Gustav Mckeon from France scored 109 runs in 61 balls against Switzerland. In the process, he became the first teenager and youngest cricketer to have a T20I century in men’s cricket. He is currently only 18 years and 280 days old.
McKeon accomplished it on Tuesday at the Tikkurila Cricket Ground in Vantaa, Finland, during the ICC T20 World Cup, Europe Qualifier Group B match against Switzerland. At a strike rate of 178.69, Mckeon smashed a 61-ball 109 that included five fours and nine sixes.
McKeon, interestingly, was taking part in his second international game after making his debut against the Czech Republic on Sunday and scored an outstanding 54 off of balls.
France posted 157/5 on the board thanks to McKeon’s century. However, Switzerland was able to hunt it down in a last-ball drama. Top order batsman Faheem Nazir of Switzerland took the lead with a 46-ball 67, and Ali Nayyer’s heroics in the final over secured the dramatic triumph. Switzerland scored 12 runs in the final three balls, including a four on the second last ball to defeat the French.
McKeon’s century broke Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai’s previous record for the youngest player to score a T20I century in men’s cricket. At the age of 20 years and 337 days, the Afghanistan opener hit 162* from 62 balls against Ireland in 2019.
Youngest Male Cricketer to score a T20I century
Gustav McKeon – 18y 280d, France v Switzerland, Vantaa, 2022
Hazratullah Zazai – 20y 337d, Afghanistan v Ireland, Dehradun, 2019
Sivakumar Periyalwar – 21y 161d, Romania v Turkey, Ilfov County, 2019
Orchide Tuyisenge, 21y 190d, Rwanda v Seychelles, Kigali, 2021
Dipendra Singh Airee, 22y 68d, Nepal v Malaysia, Kathmandu, 2022