France Gustav McKeon Becomes Youngest Batter to Score Century in T20 Cricket
Gustav McKeon became the youngest batsman to hit a T20 century in international T20 cricket at the age of 18 years and 280 days. He is also the first centurion in the history of French cricket.
France faced Switzerland on Monday (15 July) in Tikkurila, Finland, in a 2024 T20 World Cup European sub-regional qualifying tournament match. Gustav McKeon played only his second international Twenty20 cricket match against the Swiss and entered the record books.
When you think about France, you may consider Kylian Mbappe and Zinedine Zidane. Many individuals might be unaware that France also plays cricket. Nonetheless, France has been an associate member of the ICC since 1998. This time, French batsman Gustave McKeon’s name is connected with a new cricket record.
France scored 157 runs against Switzerland in 20 overs. Where Gustav contributed 109 runs with his bat. He reached this tumultuous century in only 61 balls, hitting 9 sixes and 5 fours. Previously, Gustav was aggressive with the bat against the Czech Republic in his first match. Abhishek Rangano In the second match, Gustav set a world record by scoring 76 runs off 54 balls, a mark that still stands.
Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai previously held the record for the youngest century in Twenty20. The Afghan opener struck a century against Ireland in a Twenty20 competition in 2019 at the tender age of 20 years and 337 days. Three years later, Gustav, a French pitcher, shattered the record.
On the day when Gustav established a record, however, team results were not favourable. The French were defeated by the Swiss by one wicket. France’s loss was confirmed at the very end of the contest. The Swiss required four runs off the last ball to win. Ali Nair, a Swiss hitter, was let down by the French with only four hits.