Afghanistan national cricket team are one of the very few teams that quickly rose through the ranks in terms of overall performances. Gone are the days when they used to be called a weaker side in cricket. The Afghanistan Cricket Board made improvisations in terms of the coaching set-up, nurturing the right players and backing the deserved candidates when it really mattered the most.
Nowadays, they are able to compete against top teams. It has been really incredible to see them pull off a truckload of tricks according to the situation. It is also nice to see players stepping up in big moments, which gave them a cutting edge to break the confidence levels of the rival teams as well.
Scoring runs in the World Cup is really important because when the batters keep ticking the flow of runs, then the team is bound to pile up runs on the board. In this article, let’s now take a look at the list of Afghanistan batsmen who pitched in with the highest score in the World Cup.
1. Ibrahim Zadran
Ibrahim Zadran entered the cricketing arena by making his debut for the national cricket team in 2019. The left-handed batter, who has played all three formats of the game is turning out to be one of the vital cogs of the team’s batting line-up. He scored an unbeaten 101* against Australia in the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023, which is the most by an Afghanistan batsman in the World Cup.
2. Samiullah Shinwari
Samiullah Shinwari who played across all three formats of the game has been a productive all-rounder for the Afghanistan cricket team. He is known for his batting and operates as a right-arm leg-spinner. He registered the second-highest score as an Afghanistan player in the ICC ODI World Cup. He scored 96 runs against the Scotland cricket team in the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2015. He missed out on a well-deserved century by just four runs.
3. Ibrahim Zadran
It is worth noting that Ibrahim Zadran once again features himself in the list, which goes to show that he is a top-quality batsman, capable of ticking the flow of runs for the national cricket team. He registered the third-highest score as an Afghanistan cricketer, as he scored 87 runs against the Pakistan cricket team in the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023. He was batting so well and missed out on a well-deserved century by 13 runs.
4. Ikram Alikhil
Afghanistan cricketer Ikram Alikhil operates as a wicketkeeper-batsman for the Afghanistan national cricket team. He is known for his aggressive batting approach and his ability to keep wickets. His significant batting performance came during the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup tournament in the group stage fixture against West Indies in which he scored 86. In the process, he became the youngest wicketkeeper to score a fifty in World Cup history as he achieved it in 18 years and 278 days.