World record alert: French Batter Gustav McKeon becomes the youngest player to score a T20I ton

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Frenchman Gustav McKeon edged his name in the history books as he became the youngest batter to score a century in T20 internationals in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 Europe Sub-Regional Qualifier tournament in Finland.

French batter Gustav McKeon becomes the youngest Men's batter to score a hundred in T20I cricket

At the age of 18 years and 280 days, Gustav McKeon scored a blistering 109 off 61 balls against Switzerland in Vantaa. In his knock, the young batter struck five fours and nine sixes.

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Gustav McKeon continues his rich run of form in the tournament, backing up a swashbuckling 76 from 54 balls against the Czech Republic, and the teenager leads the tournament for runs, with his tally of 185 coming at a strike rate of 161, and an average of 92.50.

Despite the century, McKeon’s France couldn’t finish the job, losing a final-ball thriller to their neighbours who chased down a target of 158. Swiss skipper Faheem Nazir led at the top of the order with a 46-ball 67, with Ali Nayyer’s late-over heroics ensuring the last-gasp victory.

Nayyer blasted 12 off the final three balls, including a four off the last ball to break French hearts, meaning that the pair sit level on two points in group stage action. Norway leads Group 2 thanks to two resounding victories over the Czech Republic and Estonia, with the pair yet to get off the mark.

Gustav McKeon breaks Hazratullah Zazai’s record

French Batter Gustov McKeon Becomes The Youngest Centurion In T20 Cricket

McKeon broke dasher Hazratullah Zazai’s record by more than two years, with the Afghanistan opener’s 162* from 62 balls against Ireland in 2019 scored at 20 years and 337 days.

Youngest Men’s player to score a T20I century

Gustav McKeon – 18y 280d, France v Switzerland, Vantaa, 2022
Hazratullah Zazai – 20y 337d, Afghanistan v Ireland, Dehradun, 2019
Sivakumar Periyalwar – 21y 161d, Romania v Turkey, Ilfov County, 2019
Orchide Tuyisenge, 21y 190d, Rwanda v Seychelles, Kigali, 2021
Dipendra Singh Airee, 22y 68d, Nepal v Malaysia, Kathmandu, 2022

The winner of the third Sub-Regional tournament will join Denmark, Italy, Jersey and Germany in the Europe Qualifier next year, as well as the European sides who fail to secure 2024 qualification through the 2022 tournament: Ireland, the Netherlands and Scotland.

Highlights:


• Gustav McKeon breaks World Record for scoring the youngest century in T20Is.
• McKeon broke Hazratullah Zazai’s record.

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