Rishabh Pant justifies Rs 8 cr tag for Daredevils in IPL 2018, hits 2nd fastest century in T20 history

Pant can also double up as a wicketkeeper which is a big advantage for any team he gets into

Rishabh Pant smashed fastest T20 hundred as an Indian in a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match against Himachal Pradesh on Sunday.

His hundred came off merely 32 balls, which makes him second to Chris Gayle, who brought up his ton in 30 balls against Pune Warriors in IPL 2015.

This is a massive statement by Pant ahead of the IPL Auctions.

The 20-year-old from Roorkee shot to limelight after he played a couple of blitzkrieg knocks during the 2017 IPL for Delhi Daredevils. Delhi Daredevils showed faith in the youngster by retaining him for Rs 8 crores.

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Third in the list of fastest T20 hundreds is the Australian burly all-rounder Andrew Symonds. who scored a 34-ball 100 against Middlesex in 2004. LP van der Westhuizen’s 100 for Namibia came in 35-balls against Kenya in 2011.

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Earlier Delhi restricted Himachal Pradesh to 144. Pant remained unbeaten on 116 off 38 balls, as Delhi reached their target in 11 overs. Pant’s strike-rate read 305.26, which is unheard off. The southpaw’s innings comprised of 12 sixes and 8 fours.

The youngster seems to be enjoying a purple patch and his IPL franchise would be hoping he continues his good run in the tournament.

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Meanwhile, Gambhir who was at the other end, remained unbeaten on 30 runs off 33 balls.

Here’s is how Twitter hailed his breathtaking knock.

Pant can also double up as a wicketkeeper which is a big advantage for any team he gets into, as he will provide the team with the right balance.