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Gulbadin Naib Backs Youngster Ikram Alikhil for a Big Future

Gulbadin Naib Backs Youngster Ikram Alikhil for a Big Future

"I'm very happy that I scored 86 runs which was the top score for Afghanistan", said Ikram, who was part of the Afghanistan team that reached the semi-finals of the Under-19 World Cup previous year.

West Indies' Chris Gayle holds the ball as he leaves the ground after their win over Afghanistan in the Cricket World Cup match at Headingley in Leeds, England, today. Ikram became the third youth to make a half-century of the World Cup, before him record was held by Sachin.

West Indies cricketers paid glowing tributes to retiring Chris Gayle after he drew curtains on his World Cup career, saying world cricket will badly miss the big-hitting opener's aura when he hangs up his bat later this year.

"We have a great bunch, some great youngsters as well and it's up to them to lift West Indies cricket from here on", he added in a reference to players such as Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer.

Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Ikram Ali Khil on Thursday achieved a rare feat as he broke Sachin Tendulkar's record of the highest score by a teenager in the World Cup. He said that the team must learn from their experience at this World Cup after winning just two matches.

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"I still have a few more games left as well, so we'll see what happens". "Playing each game in this format you obviously have to be the better team on the day to progress in the tournament", Hope said.

They will nominate their player of the day, who will probably not be the official man of the match, and will pick one moment or person or incident to go into The Final Word Hall of Fame, with an overall victor to come at the end of the tournament.

Dropped catches, squandered run-out opportunity and misfields marred Afghanistan's fielding, best illustrated in the final over of the West Indies innings. "If you muck up you are basically out of the tournament", Hope stated.

"I don't know off the field what the plans are for the 2023 World Cup but I think it's something we need to look at and build towards that", Brathwaite said.

"I'm not happy with the team performance, we didn't really give 100 percent and our audience expects more for us", he added.


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