Cricket fans around the world were treated to an unforgettable moment during the 39th match of the ODI World Cup 2023 between Australia and Afghanistan. The thrilling encounter witnessed Ibrahim Zadran scripting history and becoming the first Afghan batter to score a century in the World Cup event. His remarkable performance not only left the cricketing world in awe of his talent and resilience but also powered Afghanistan to their highest total in the ODI World Cup.

Ibrahim’s century was a testament to his class and determination. What made it even more special was that it came in tough conditions, facing the formidable Australian bowling attack. The young batter exhibited a mesmerizing array of shots throughout his innings that had fans and experts alike applauding his skills.

Ibrahim Zadran becomes first Afghan batter to score ton in World Cup history

Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Afghanistan were successful in managing to set a challenging total of 291/5 in their allotted 50 overs. Ibrahim played a pivotal role in the Afghan innings by notching an impressive unbeaten 129 runs. Rahmat Shah also made a contribution of 30 runs from 44 balls, while Rashid Khan added a rapid 35 runs from a mere 18 deliveries. Australia’s standout performer in the match was Josh Hazlewood, who finished with figures of 2/39.

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Records tumble

With his century, Ibrahim etched his name into the record books. He became the fourth youngest player to register an ODI hundred against Australia. Additionally, he now shares the joint second position for the most ODI hundreds for Afghanistan, underlining his importance to the national team. Lastly, Ibrahim also became the fourth youngest player to score an ODI World Cup hundred, marking this moment as a historical milestone in Afghan cricket.

Ibrahim’s stunning century even contributed to Afghanistan setting their highest total in the ODI World Cup. Interestingly, the score also surpassed the highest chased score at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium.

Netizens react

The power of social media came alive as netizens from around the world took to various platforms to express their admiration for Ibrahim’s historic innings. The cricketing community, fans, and experts showered him with praise, celebrating his remarkable achievement.

Here’s how fans reacted:

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