Mujeeb took a fifer against Zimbabwe    AFP
Mujeeb took a fifer against Zimbabwe AFP

Young Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Zadran created a world record for Afghanistan against Zimbabwe at Sharjah on Friday. He became the youngest to take a 5-wicket-haul. Aged 16 years 325 days, Mujeeb surpassed Waqar Younis’s record. Waqar was well past 18 when he had bagged a 5-for at the same ground, back in 1990. Mujeeb’s 5 for 50 rattled Zimbabwe’s batting, bowling them out for a paltry 136 in the fourth ODI of the five-match series which Afghanistan lead 2-1.

Youngest to ODI 5-wicket hauls

Age Figures Player Team Against Venue Season
Years Days
16 325 10-0-50-5 Mujeeb Zadran Afghanistan Zimbabwe Sharjah 2017-18
18 164 10-1-26-6 Waqar Younis Pakistan Sri Lanka Sharjah 1990
18 166 9-2-20-5 Waqar Younis Pakistan New Zealand Sharjah 1990
18 178 9.3-0-43-6 Rashid Khan Afghanistan Ireland Greater NOIDA 2016-17
18 262 8.4-1-18-7 Rashid Khan Afghanistan West Indies Gros Islet 2017
18 266 8-1-21-5 Wasim Akram Pakistan Australia Melbourne 1984-85
18 353 6.4-2-11-5 Waqar Younis Pakistan New Zealand Peshawar 1990-91
18 355 6-1-16-5 Waqar Younis Pakistan New Zealand Sialkot 1990-91
18 358 8-0-52-5 Waqar Younis Pakistan West Indies Karachi 1990-91
18 361 10-0-31-5 Aftab Ahmed Bangladesh New Zealand Dhaka 2004-05

Mujeeb gave Afghanistan the first breakthrough in Friday’s fixture. He removed both openers, Solomon Mire and Hamilton Masakadza, then dismissed skipper Graeme Cremer and also cleared two tail-enders.

Mujeeb, the first 21st-century-born international cricketer, has been impressive since debut. Playing 6 ODIs before this match, he had picked up 13 wickets at an average of 19.15. He made his international debut with T20Is earlier in this tour, bagging 2 wickets.