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Afghanistan's Shafiqullah Shafaq Hits Double Century off 71 Balls in T20 Game

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 10, 2017, 11:15 AM IST
Afghanistan's Shafiqullah Shafaq Hits Double Century off 71 Balls in T20 Game

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From Rashid Khan shining in the IPL to Afghanistan getting Test status, the gentleman’s game has been hogging the limelight in the war-torn country. And the latest cricketer to make the world sit up and take note is wicketkeeper Shafiqullah Shafaq. Shafaq joined the list of few cricketers across the world to hit a double century in T20 cricket — the shortest form of the game.

Shafaq played the whirlwind knock in Paragon Nangarhar Champion Trophy, a local tournament. Held in Afghanistan, it has some of the best players in the country playing in it and Shafaq hit 214 off just 71 balls with 21 sixes and 16 fours.

Shafaq’s knock helped his team Khateez Cricket Academy score a mammoth 351 off just 120 balls. His teammate Waheedullah Shafaq also hit 81 off just 31 balls. In reply, Kabul Star Cricket Club could only manage a meager 107.

Shafaq has been a part of the Afghanistan national side for a while now and is one of the few players to have played in the last three editions of the ICC World T20 (2012, 2014 and 2016). Shafaq has been pretty impressive in patches when it comes to his international career. Shafaq has played 35 T20 matches so far and has scored 392 runs. While his highest score in international T20s is just 51, he has an impressive strike rate of 143.07.
First Published: July 10, 2017, 11:13 AM IST
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