Afghanistan’s Mohammad Shahzad scored his fifth ODI century against India during their Super Four match of the Asia Cup 2018 on Tuesday.
The 30-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman raced to his hundred off 88 balls at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
With India already in the final and Afghanistan out of contention, Shahzad’s knock spiced up the inconsequential match. So dominant was Shahzad that fellow opener Javed Ahmadi was only five in a stand of 65, before India struck four times within the space of 17 runs.
Left-arm spinners Ravindra Jadeja (3/46) and Kuldeep Yadav (2/38) derailed Afghanistan innings but Shahzad held one end, adding 50 for the fifth wicket with Gulbadin Naib who made 15 and another 48 for the sixth with Mohammad Nabi.
Nabi made a fiery 56-ball 64 with four sixes and three boundaries.
Shahzad was finally out in the 38th over but by then had given a good platform to his team.
Virender Sehwag, Mohammad Kaif among others lauded Shahzad’s century, while some people mentioned how skills are more important than size.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Brilliant 100 from Mohammad Shahzad. Seems to be batting on a different wicket.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 25, 2018
One man army literally today- Mohammad Shahzad , what an innings
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 25, 2018
What a brilliant innings this has been from @MShahzad077. Absolute fearless cricket against one of the better ODI teams in the world. A big congratulations to you on your amazing century. #INDvAFG #AsiaCup2018 pic.twitter.com/jnT7o7upIl
— surya77 (@surya_14kumar) September 25, 2018
It’s been amazing to see @mshahzad077 bat. Feels like he is batting on a different pitch compared to the other batsmen. I don’t think I have seen any batsman score as heavily for a team as he has today. Scoring almost 75% of the runs is unheard of. Take a bow son. 🙌🏻 #INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/lXWeyHWdvS
— VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) September 25, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 25, 2018
Scintillating ton by Shahzad 👏👏 Best quality about Afghanistan team is their gumption and grit. When 4 wickets fell in a heap it appeared might not even get 150-160
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 25, 2018
It’s still a game of skills above all. #MohdShahzad
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) September 25, 2018
Mohammad Shahzad's century is the first against India by any batsman from teams apart from first 10 Test nations.
No. of 100s for each team v Ind:
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) September 25, 2018
What a wonderful ton by Mohammad Shahzad!! While I cheer for Team India today, I must say – Absolutely love the dedication & grit shown by Team Afghanistan in the series so far. Credit and appreciation where due 👏🏼 #INDvAFG
— Priya Adivarekar (@priyaadivarekar) September 25, 2018
Mohammad Shahzad, you beauty. On the Mumbai maidan, he might be cheekily called a Ganpathi: but in cricket, size doesn’t matter, talent does! Well played sir! #INDvAFG
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) September 25, 2018
Centuries for Afghanistan in ODIs:
Mohammad Shahzad – 5 in 76 innings
All other batsmen combined – 10 in 895 innings
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) September 25, 2018
Mohammad Shahzad for CSK in IPL 2019!
— Shashank Kishore (@captainshanky) September 25, 2018
— Israr Ahmed Hashmi (@IamIsrarHashmi) September 25, 2018
— Sɘɭʆɩsʜ Sʌqɩɓ ✌️ (@SelfishSaqib) September 25, 2018
— Kunal Kumar Sahu (@kunal251) September 25, 2018
— shahab kalim (@shahabkalim) September 25, 2018
Three years from now on & Afghanistan will be among top five ODI teams. I'm envious of the potential these guys have. They are thirsty for win,no matter who is opponent. @ICC Give them more space in FTP. #INDvAFG #Shahzad #Nabi #afg #AsiaCup2018
— Sohail Khanzada (@SoheilKhanzada) September 25, 2018
— Saif Hasnat (@saifhasnat) September 25, 2018