Delhi Daredevils’ (DD) star wicketkeeper-batsman wreaked havoc on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) bowlers at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. Pant ended up entering the record books on various categories with his maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) ton. In the previous season, he came too close to scoring a ton but got out on 97. However, this time, he did not feel the heat in nervous nineties with his unbeaten 128 becoming the highest score by an Indian batsman in IPL.
Pant had always wanted to score a century in IPL as he revealed in his Instagram post on May 11. Mumbai Indians (MI) all-rounder Hardik Pandya too congratulated him for his blazing innings on his post whereas DD termed him as ‘Record-breaker’. Here’s what he posted –
It was emotional moment for me because i wanted to score a hundred since my first season . When I reached on 97 i got scared but it wasn’t there for long i got away with a boundary and this special moment came . Happy to have my first ton of ipl .I will try to perform more consistent .Thanks for love and support
— Faizal Khan (@faizalkhanm9) May 10, 2018
The 20-year-old became the second-youngest to score an IPL century. His innings was studded with 15 fours and 7 sixes. The left-handed batsman made a mockery of one of the best death overs bowlers in the world. He scored 43 runs off Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s deliveries. The SRH bowling spearhead ended up bowling his most expensive T20 over going for 26 runs in the last over of the first innings.
The attacking batsman made a statement with his century as Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) did not pick him in ODI or T20I squad against Ireland and England. He was ignored whereas out-of-form Manish Pandey was given a chance. He is the current Orange Cap holder with 521 runs from 11 games. Even before his blitzkrieg innings, he had 393 runs from 10 games, more than double of Pandey.