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14 Jan 2018

Rishabh Pant smashes the second-fastest T20 century, breaks several records

Rishab Pant smashes the second fastest T20 hundred

Delhi's wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant is the talk of the town after the opener smashed a 32 ball T20 hundred in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

This is the second fastest century in the history of the shortest format of the game.

Pant's heroics helped Delhi to achieve a massive 10 wicket victory over Himachal.

Here's more about Pant's magnificent innings.

In context

Rishab Pant smashes the second fastest T20 hundred
Rishabh Pant blasts a 32-ball century

Record-breaking

Rishabh Pant blasts a 32-ball century

Himachal had set a target of 145, but Rishabh Pant made light work of it scoring 116 off just 38 deliveries, chasing down the target in just 11.4 overs.

Pant smashed the Himachal bowlers all over the park clobbering 12 sixes and 8 fours.

Pant also picked up four catches behind the stumps earlier in the day.

Among the elite

Fastest T20 century by an Indian

Pant's record-breaking knock ensures he is only second to T20 cricket's most destructive batsman Chris Gayle who scored a brilliant 100 off just 30 balls in the IPL way back in 2013.

Pant also holds the record for the fastest first-class century by an Indian with his 48-ball hundred against Jharkhand in 2016-2017 Ranji Trophy season.

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Pant holds several other records

Serial record breaker

Pant holds several other records

The 20-year-old left-handed batsman, who has played 2 T20Is for India, is also the youngest wicket-keeper to score a triple century in first-class cricket.

During the last edition of the Under-19 World Cup, Pant who was the vice-captain of the team smashed the fastest fifty in Under-19 World Cup history.

The left-handed achieved the feat in just 18 balls.

Batsman's game?

4th record breaking ton in last 4 months

Australia's Andrew Symonds scored the third fastest T20 hundred off 34 balls in 2004.

Three others shared the record for the fourth fastest which came off 35 balls, India's Rohit Sharma, South Africa's David Miller, and Namibia's Louis van der Westhuizen.

Rohit, Miller, and Pant have scored these record-breaking tons in the last four months.

Delhi's hefty gamble pays off

Bright future

Delhi's hefty gamble pays off

Pant has been retained by the Delhi Daredevils this season, forking out a massive Rs. 8 cr.

For a player who has been capped just twice by India, this decision had raised several eyebrows.

However, Pant's recent record-breaking form has silenced his critics as he continues to make a case for a regular spot in the Indian national team.

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