At the tender age of 17, Usman Ghani made a dazzling entry into the Afghanistan one-day international team in May 2014, leaving an indelible mark with a splendid debut. He showcased his batting prowess by scoring a brisk 70 from 68 balls, a remarkable performance embellished with six fours and four sixes. In addition to his batting heroics, Ghani exhibited his skills with the ball, delivering a valuable spell that yielded figures of 1-21.
Ghani’s second ODI appearance was nearly as impressive, as he notched up a well-constructed 55 from 77 balls. He capped off a remarkable year by emerging as the leading run-scorer of the 2014 Asian Cricket Council Premier League, amassing 228 runs at an impressive average of 45.60.
In the same year, he continued his impressive form, registering an astounding 118 against Zimbabwe, followed by a solid 43 in the subsequent match. Ghani further solidified his reputation during the ICC Cricket World Cup warm-up tour of Australia and New Zealand, where he struck a century and an unbeaten 61*. This young and talented 18-year-old is poised to play a significant role in Afghanistan’s campaign in the World Cup.