Picture this, you’re in the centre of the stadium, manning a bat that weighs about a kilo; you fix your crease, shake the stress off and are ready to face a 150gms cork-leather ball that will be coming at you with the speed of 150-160 kmph.
You calculate the line and length and strike it with your Kashmir willow creating an approximate contact force of two tons during the 0.7 millisecond contact time. And you do this over and over for about 90 minutes. Quite a handful!
This is a normal feat for players that have harnessed the art by following a tough practice regime and experience garnered over years. However, sometimes, they push themselves and outdo their own records.
We can find many challenging and crazy feats and facts in the T20I Records library and one such is “Most balls faced in single T20I Match”.
Rohit Sharma was touted to be the Great Sachin Tendulkar‘s long-destined successor. After all, it added up: so much time to play his shots, effortless stroke-making capabilities even against express pace and a wide repertoire of shots. This had to be God’s gift to cricket in the post-Tendulkar era!
Ironically his Indian T20 Premier League franchise nicknamed him “Hitman” when he was anything but more of a caress doer, less hitter. Once it all clicked though, the move to open the batting in the ODIs late in 2012 was one particular turning point – it did so spectacularly.
Rohit Sharma’s 118 off 61 balls against Sri Lanka in 2017 has been the T20I record for Most Balls Faced in Single T20I match innings by any Indian cricketer and that puts him in the 3rd spot in T20I Records.
Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai occupies the spot for the 2nd-highest T20I Record for Most Balls faced in a single T20I Match. An unbeaten record of 162 off just 62 balls powered Afghanistan to 278 for 3 in the second T20I against Ireland in Dehradun in 2019, making the T20I record for the Second-longest T20I innings to date. Zazai’s innings included a T20I record Sixteen Sixes. In August 2018, in his first match against Ireland, the batter scored the fastest T20I Record 50 by an Afghan cricketer, in just 22 balls.
The tough built, aggressive scoring aussie-man, Aaron Finch holds the T20I record for the Most Balls Faced in single T20I Match in the year 2018. Finch scored 172 off 76 balls against Zimbabwe in Harare in 2018, also the highest individual T20I score in history to pocket the T20I record of longest individual innings in T20 Internationals (T20Is). He has twice held the record for the highest score in a T20I, 172 against Zimbabwe, surpassing his 156 that he took off England in 2013 – an innings that included 14 sixes.
Hazratullah scored the second-highest individual innings in the T20I record. He fell ten short of Aaron Finch’s record. Finch and Zazai are the only two players to score in excess of 150 in T20Is.
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