New Delhi: Delhi Daredevils’ power-hitter Rishabh Pant became the second youngest to score an IPL hundred and youngest to score 1000 runs in the Indian Premier League during his team’s encounter against SunRisers Hyderabad at Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday.
The 20-year-old took just 56 balls to bring up his hundred. His unbeaten innings of 128 off 63 balls was studded with 15 fours and 7 towering sixes with 26 runs coming off Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s last over that enabled the hosts to post a competititve score of 187/5 in 20 overs. Manish Pandey, who hammered a hundred for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2009, aged 19 years and 253 days, remains the youngest IPL centurion till date.
Sanju Samson is now the third youngest. The Rajasthan Royals batsman had scored a hundred for DD last year when he was 22 years and 151 days.
Quinton de Kock (23 years and 122 days) and David Warner (23 years and 153 days) are fourth and fifth respectively in the list of youngest IPL centurions. This was also the 50th hundred in the history of the IPL.
Incidentally, Pant’s hundred is the first by an Indian this season as Chris Gayle (KXIP) and Shane Watson (CSK) are the only other centurions in IPL 2018.
In the process, Pant also overtook KL Rahul of Kings XI Punjab to take the Orange Cap.