploits on the cricket field.
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