UAE’s Khurram Khan becomes oldest ODI centurion
UAE captain Khurram Khan put himself into the record books by becoming the oldest player to score an ODI century during his team’s six-wicket win over Afghanistan.
Aged 43 years and 162 days, Khan overtook Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayas¬uriya, who at 39 years and 212 days, held the record after scoring 107 against India in Dambulla in Janu¬ary 2009.
Chasing a modest total of 281 runs posted by Afghanistan, Khurram Khan scored 132 runs to lead his team to a six-wicket victory.
He completed his century in 105 balls, hitting fours and clearing the fence once. He later struck four more fours to see his side cruising past the target in 48.2 overs.UAE has taken a lead of 2-0 in the four-match series.
Before Jayasuriya, England’s Geoffrey Boycott held the record of hitting a century at the age of 39 years 51 days.
“It feels absolutely amazing,” said the 43-year-old. “It’s a good feeling to score a century, and to be on the winning side is like the icing on the cake. It’s one I will cherish for a long time and words cannot explain how I feel.
“When I got out on Friday (in the first ODI) I played a rash shot and that was on the back of my mind. Today, I played my shots naturally and was rewarded with a century.”