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Gritty Ikram enters record books

Gritty Ikram enters record books

Afghanistan had a World Cup campaign to forget as they finish the tournament without any win in all of the nine games they played. They slumped to another loss against West Indies, ending up just 23 runs short of the Caribbean side’s total of 311/6.

Despite the dispiriting defeat, Afghanistan led a strong fightback in the second half of the match with a gritty knock from young Ikram Ali Khil. The 18-year-old struck a fluent 86 off 92 deliveries that kept Afghanistan right in the game up until his untimely dismissal.

Ikram’s special innings, nevertheless, placed him in esteemed company as he recorded the highest score by a teenager in the World Cup and also the third-youngest person to score a half-century in the showpiece event. Ikram broke the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s feat in 1992, and later expressed deep satisfaction at his achievement.

“I'm very proud to have broken the record of a legend like Tendulkar. It makes me very happy,” Ikram spoke in the aftermath of the match.