Indian-origin batsman Ayaan Khan scored a century while playing for Oman in the World Cup qualifiers.
The Netherlands kept their hopes alive for the ODI World Cup qualifiers starting October 5 in India with a 74-run win over Oman in the Super Six stage of the qualifiers. Oman may have lost this match, but this opportunity was very special for Indian-origin Ayaan Khan, who was included in the team. He became only the sixth player to score a century for this country.
Ayan Khan scored a century
Ayan Khan scored an unbeaten 105 runs in this match. During this, he faced 92 balls which included 11 fours and two sixes. Apart from him, no one in the team could cross the 50 mark. Ian has spent a long time in India. Ayaan belongs to a hockey family that includes players ranging from Olympic medalists to world champions.
Ayan’s family has been associated with hockey
Ayaan’s cousin Aslam Sher Khan is a veteran hockey player of India. He was part of the Indian hockey team that won the World Cup in 1975. According to the New Indian Express, Ahmed Sher Khan, who was part of the Indian team that won the gold medal in the 1936 Olympics, also belonged to Ayan’s family. Despite this, Ayan chose cricket instead of hockey.
Ayan played domestic cricket for Madhya Pradesh
Ayan played matches for Madhya Pradesh at age group level. He got a chance in the senior team in the domestic season of 2015-16. He made his debut in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Venkatesh Iyer was also his companion. Ayan Khan did not get many opportunities and with the intention of playing cricket continuously, he settled in Oman. He played domestic cricket here for three years and made his international debut after the cooling off period was over. He has played 33 ODIs so far in which he has 971 runs and 27 wickets. At the same time, he has 124 runs and two wickets in 11 T20s.