Those you interested in cricket might recall my earlier post where I had written about the existing records in the ongoing Indian Premier League 2020 . I had hoped that some of these records might be bettered this year. As far as I know, those current records haven’t been broken yet.
To our delight, two new ones have entered the record books. Playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mohammed Siraj returned the astonishing figures of 3 wickets for 8 runs in his 4 overs in a recent match against Kolkata Knight Riders. In his spell, he became the first man ever in the history of the IPL to bowl two maiden overs in a match. That means, in a game dominated by batsmen’s strike rate – a run a ball being considered pretty mild these days – he actually bowled 12 out of his 24 balls (in two overs) without a run being scored off him. That’s a truly astonishing feat!! Do enjoy watching his bowling brilliance in this video! He showed the others what he was capable of on a responsive lively pitch.
The other record was established by that veteran left-handed opener, Shikhar Dhawan. Playing for Delhi Challengers, he recently scored an unbeaten 106 off 61 balls against Kings XI Punjab. This knock came just after he had scored 101 against the Chennai Super Kings in his previous match. Dhawan had sores of 90 plus in earlier editions of the IPL but had never passed the magical 100 mark. Now he has scored two centuries, one after another- becoming the first man in IPL history to have scored two successive centuries. Indeed, another amazing feat!
The record for the most Sixers in a match was equalled when 33 Sixers were hit in the match between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings. K L Rahul, the captain of Kings XI Punjab also created a record. When he scored 132 not out against Royal Challengers Bangalore, he became the IPL captain with the highest score in an innings till date. He also became the highest scorer amongst Indian batsmen in the history of the IPL, the previous highest being 128 not out by Rishab Pant.
We still are in the league phase of the IPL, Match 47 will be played today. There are 9 more matches to go before the knock outs start amongst the Top 4. As the fight to make the last four gains ground and the knock out follow, here’s hoping more records are smashed on the way- adding to our entertainment!