In a scintillating display of form at the ongoing ICC Men’s U19 World Cup 2024 in South Africa, Musheer Khan delivered a stellar performance, notching up his second century in the tournament. His blazing knock of 131 runs off 126 balls, featuring 13 fours and three sixes, played a pivotal role in India U19’s commanding 214-run victory over New Zealand in Bloemfontein on Tuesday.
Musheer Khan equals Shikhar Dhawan’s record
Musheer’s exceptional performance marked a grand beginning for India U19s in the Super Six stage. Remarkably, Musheer now joins the ranks of Shikhar Dhawan as only the second Indian batter to score more than one century in the history of the U19 World Cup. Dhawan achieved this feat with three centuries in the 2004 edition.
Batting at the crucial No. 3 position, Musheer contributed significantly to the Indian total, including a 77-run stand with Adarsh Singh (52 off 58) for the second wicket and an 87-run partnership with skipper Uday Saharan (34 off 57) for the third wicket.
Musheer, at the age of 18, has emerged as the leading run-scorer in the tournament, amassing 325 runs at an impressive average of 81.25 and a strike rate of 103.17.
Who is Musheer Khan?
It’s noteworthy that Musheer is the younger brother of Sarfaraz Khan, who recently earned his maiden India call-up for the second Test match against England at Vizag.
Sarfaraz, a Ranji star, has praised his younger brother, stating that Musheer is a superior batter, attributing his admiration to Musheer’s excellent technique and bat flow. Sarfaraz emphasized that watching Musheer play provides him with confidence, especially during times when his own form may be struggling.
“He’s (Musheer) a better batter than me. I’m not saying this because he’s my brother. Sometimes, I may be struggling but watching his technique and trying to work out what he’s doing would give me confidence. His mannerisms, bat flow is very good. Sometimes when I’m not batting well, I look at him and learn,” Sarfaraz was quoted as saying to ESPNcricinfo.