Disappointed to end without making it to final four: Gayle

Arnold Nichols
July 7, 2019

Asked what he would miss most about teammate Chris Gayle, who played his final World Cup match on Thursday, Hope smiled and replied: "Probably sun glasses".

However, the Afghans will have a mental edge over the Caribbean team in this encounter as they had beaten them in the final of the ICC World Cup Qualifier past year.

Ikram's 86 off 92 deliveries against the West Indies saw him move ahead of Tendulkar's best of 84 which came 27 years ago.

Afghanistan were all out for 288 in exactly 50 overs - their highest score in the World Cup - to finish their campaign with nine defeats in as many matches, denying their West Indian coach Phil Simmons a winning send-off.

West Indies crushed the hopes of Afghanistan squad to clinch victory in ICC World Cup 2019 and finished off their journey in style.

"We have big names in our time like Nabi, Rashid, Mujeeb.everyone expected them to perform like they did in the last two, three years".

The West Indies skipper struck four sixes in total including a 98m effort over midwicket off Mujeeb and the partnership was only broken when both batsmen ended up at the same end as Pooran attempted to steal a single to the wicketkeeper.

Teenager Ikram Alikhil has set his sights on becoming Afghanistan's greatest-ever player after breaking Sachin Tendulkar's record for the highest score by an 18-year-old at a World Cup. "Hopefully, I and the other younger players in the team can use this and take it forward into their career". Although they fought hard against Australia and New Zealand. Playing each team in this format, obviously, you have to be the better team on the day to progress in the tournament. "But these are big games and big teams".

"If you don't improve and learn from this experience, we're not going anywhere, we're not learning anything", he said.

"I don't know off the field what the plans are for the 2023 World Cup but I think it's something we need to look at and build towards that".

"Regardless of what happens in any team we have to go out there and play cricket", he added. "If you muck up you are basically out of the tournament", Hope stated.

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