Opening batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz recorded the highest individual score by an Afghanistan batter in a T20 World Cup match, during his side’s 2024 tournament opener against Uganda on Tuesday.

Gurbaz broke the record which was held by Najibullah Zadran, who scored 73 against New Zealand in the 2021 edition.

The right-handed Gurbaz was aggressive right from the first over, taking on the inexperienced Ugandan bowling attack with an array of expansive shots in Guyana.


The 22-year-old was eager to step down the track against the spinners, lofting them over the fence with ease.

During the course of his whirlwind knock, Gurbaz — who was eventually dismissed for 76 — also put on Afghanistan’s highest T20 World Cup opening stand along with Ibrahim Zadran.