The Delhi XI New wreaked havoc on Simba recently when one of its batsmen, Subodh Bhati, became the 1st Indian to hit a double century in a T20 game. With the help of 17 fours and equal number of sixes, the Delhi batsman helped its team put a mammoth score of 256 on board. Meanwhile, the two other batsmen that took to the pitch added just 31 runs together.
From Anil Kumble’s 10 wickets in one innings, to Sachin’s double ton being the first ever being hit in International Men’s Cricket.
From master blaster’s most number of International Matches in men’s cricket (463), to Rahul Dravid’s most Test match catches by non-wicket-keepers (210 catches).
From Rohit Sharma’s highest individual ODI score of 264, to Bapu Nadkarni’s best economy rate in an innings (0.15, 32 overs, 5 runs).
From Narendra Hirwani’s best bowling figures on Test debut (16/136), to Sachin Tendulkar’s most number of runs in career (18,426 in ODIs and 15,291) in Tests.
India’s Take on the Gentleman’s Game
India has taken the gentleman’s sport of cricket, which was first introduced by its colonizers England, and has made its own. The record books are inked with name of legendary cricketers who came from the depts of oblivion, and are now the pinnacle of human achievements in the field of cricket.
Recently, one such incident emerged out from Delhi where a batsman, proved to be a complete freak of nature for his opposition, and registered a double ton in just 20 overs.
Meet Subodh Bhati, the New Record Holder
Subodh Bhati, a 30-year-old, Delhi based cricketer was playing a club-level game against Simba. The Delhi XI player created history in the ongoing T20 club tournament happening in the national capital. In his game against the opposition team, Bhati opened up with the same intensity that he would later on have while he crossed the double century score. His century came in mere 17 deliveries.
The Double-Century Game: As it Happened
A century coming in mere 17 balls may sound like something coming from a video game, but the 30-year-old batsman turned the fiction into reality. He continued his assault on the bowlers and soon, posted a double ton in just 79 deliveries. The Delhi XI player hit 17 belligerent boundaries in his inning and hit equal number of maximums to reach the score.
To put this into perspective, while a strike rate of more than 150 is considered impressive, and maintaining a strike rate above 120 runs after the first 20 balls is an achievement, Bhati was consistently playing at a strike rate of over 250.
This stormy knock by Bhati made sure that the Delhi XI posed an unbelievable total of 256/1 in its fair share of 20 overs. Hilariously enough, it was Bhati who accounted to almost 80% of the total runs while other two batsmen contributed just 31 runs off the total.
More About Subodh Bhati
Subodh Bhati has represented his state in 8 FC, 24 List-A and 39 T20 where he has scored 147, 132 and 120 runs respectively. Further, he has also scalped 37 & 47 wickets in the aforementioned representations.