Whereas hitting a double century is still a far-fetched dream for the likes of Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli & others in T20 cricket, South Africa’s visually impaired batsman Frederik Boer has turned it into a reality. Boer stunned everyone by scoring a double century in T20 cricket on October 2, in the Blind Cricket South Africa national tournament.
The Boland batsman scored a mind-boggling 205 runs off just 78 deliveries at a formidable strike rate of 263. It was not a Chris Gayle-esque innings from Boer as he relied on fours rather than towering sixes.
The percentage of boundaries in his double century was as high as 87.80 strike rate. According to Times Live, his innings was studded with 39 fours and 4 sixes.
Even after the record innings, Boer was humble and thankful for all the love from people on Facebook. Here’s what Boer had to say after his historic innings:
The first South African visually impaired player to score a double hundred in T20 cricket. 205 of 78 balls. 39×4’s 4×6’s strike rate 263 pic.twitter.com/pZA2SyU55T
— blindcricketSA (@BlindcricketS) October 2, 2018
Praises poured in from around the world after the double century:
What a beast !!!! Champion https://t.co/8KTJxQ2Or4
— Bilal (@billz_25) October 2, 2018
Well done. https://t.co/ry8Q4Uj3Gn
— Rrrrobin Adams (@RobinAdamsZA) October 2, 2018
Take a bow, well done! https://t.co/brbbklMC8s
— Naeemah (@NaeemahBenjamin) October 2, 2018
Amazing, 200 runs in a T20 https://t.co/tumGlnbW0x
— Shawn Belluigi (@icarusjhb) October 2, 2018
Wow a lad!! https://t.co/drjDEwwWHB
— Monaheng (@Lahloza) October 2, 2018
— WebCricket (@WebCricketSA) October 2, 2018
@SamarthanamTFTD @blind_cricket @OfficialCSA @ICC #BlindCricket
South Africa’s FERDIE BOER is the first South African visually impaired player to score a double hundred in T20 cricket. 205 of 78 balls. 39×4’s 4×6’s strike rate 263 https://t.co/MFhw3e18hl
— Mayur Baruah (@BaruahMayur) October 3, 2018
His innings helped Boland post a stupendous total of 319 for the loss of one wicket. The double centurion’s fiery innings ended with three dot balls followed by him losing his wicket through a run out.