Afghanistan’s Ikram Ali went on to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record in his knock off 86 vs West Indies on Thursday. The Afghan batsmen overtook Sachin’s score of 84 after a gap of 27 years to become the highest score set by an 18-year-old in world cup.
“I’m very proud to have broken the record of a legend like Tendulkar. It makes me very happy,” he said.
Ikram, who was brought in as a replacement for the injured Mohammad Shahzad has played nine matches so far, scoring 148 runs at an average of 24.67. Even while Ikram has a huge respect for the little master, it is the former Sri Lankan wicket keeper Kumar Sangakkara that he idolizes.
“Kumar Sangakkara is always in mind and my thoughts when I am batting out there. His ability to rotate 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,” he said.
Despite him scoring 86, Afghanistan fell short of the target by 23 runs. Thus they ended the tournament winless even while putting up some superb performance at times. The side will take this as a learning curve and look to make further inroads in the future.