Noor Ahmad Strikes: Saqib Zulfiqar’s Precarious Cut Ends in Ikram Alikhil’s Safe Hands

In a pivotal moment during the Afghanistan vs Netherlands World Cup 2023 clash, Noor Ahmad showcased his bowling finesse, dismissing Saqib Zulfiqar in a manner that underlined the delicate balance between risk and reward in cricket.

Noor Ahmad, with his crafty spin, delivered a slightly quicker and flatter ball outside off. Saqib Zulfiqar, aiming to cut the delivery, found himself deceived by the pace and trajectory.


The batsman’s attempt resulted in a faint edge, barely discernible but sufficient to change the course of the game. The ball traveled smoothly into the gloves of wicketkeeper Ikram Alikhil, who seized the opportunity without hesitation.

Saqib Zulfiqar, after a challenging stint at the crease, departed with just 3 runs off 15 balls.

Noor Ahmad’s strategic variation in pace and flight proved to be the undoing of Saqib Zulfiqar.

The bowler’s ability to lure the batsman into a risky shot, coupled with his accuracy, showcased the young spinner’s potential as a match-winner for Afghanistan.