23-year-old Iraq Thomas slams 21-ball T20 century
Updated - Apr 28, 2016 9:22 am
A 23-year-old batsman, Iraq Thomas, from Trinidad and Tobago slammed a T20 century in just 21 balls. in the Tobago Cricket Association’s T20 tournament at Louis D’or on Sunday. Playing for the Scarborough/Mason Hall side, Thomas remained unbeaten on 131 off just 31 balls by the end of 20 overs.
His herculean knock saw his side chase down the target of 152 set by Speyside in just 8 overs. On the same day, Iraq Thomas was on a rampage in the game that played prior to this game and had slammed 97 off just 57 balls. He certainly bettered his performance in the second match by scoring the fastest century ever.
Earlier in the match, Speyside had won the toss and elected to bat first. They posted a total of 151/7 in their 20 overs. Speaking to the Trinidad Guardian, the young batsman showed his delight on his knock. He quoted, “I was just very happy to reach my first T20 century. I have played cricket for a while and to get this century in the shortest format left me very happy. I played for Queen’s Park in Trinidad, so coming into this tournament I had some good experience having played at that level in Trinidad.”
When asked about the reason behind such an onslaught and why he started hammering the bowlers right from the word go, Iraq Thomas said it wasn’t the biggest of grounds and hence he backed himself to fire. “You can even chase down 180 on this ground because it is not the biggest and it gave me real confidence to go after the bowlers,” he added. “I never thought I would get the runs as quickly as I did but after hitting a few, I realised that something special can happen out there and it came through.”
Interestingly, Thomas had received Atlantic/Kieron Pollard Scholarship Award last year and had got an opportunity to train in the United Kingdom for 2 months.
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