Afghan youth breaks Bradman’s record

The record of maintaining the highest average (of 95.14) by Bradman has now been replaced by Baheer Shah, whose batting average currently reads 121.77.

With an enviable record, Baheer Shah would be hoping to make it count at the U-19 World Cup in New Zealand.   -  ICC

An 18-year-old cricketer from Afghanistan has toppled the record of Sir Donald Bradman.

Yes, you have read that right.

The record of maintaining the highest average (of 95.14) by Bradman has now been replaced by Baheer Shah, whose batting average currently reads 121.77.

Highest first-class batting averages

Baheer ShahAfghanistan121.77
Sir Donald BradmanAustralia95.14
Vijay MerchantIndia71.64
Gerorge HeadleyWest Indies69.86

The youngster has had an outstanding outing in the professional cricket arena so far. Having played an unbeaten knock of 256—the second-highest debut score of all time—Baheer went on to score a triple-century, five innings later. That made him the second youngest first-class triple centurion, behind only Javed Miandad.

“That was an unforgettable moment for me,” Baheer was quoted as saying by the ICC website. “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.”

With an enviable record, Baheer would be hoping to make it count at the U-19 World Cup in New Zealand.