New Delhi(PTI): Delhi wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, abruptly sacked from captaincy a week ago, gave another example of his rare talent by blasting a record 32- ball hundred in a North Zone match against Himachal Pradesh, here today.
Pant pummelled the opposition attack with the fastest century by an Indian to fire his team to a 10-wicket win in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy.
Pant remained unbeaten on 116 off 38 balls. His breathtaking knock comprised 12 sixes and eight fours as Delhi raced to the 145-run target in 11.4 overs.
Gautam Gambhir was left a mere spectator at the other end with 30 off 33 balls.
His brutal innings was also the second fastest hundred in T20s, only behind Chris Gayle, who hammered 100 off 30 balls against Pune Warriors in the 2013 Indian Premier League.
The southpaw also surpassed Rohit Sharma, who hit a 35- ball hundred against Sri Lanka in T20 International at Indore last month. In 2016, Pant had smashed India’s fastest first- class hundred off 48 balls.
Pant’s performance today left a handful of spectators at the Ferozshah Kotla awestruck, including Yuvraj Singh, who witnessed a special knock by another left-hander before taking the field for Punjab.
“Just witnessed some outstanding hitting by @RishabPant777 scintillating ton,” tweeted Yuvraj.
For Delhi, it was their third win in four matches with their last league match to be played against Services on Tuesday.
Pant has been in ominous touch in the zonal event and had hammered 51 off 33 balls in the previous match against Jammu and Kashmir.
In the afternoon, Jammu and Kashmir stunned Punjab by 23 runs after posting a competitive 164 for three. Punjab could only manage 141 in response with Manan Vohra scoring 53.
Yuvraj Singh made runs four off eight balls.
Himachal Pradesh 144/8 in 20 overs (Nikhil Gangta 40; Sangwan 2/39).
Delhi 148/0 in 11.4 overs (Pant 116 not out).
Result: Delhi won by 10 wickets
Jammu and Kashmir 164/3 in 20 overs (Singh 43 not out; Harbhajan 2/12).
Punjab 141 in 19 overs (Vohra 53; Raza 4/16).
Result: J&K won by 23 runs.