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Avishka Fernando takes his place in World Cup record books

By Sahir Usman Jul 02, 2019 • 08:28 AM

Avishka Fernando (21 years, 87 days) - 104 for Sri Lanka v West Indies at The Riverside Durham, 2019

Even though his side had been eliminated from the tournament, the stylish right-hander, who had been injured before the tournament, gave the large number of Sri Lanka fans in Durham a joyous glimpse of the future with his maiden ODI century in his ninth match.

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Virat Kohli (22 years, 106 days) - 100* for India v Bangladesh at Dhaka, 2011

In his first World Cup match and the opening fixture of the tournament that India finished so memorably at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Virat Kohli produced a stunning century against the co-hosts. On a slow pitch, Kohli’s driving was of particular note, using his feet and snapping his wrists through the ball. Almost half of his runs in his 83-ball innings came in the V between mid-off and mid-on. Put in to bat, India made 370/4, which was fifth highest World Cup total at the time. Kohli and Virender Sehwag (175) put on 203 for the third wicket in India’s 87-run victory.

Sachin Tendulkar (22 years, 300 days) - 127* for India v Kenya at Cuttack, 1996

This innings broke the record set by Zimbabwe’s Andy Flower (aged 23 years, 301 days) at the 1992 tournament. Chasing 200 to beat Kenya in their first ODI, Tendulkar and Ajay Jadeja put on 163 for the first wicket which was India’s highest stand for any wicket in the World Cup at the time. Tendulkar spent nine balls on 99 before surging on and taking India to a seven wicket victory. Two days after Ponting had broken his record, he made another century – 137 v Sri Lanka at Delhi – which stands sixth in the all-time list of youthful World Cup centuries.