The IPL 2021, which was halted in May owing to the COVID-19 case, will continue on Sunday in the United Arab Emirates. If we talk about the history of IPL, several greats and batting icons have established their legacy by smashing quick-fire hundreds in domestic cricket’s biggest spectacle. Chris Gayle holds the record for the fastest century ever in the IPL (30 balls)
Former Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir believes Indian opener KL Rahul has the potential to strike a 40-ball century in the IPL. Gambhir discussed PBKS’s IPL campaign in depth during the Star Sports show ‘Game Plan’.
Most sixes for each team in IPL:
CSK – MS Dhoni (187)
DC – Rishabh Pant (107)
PBKS – KL Rahul (96)
KKR – Andre Russell (139)
MI – Kieron Pollard (211)
RR – Shane Watson (109)
RCB – Chris Gayle (239)
SRH – David Warner (143)#IPL2021
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) September 13, 2021
“You have got the game to bat a strike rate of probably 170-180 and suddenly, because the other players are not performing, you get that strike rate down to about 120-130, that’s going to actually affect the team even more.If someone does not have the ability to play at that strike rate, you can understand that he has got to play that anchor kind of innings, but KL Rahul has got the ability to probably get a 40-ball hundred and why would you not want to do that” Gambhir said.
In the first phase of the IPL 2021, Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul scored 331 runs at an average of 66 and a strike rate of 136 in seven games.
KL Rahul can get two or three hundreds in a season – Gautam Gambhir
KL Rahul, according to the former KKR player, has the calibre to have a season similar to Virat Kohli’s in IPL 2016.
“It is a little unfortunate that we still haven’t seen the best of KL Rahul. Yes, he has got runs but we still haven’t seen what he can probably achieve in his batting. He could have a season like Virat Kohli had once. He is that kind of a player in white-ball cricket, that he can get two or three hundreds in a season and at a very good strike rate as well,” Gautam added.