Who is Baheer Shah, the Afghanistan cricketer who surpassed even Sir Don Bradman’s 99.94 average

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New Delhi | Published: January 10, 2018 3:52:36 PM

Brilliance is a factor that falls outside the realm of measurement. However, when it comes to cricket, there is an individual who has set the benchmark of setting standards that can serve to measure brilliance in this particular sport at least.

Brilliance is a factor that falls outside the realm of measurement. (ICC/Twitter)

Brilliance is a factor that falls outside the realm of measurement. However, when it comes to cricket, there is an individual who has set the benchmark of setting standards that can serve to measure brilliance in this particular sport at least. Sir Donald Bradman was without a shadow of a doubt, the greatest cricketers to have walked the planet. His batting redefined the sport and his brilliance confounded opponents. His immeasurable average of 99.94 in first-class cricket has been the penultimate for a batsman to achieve. Many have come and gone but no one has so far been able to even reach closer to this massive record. There have been a lot of expectations and anticipation about who can break Sir Don Bradman’s record of highest average in First-Class cricket. But now an 18-year-old cricketer from Afghanistan has reportedly finally silenced all speculations. Baheer Shah has come into limelight for his exceptional batting average, which is even more than the legendary Australian. Shah currently has the highest batting average in the world with over 1,000 first-class runs. Shah has played seven first-class games for Speen Ghar Region and has scored 1096 runs with an average of 121.77.

The 18-year-old prodigy, in his debut match, played an outstanding inning of 256 not out against Alo Region at Amanullah. This just does not end here. Shah has already scored a triple hundred in the format and became the second youngest to do so after former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad. Expressing his joy over these unbelievable achievements, 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,” Baheer told ICC.

“It’s difficult to get the opportunity to 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,” he added.

Currently, he is part the Afghanistan team for the ICC Under-19 World Cup to be held in New Zealand from January 13. “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,” said Baheer. “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.”

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