Delhi’s wicket keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who is known for his fearless batting, rallied his team in Ranji trophy final when he blasted 116 of 32 balls against Himachal Pradesh in the North Zone T20 trophy (Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy) in Delhi. This was an amazing achievment as the southpaw brought up his lightning fast century in almost no time off just 32-ball – his century knock has thereby become the second fastest in T20 cricket and the fastest by an Indian. Pant is now only behind Chris Gayle who holds the world record of pummeling a 30-ball century playing for Royal Challengers against Pune Warriors in the 2013 edition of Indian Premier League. He went on to score 175 and remained unbeaten in that match. Pant’s hammering that comprised of 20 boundaries (12 sixes, 8 fours) led his team to 10-wicket victory in the the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy. Gautam Gambhir was left speechless at the other end of the crease, but he too scored fast – 30 off 33 balls.
The southpaw also surpassed Rohit Sharma’s 35-ball century against Sri Lanka in a T20 International in Indore last month during Sri Lanka’s tour of India. Chasing a target of 145, Pant did not refrain from going on a full out attack against the Himachal bowlers with a phenomenal strike-rate of 305.26 that helped Delhi to chase down the target in just 70 balls (11.4 overs). Pant’s spectacular performance left many dumbstruck on the field, Yuvraj Singh was one of them who got to witness a special knock from the attacking batsman before taking the field to play for Punjab. Yuvraj tweeted, “just witnessed some outstanding hitting by @RishabPant777 scintillating ton”. Pant not only enjoyed batting but he was good on the field too taking four catches as wicket-keeper and restricting the opponents at 144 for 7. Delhi has won three matches in four encounters and will face Services next. Pant has had a brilliant innings in this edition of the trophy before as he thrashed 51 of 33 balls against Jammu and Kashmir.