Rishabh Pant breaks Rohit Sharma’s record in Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy

Rishabh Pant, who scored a hundred in just 32 balls, broke Rohit Sharma’s record at the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy on Sunday.

cricket Updated: Jan 14, 2018 14:44 IST
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Rishabh Pant scored a 32-ball century for Delhi against Himachal Pradesh in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy.(HT Photo)

Delhi’s Rishabh Pant on Sunday registered the fastest T20 century hit by an Indian as he slammed a 32-ball ton against Himachal Pradesh in the zonal stages of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy, helping his side to a 10-wicket win.

Opting to field first after winning the toss, Delhi were handed a target of 145 by Himachal Pradesh after Nikhil Gangta (40) and skipper Prashant Chopra (30) helped their side put up a modest total. However, Pant simply tore the opposition down and went for the kill right from the start as Delhi reached 50 in just 4.3 overs.

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Having stepped out to open alongside India international Gautam Gambhir, Pant dictated the course of the match and sent the hapless bowlers to the cleaners. It didn’t take Pant too long to reach his half-century either and reached it in just 18 balls, studded with seven fours and three sixes.

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Gambhir played the anchoring role at the other end and let Pant continue with his power-hitting. It took another 14 balls for Pant to script history as he registered his maiden T20 century riding on 10 sixes and seven boundaries. Pant was unbeaten on 116 off 38 deliveries as Delhi chased down the target in just 11.4 overs.

The 32-ball ton eclipses Rohit Sharma’s effort off 35 balls against Sri Lanka, set last month, for the fastest T20 ton by an Indian. It’s also the second-fastest in the shortest-format of the game, behind West Indian Chris Gayle’s 30-ball hundred against Pune Warriors back in 2013.

First Published: Jan 14, 2018 14:33 IST