Twitter reacts as Ibrahim Zadran becomes first ever Afghanistan batsman to hit a century in ICC Cricket World Cup
Ibrahim Zadran broke Samiullah Shinwari’s record of 96 runs which came in 2015 World Cup.
Afghanistan opener Ibrahim Zadran created history as he became the first ever batter from his country to hit a century in an ICC ODI World Cup. He achieved the feat in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match between Australia and Afghanistan in Mumbai on November 7, 2023.
Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afghan captain, won the toss and chose to bat first. They chose to go into this game with four spinners and only one pure pacer, i.e. Naveen Ul Haq. Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Noor Ahmad are the spinners in Afghanistan XI.
For Australia, Steve Smith missed out due to vertigo, while Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, and Marcus Stoinis returned to the XI.
Josh Hazlewood got Rahmanullah Gurbaz out for 21 runs before he could do any more damage, and Australian bowlers kept pressure on Afghan batters. Ibrahim Zadran did what Virat Kohli had done against South Africa two days ago.
He anchored one end, while batters contributed from the other end. Rahmat Shah made 30 runs, adding 83 runs for the second wicket. Then captain Hashmatullah Shahidi (26) and Azmatullah Omarzai (22) also did their best to move the score forward as Australians tightened the scoring rate.
Ibrahim Zadran scripts history
Ibrahim Zadran completed his fifty in 62 balls with six fours to his name. And he continued on easily and reached the three-figure mark in 131 balls with seven fours to his name. This made him the first Afghanistan batter to score a century in ODI World Cups, breaking Samiullah Shinwari’s record of highest score by an Afghanistan batsman in World Cups, a 147-ball 96 against Scotland at the University Oval in Dunedin in the 2015 World Cup.
The fans on Twitter (now X) reacted warmly to Zadran’s achievement and praised him.
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