Twitterati goes mad as Rishabh Pant scores a 32-ball Century
He managed to pile up 116 runs in just 38 balls, which included 8 fours and a whopping 12 sixes.
Published - Jan 14, 2018 1:50 pm | Updated - Jan 14, 2018 1:50 pm
When he got a contract worth Rs. 15 Crore, people raised their eyebrows, but Rishabh Pant has proven his worth with a scintillating knock. He scored the second fastest hundred in the history of T20 cricket and the ones at the receiving end were the Himachal Pradesh bowlers. It was destruction and annihilation of the highest order as Delhi registered the simplest of wins.
Batting first, Himachal Pradesh scored 144 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. It was a comprehensive bowling effort from the Delhi bowlers to restrict them to a below par score on a good batting deck. Pradeep Sangwan picked up two wickets for Delhi, whilst Kulwant Khejroliya and Navdeep Saini proved to be very economical.
“Pant Storm” that deserted HP
Chasing a total of 145, Delhi was clearly in the drivers’ seat to go all the way. Pant’s opening partner, the senior pro Gautam Gambhir, remained a peripheral part of the game throughout the innings. As he kept chipping singles and rotated the strike back to danger man, Pant made full use of all the support he was getting.
Not many are oblivious to Pant’s ability to go berserk on his day. This was just one of those occasions when he was at his brutal best. Poor Himachal bowlers found it incredibly difficult to weather the cyclone. All the 144 runs they scored with such great difficulty, got condensed in just 11.4 overs, much to the disappointment of their skipper Prashant Chopra.
Pant ensured he remained unbeaten till he took his side over the line. He managed to pile up 116 runs in just 38 balls, which included 8 fours and a whopping 12 sixes. This was a knock which justified his reputation and this might play a big role in earning his rightful place in the Indian side again.
After Chris Gayle’s 175-run marathon knock at Chinnaswamy, where he scored a hundred in 30 balls, this is the second fastest hundred ever in T20 cricket. Here’s how Twitter reacted to this outstanding effort from the 20-year-old.
Fastest T20 Century:
30 balls: Chris Gayle
32 balls: Rishabh Pant
34 balls: Andrew Symonds
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) January 14, 2018
Fastest Centuries in TWENTY20 Cricket:
30 balls – Chris Gayle v PWI, 2013
32 balls – RISHABH PANT v Himachal, Today
34 balls – Andrew Symonds v Middlesex, 2004
35 balls – LP van der Westhuizen v Kenya, 2011
35 balls – David Miller v BAN, 2017
35 balls – Rohit Sharma v SL, 2017
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) January 14, 2018
Rishabh Pant scores 100 in just 32 balls, Fastest Ever by Indian in T20 cricket…
— BrokenStats (@Broken_Statz) January 14, 2018
Rishabh Pant scores second fastest century in T20 cricket. His 100 came off just 32
which included 12 huge sixes. He also finished off the game with a six #DelvsHP
— Rishav Narang (@crickfan20) January 14, 2018
All of a sudden Rishabh Pant will become a world class player again, for some experts.
— THIRD MAN? (@imSanath7) January 14, 2018
Rishabh Pant ?
Fastest hundred in t20s
— Romsha Sinha? (@kohlischarms) January 14, 2018
Rishabh Pant 100 off 32 balls !!!
Meanwhile, Gautam Gambhir 30 off 33 balls at the other end !
— Aseem (@ShinobiKnuckles) January 14, 2018
— Er Saurabh Jha??? (@SaurabhTen) January 14, 2018
Now, going by the numbers, Rishabh Pant's 32-ball ton at Kotla is the second fastest hundred by a player in FC cricket. Chris Gayle's 30-ball ton in the IPL leads the chart. #SyedMushtaqAliTrophy2018
— Gautam Sodhi (@GautamSodhi1) January 14, 2018
Rishabh pant tu phle se retained tha aj q khela
— ? Bunny ?ᶻᵉʳᵒ (@SRKianAbhi) January 14, 2018
— Sachin Tendulkar FC (@SachinsLovers) January 14, 2018