France's Gustav McKeon becomes youngest T20I centurion

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26 Jul 2022 | 04:09 AM staff

France's Gustav McKeon becomes youngest T20I centurion

The French batter beat Afghanistan's Hazratullah Zazai's record set three years ago against Ireland

French batter Gustav McKeon beats Afghanistan's Hazratullah Zazai's record to become the youngest batter to score a T20 International (T20I) century. McKeon, who is just 18 years and 280 days smashed 109 off just 61 deliveries against Switzerland at the T20 World Cup 2024 Europe Sub-Regional Qualifier tournament in Vantaa, Finland.

He had hit 76 off 54 deliveries in the previous game against the Czech Republic, which was also his T20I debut. He now leads the run-scorers charts in the tourament with 185 runs at 92.50 to go with a strike-rate of 161.

France who are in Group B in the tournament have two points after their resounding victory over Czech Republic, while Norway lead the group with two wins in two. 

Zazai's set the record in 2019, when he scored an unbeaten 162 off just 62 deliveries against Ireland in Dehradun at the age of 20 years and 337 days. 

McKeon's century helped France post 157 for 5, but was not good enough to hang on to the well as Switzerland riding on their skipper Faheem Nazir's 46-ball 67 and a late flourish from Ali Nayyer (48* off 16), Switzerland got home off the final delivery with one wicket to spare. Nayyer hit 12 off the last three deliveries including a four off the final delivery to take his side home.

Sivakumar Periyalwar of Romania (21 years & 161 days), Orchide Tuyisenge of Rwanda (21 years & 190 days) and Nepal's Dipendra Singh Airee (22 years & 68 days) are among the five youngest T20I centurions.

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Switzerland vs FranceICC T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier B, 2022FranceSwitzerlandAfghanistanGustav MckeonHazratullah Zazai

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