The first century in the career of Youth ODI, that too only 63 balls. The first 5 wickets in his career, that too in the first 5 wickets of the team. Any one of these two performances will surely make anyone happy. But Qasim Akram did two on the same day.
The Pakistan captain took five wickets for 36 off-spin after playing an unbeaten innings of 135 off 60 balls in the fifth-place match of the Under-19 World Cup at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. In the history of 45-year-old Youth ODI, no one has scored a century and taken 5 wickets in a single match
After spending a dream-like day, Qasim said
“Thank God. I have the blessings of my parents. I took a positive attitude in batting. First I wanted to settle down, then I played my normal game. I batted well. I started playing shots after gaining confidence. The six I played in front of the left-arm spinner was my favorite. Today’s match is the most favorite. Today I have performed my dream performance in my under-19 career. A special moment. “
Despite losing in the quarter-finals of the Super League, Qasim thinks the tournament went well for Pakistan as a team, “We had a good tournament. It’s been a bad day, with Australia. I don’t want to remember that. The end is better.