Asghar Afghan, former captain of Afghanistan, said in the style of cricket as he helped Afghanistan to a huge 62-run victory over Namibia in a Group 2 match of the ongoing T20 World Cup at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi Sunday. He scored 31 of 23 balls in his last international innings ever. During his 17-year illustrious career, he played 6 Tests, 114 ODIs and 74 T20s, scoring 440, 2424 and 1351 runs over formats respectively. Asghar Afghan also achieved 20 half-centuries and 2 tons across formats. He also bends out of the sport as one of the most successful captains in the shortest format of the game.
While Afghan stepped off the field for the last time, he received a guard of honor from his teammates, while the Afghanistan supporters also stood on their feet inside the stadium and saluted the veteran batsman.
ICC took to Instagram and shared a clip of it.
Here is the video:
“An emotional moment in Abu Dhabi. Asghar Afghan walks off the cricket field for the last time amid an ovation from fans and teammates,” the ICC wrote in the video.
Afghan had earlier announced his retirement from international cricket ahead of Afghanistan’s match against Namibia.
“In the last game we got hurt too much, so I decided to retire. There are a lot of memories, it’s hard for me, but I have to retire,” Afghan told a pre-match press conference.
“Afghanistan’s former captain Asghar Afghan, who has the highest winning streak as captain in T20 matches that surpasses Indian legend MS Dhoni with one extra victory, decides to say goodbye to all formats of cricket in Afghanistan’s third match against Namibia at @ T20WorldCup. Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said in a tweet on Saturday.
Afghanistan’s former captain Asghar Afghan, who has the highest winning streak as captain in T20 matches that the Indian legend, me. Dhoni surpassed by one extra win, deciding to say goodbye with all formats of cricket in Afghanistan’s third match against Namibia. @ T20World Cup.
– Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) 30 October 2021
The cricket board took to Twitter again on Sunday and posted photos of Asghar Afghan receiving the honor guard from his teammates and captioning it as: “Former captain and national player @MAsgharAfghan played his last match against Namibia today, making important 31 runs and beating. with heavy heart farewell to all formats of cricket. He received the honor guard from his teammates. “
(With agency input)
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