Musheer Khan, the younger brother of Sarfaraz Khan He scored his second century in the ongoing U-19 World Cup 2023. His 131 for 126 against New Zealand U-19 took India to a score of 295/8 in their 50 overs. This was after the Kiwis won the toss and elected to play on Tuesday at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein.
This was Musheer’s second century in this edition of the U-19 World Cup. In the process, he joined Shikhar Dhawan, who is the only other Indian cricketer with two centuries in a single edition of the U-19 World Cup. Musheer Khan’s scores in the World Cup were 3, 118, 73 and 131. After the ton, he is now the highest run-getter with 325 runs after just four innings in the ICC event.
Adarsh Singh scored 52 off 58 balls to give India a good start. The start was continued by Musheer, who played a brilliant knock. His knock included 13 fours and three sixes. He played the sweep and reverse sweep to good effect in this game.
Musheer Khan celebrates his second centenary at the 2023 U-19 World Cup
Musheer Khan became the second Indian after Shikhar Dhawan to score 2 hundreds in an Under-19 World Cup. 🇮🇳
– Musheer on an elite list….!!!! pic.twitter.com/WOvEmZUgeK
—Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 30, 2024
He added an 87-run stand for the third wicket with Uday Sharan, the captain who scored 35 off 57 deliveries. Aravelly Avanish, the wicketkeeper scored 17 off 18 balls. Priyanshu Moliya (10) and Sachin Dhas (15) made crucial contributions towards the end.
India, who are on an unbeaten streak, now need their players to step up and defend the big goal. The onus will fall on Saumy Pandey, the left-arm spinner who has already picked up 8 wickets in three matches. Naman Tiwari, the left-arm pacer, has taken 8 wickets in three matches.
For Kiwis pacer Mason Clarke picked up four wickets. Ryan Tsourgas and Ewald Schreuder each chose one. Only two of the seven players used completed their quota of 10 overs. The young Kiwis will now have to chase a strict target of 296 runs to win again. They were bowled out for just 140 against Pakistan in their previous match and lost the match in the process.
Sarfaraz Khan, while speaking to ESPN Cricinfo after his first call-up ahead of the second Test against England, spoke about Musheer’s early days as a cricketer. He talked about how he started bowling and then became a batsman.
“If I batted 300 balls, Musheer would bat 300 balls even if he had bowled a lot. Our middle brother, Moin, did the tackles. Having two cricketers at home, he decided to go into training.” Sarfaraz said.
Sarfaraz also said that his younger brother is a better batsman than him, giving him due credit for the hard work he has put in over the years. The elder brother praised Musheer’s batflow and his mannerisms in the conversation.
“He is a better hitter than me. I’m not saying this because he’s my brother. Sometimes he might struggle, but watching his technique and trying to figure out what he’s doing would give me confidence. His gestures and bat flow are very good. “Sometimes when I’m not hitting well, I look at it and learn.” Sarfaraz added.