When you think of one batsman who can be counted as the greatest of all time, the first name that comes to mind is Don Bradman. The cricketing great was resting on top the batting charts till now but a young cricketer from war-torn Afghanistan has left even Don Bradman behind. Baheer Shah, who is just 18-years-old, is averaging way more than the Australian great.
Baheer Shah has topped the batting charts when his cricketing career is only in it’s infancy. In just 7 first-class cricket matches and 12 innings, the Afghan cricketer has tallied 1,096 runs. In the process, the 18-year-old has registered a the highest batting average of 121.77. He has pipped Don Bradman’s average of 95.14 behind, which seemed untouchable till now.
Below the top two in the list is former India cricketer, Vijay Merchant, with an average of 71.64.
Baheer Shah tearing the roof apart
In a short first-class career which began in October 2017, Baheer Shah has already slammed five hundreds and two fifties, with a top-knock of 303 not-out.
In his debut match, Baheer Shah scored 256 runs not-out, playing for Speen-Ghar against Amo in October 2017. His debut score is now the second-highest debut score of all time.
Five innings after playing the debut, Baheer scored his first triple-century to become the second-youngest first class triple-century score. The first in the list and the youngest player to score a triple-hundred is Pakistan former and cricketing great, Javed Miandad.
As reported by ICC Cricket, Baheer Shah said,
“That was an unforgettable moment for me. 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.”
“It’s difficult to get the opportunity play for our domestic sides, so I’m very thankful for my family and for my friends and my head coach for their support. I only thought I would try my best for my side, so to get 1,000 runs was amazing.”
Owing to his cricketing excellence, national selectors have selected Baheer for the ICC U-19 World Cup in New Zealand. Afghanistan cricket team will kick off their campaign against Pakistan at the Cobham Oval in New Zealand on January 13.
Speaking about his preparations for the U-19 World Cup, Baheer said,
“I’ve started very well in the warm-up matches in Napier. They were good sides with first class players, but we played four matches and won all four. It’s a very good chance for every youngster to promote his career so I’m trying very hard to have a good performance at this World Cup.”
“I like to play in different and challenging situations. There are a lot of changeable situations, but I only want to stay at the wicket and take the pressure on myself and away from my partners. My favourite player is Hashim Amla because he is very calm and plays very well in difficult situations. I just want to keep calm and go forwards.”
Although Afghanistan doesn’t have a long cricketing history, they were granted Test status by ICC in 2017. They are now scheduled to play their maiden cricket match against India, the date and venue for which will be announced later, as per reports by Hindustan Times.