Kings XI Punjab batsman KL Rahul, opening the innings against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday, scored the first century of season 13 of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
His unbeaten 132 off just 69 balls took KXIP to a commanding total of 206/3 in 20 overs. Rahul’s breathtaking knock comprised 14 dazzling fours and seven huge sixes.
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Enroute to his hundred, Rahul also became the fastest Indian to complete 2000 runs in the IPL.
He needed 60 innings to reach the milestone. The record was previously held by master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who achieved the same milestone in 63 innings.
Rahul remained unbeaten on 132 and surpassed Rishabh Pant (128 in 2018) to post the highest individual score by an Indian in IPL history.
Incidentally, this was also the highest score by a captain in the IPL.
Here are some of the other records piled by Rahul-
IPL Century both as captain & non-captain:
1. Virender Sehwag
2. David Warner
3. KL Rahul
Highest individual scores by captains in IPL:
132 – KL Rahul, 2020
126 – David Warner, 2017
119 – Virender Sehwag, 2011
113 – Virat Kohli, 2016
109 – Virat Kohli, 2016
108* – Virat Kohli, 2016
First 30 Runs (23 Balls)
Next 30 Runs (19 Balls)
Next 30 Runs (18 Balls)
Next 42 Runs (9 Balls)
KL Rahul made his IPL debut in 2013 and has played 69 matches so far where he has amassed 2,130 runs with two centuries and 16 half-centuries.
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