Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Shafiqullah Shafaq set record books on fire when the right-handed batsman struck a double century in a local T20 match. He played an innings of 214 off just 71 balls and cruised to record-breaking innings. The 27-year-old batsman smashed 21 sixes and 16 fours during the road to this total.
He smashed a double century playing for Khateez Cricket Academy. Riding on a powerful show from him, his side posted a humongous total of 351 on the board which was not chase-able in any circumstances. As expected, the opposite side could not even touch the score made by the Shafaq and was bowled out for a mere total of 107, losing the game by a margin of 244 runs.
This is the second time in this year where a batsman has scored more than 200 runs in a T20 game. In fact, the previous man to do this i.e. Mohit Ahlawat of Delhi, struck a triple century in a local game in the country’s capital to become first ever batsman to touch the 300 run mark in a T20 game.
The right-handed batsman became an overnight sensation and drew much attention. His aggressive show in the local game saw him being called for trials by many IPL franchises but there he could not ink a deal with any of the franchise and found no buyers on the auction day, even when his base price was 10 Lakh.
Meanwhile, looking at the number occasions in a year where batsmen are crossing the 200 run mark in a T20 game, a day might come soon where a batsman even manage to score more than 300 runs in an innings – which will be a miracle in itself.