Delhi Daredevil's Rishab Pant scored his maiden Indian Premier League century at the Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi against Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 10. The Delhi youngster was electrifying with his performance as he defied all odds, to stun one of the best bowling units in the IPL, to score his first IPL ton, the third this season.
Pant scored the highest score in the 11th edition of the IPL, as earlier Kings XI Punjab's Chris Gayle scored his sixth ton against the same team (SRH) and Shane Watson scored the second ton of the season against Rajasthan Royals. The young Delhiite left no stone unturned as he hammered away at Kotla.
In Pant's fantastic innings, he scored 15 fours and 7 sixes in 63 balls, scoring an unbeaten 128 with a thundering strike rate of 203.17.
The 20-year old left-handed batsman also became the youngest batsman to score 1000 runs in the IPL.
Pant's century can be seen as an 'apology' towards his teammates after he made a few wrong calls between wickets where skipper Shreyas Iyer and Harshal Patel were sent early after getting runout.
Shakib Al Hasan rattled the hosts after he saw off Jason Roy and Prithvi Shaw early during the match as Delhi won the toss and opted to bat against the Kane Williamson led team who are currently the table toppers of the IPL.
The Cricket fraternity showered praises on the young lad's efforts for Delhi Daredevils.
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) May 10, 2018
Really special innings from Rishabh. Those were not bad balls from Bhuvi in the last over barring the last full toss, but Rishabh Pant is really special and I hope he is nurtured well. #DDvSRH— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 10, 2018
One handed sixes and hitting even good balls out of the park. This was as good an innings you will ever see in a T-20 match against the best bowling line up in the IPL, absolutely clean striking. Take a bow, Rishabh Pant #DDvSRH— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) May 10, 2018
Can't believe what I just saw! Still remember the 97 he scored against GL last year. Unbelievable hitting from @RishabPant777. Great going my boy. Keep it up. #DDvSRH #IPL2018 pic.twitter.com/AK3mpC29Bx— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) May 10, 2018
Absolute carnage stuff from @RishabPant777 tonight!! An innings of 128* off just 63 deliveries is a treat to watch. Way to go Champion! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 @DelhiDaredevils #DDvSRH #IPL2018 pic.twitter.com/QsMEjWhePb— R P Singh (@rpsingh) May 10, 2018
Didn’t expect @BhuviOfficial ‘s super bowling to receive this phenomenal response from @RishabPant777 !! Stellar over! The young talents in this year’s IPL are definitely shining bright! Common @SunRisers !!— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) May 10, 2018