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By Vinershea | Jul 05, 2019 07:21 PM

It was a big and proud moment for Afghanistan after Wicketkeeper-batsman Ikram Ali Khil made headlines and was compared with Sachin Tendulkar for a stunning knock against the West Indies in their last World Cup game which his team lost by 23 runs.

Afghanistan’s Ikram Ali Breaks Tendulkar’s 27-Year-Old WC Record

According to IANS report, Ikram broke Tendulkar's record for the highest score by an 18-year-old at an ICC World Cup at Headingley, where the Little Master once broke the mould as Yorkshire's first overseas player in 1992.

The wicket-keeper's 86 off 92 deliveries against the West Indies saw him move ahead of Tendulkar's best of 84 which came 27 years ago, IANS further reported.

Media reports also state that, rather than Tendulkar, it is former Sri Lanka keeper Kumar Sangakkara who Ikram views as a role model. There was a mixture of pride and frustration at producing the highest score by an Afghan at this World Cup for the Ikram.

"I'm very happy that I scored 86 runs which was the top score for Afghanistan. No one had crossed that mark in the nine games but I'm disappointed at the same time because I thought I could score a hundred. Hopefully in the games ahead I will score a hundred for Afghanistan," said Ikram.

"I want to work very hard at my game and become the best-ever player produced by Afghanistan. I'm very happy with the experience I have got at this World Cup. Both playing with my teammates but the opposition as well, the likes of the West Indian players, Australians, Indians, Pakistanis, they have all helped me and guided me. That has given me a lot of confidence and I will go home and work really hard on my game," he added.

Afghanistan failed to win even a single match in the World Cup 2019.