“That was an unforgettable moment for me,” Baheer Shah quotes, after amassing 1,096 runs from 7 matches and 12 innings. To provide context, Baheer, of Speen Ghar and Afghanistan, now holds a First-Class average of 121.77, the highest for cricketers with more than 1,000 runs. He has surpassed Don Bradman, who had an average of 95.14.

Breaking records is something Baheer been doing regularly, almost with every second knock. He had announced himself with his unbeaten 256 on debut, 4 less than Amol Muzumder’s 260. He scored 2 more centuries in the next 4 innings. An unbeaten 303 proved Afghanistan had found a gem.  He could have the chance to past Bill Ponsford to become the fastest to 1,000 runs had it not rained in the match between Speen Ghar and Mis Ainak, stopping him at 9 not out after 69 in the first innings. Baheer had beaten Ponsford by scoring 831 runs in six innings (Ponsford had 741).

 

Baheer told ICC after surpassing Bradman: “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.”

In his first overseas outing, 17-year-old Baheer had scored 44 against Bangladesh Under-19. Talking about it, Baheer said, “I like to play in different and challenging situations. There are a lot of changeable situations, but I only want to stay at the wicket and take the pressure on myself and away from my partners. My favourite player is Hashim Amla because he is very calm and plays very well in difficult situations. I just want to keep calm and go forwards.”