Last Updated: 14/01/18 12:31pm
Rishabh Pant smashed a 32-ball T20 hundred for Delhi
Indian batsman Rishabh Pant smashed the second-fastest hundred in T20 history with a 32-ball effort for Delhi.
Pant’s century was just two deliveries slower than the record 30-ball ton Chris Gayle cracked for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League in 2013.
The 20-year-old finished unbeaten on 116 from 28 balls, having hit 12 sixes and eight fours, in the game against Himachal Pradesh at Feroz Shah Kotla in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Pant, retained by Delhi Daredevils ahead of the 2018 IPL, told BCCI.TV: “It feels good to see your name in the record books but one doesn’t play for records. Records happen if you keep scoring, so at the end of the day, if you are scoring runs then everything is good.”
Chris Gayle’s 30-ball IPL century is the quickest in T20 cricket
The right-hander has played two Twenty20 internationals for India, scoring five not out on debut against England last February in Bengaluru and 38 against Windies in Kingston in July.
Pant beat the previous fastest T20 century by an Indian, the 35-ball hundred Rohit Sharma hammered against Sri Lanka in Indore last month.
Rohit matched South Africa’s David Miller for the fastest hundred in Twenty20 internationals – Miller’s innings coming against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom in September.
Andrew Symonds holds the record for the fastest hundred in English Twenty20 cricket, the Australian scoring a ton from 34 balls for Kent against Middlesex at Maidstone in 2004.