Sun, Aug

Bahir Shah breaks legendary record in first-class cricket


A young Afghan cricketer playing as part of the national teams has broken the legendary record in first-class world cricket by scoring the highest average runs over a short span of time. The 18-year-old Baheer, who is playing in Afghanistan’s Under-19 cricket team, has pushed the legendary Australian cricketer sir Don Bradman to second spot with an average of 121.77.

He racked up 256 not out in his first professional innings, the second highest debut score of all time, before notching his first triple-century five innings later, becoming the second youngest first-class triple centurion, behind only Pakistani great Javed Miandad, according to a report by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

“That was an unforgettable moment for me,” Baheer was quoted as saying in ICC’s report.

He also added “I stayed at the wicket for two days, staying very comfortable. I worked on my fitness before the tournament, and the coaches taught me how to bat well. For everyone whenever they get the best score in their life it’s a very enjoyable, exciting moment.”

Baheer has played 12 matches as part of the domestic games in Afghanistan and has scored 1,096 runs to secure the first spot while Sir Don Bradman is currently placed at the second with an average of 95.14.