T20 blast: Sean Abbott tops Rohit Sharma’s feat, hits joint fourth-fastest ton in T20 cricket

T20 blast: Sean Abbott tops Rohit Sharma’s feat, hits joint fourth-fastest ton in T20 cricket
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T20 Burst: On Friday, Australia’s Sean Abbott delivered a thunderous blow in England’s T20 Blast. The Australian all-rounder scored 110 runs off 41 balls in Surrey’s second match against Kent and helped his side to victory by 41 runs. Abbott created a record in T20 Cricket and also surpassed Indian star Rohit Sharma.

Abbott struck the fastest joint hundred in England T20 Cricket and fourth fastest joint overall when he struck a tonne off 34 balls. He is now level with Australian great Andrew Symonds in the list of the hundred fastest in England T20 Cricket.

Abbott has also passed Indian captain Rohit Sharma on the list of fastest tonne in the shortest cricket format ever. Sharma hit a hundred in the over 20 from 35 ball format in India’s match against Sri Lanka in 2017. Notably, the fastest hundred in T20 belongs to Chris Gayle, who smashed a ton in 30 balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2013. India’s Rishabh Pant is in second place as he took 32 balls to reach the triple figure mark in Delhi’s game against Himachal Pradesh in 2018. Wihan Lubbe scored 33 balls in Africa Cup T20 in 2018 for North West against Limpopo.

Speaking of Abbott’s ton, the versatile Aussie came on to bat when Surrey were in trouble at 66/4. He made 11 sixes and four fours and ran to 110 for 41 balls. He made 28 of 17 balls and then it was all in gear. Abbott racked up 30 runs in the 17th of the innings while smoking three sixes and three fours. He reached the milestone with a six in 19.

Interestingly, prior to this entry, Abbott had not scored even fifty in his T20 cricket. He played 76 T20 innings before this and had the highest score of 41. On being compared to Symonds, Abbott said, “I don’t think people should think of me and ‘Roy’ at the same time.”

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