Slowest IPL century by Indian Batsmen, Rohit Sharma Joins Virat Kohli on the List!

Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey jointly hold the record of achieving the slowest century in IPL. Recently, Rohit Sharma joined this list by scoring his 2nd century in the Indian Premier League after 12 years, achieving the milestone in 61 balls.

As a cricket fan, you need to know that not all batters can score centuries instantly. While some cricketers achieved the fastest century, few others took their time to reach a crucial milestone.

It would be interesting to find out how the Hitman scored one of the slowest IPL centuries and where he ranks in the list compared to King Kohli.

List of top 10 slowest IPL century by Indian batters

You can find these Indian cricketers in the list of batters who have scored the slowest century in the history of IPL:

  1. Manish Pandey (RCB): 67 balls vs Deccan Chargers (DC), IPL 2009  at SuperSport Park, Centurion.
  1. Virat Kohli (RCB): 67 balls vs Rajasthan Royals (RR), IPL 2024 at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.
  1. Sachin Tendulkar (MI): 66 balls vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala (KTK), IPL 2011 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
  1. Virat Kohli (RCB): 63 balls vs Gujarat Lions (GL), IPL 2016 at  M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
  1. KL Rahul (KXIP): 63 balls vs Mumbai Indians (MI), IPL 2019 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
  1. Virat Kohli (RCB): 62 balls vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), IPL 2023 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad.
  1. Ambati Rayudu (CSK): 62 balls vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), IPL 2018 at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.
  1. KL Rahul (KXIP): 62 balls vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), IPL 2020 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.
  1. Prabhsimran Singh (KXIP): 61 balls vs Delhi Capitals (DC), IPL 2023 at MYSI Cricket Stadium, Mullanpur.
  1. Rohit Sharma (MI): 61 balls vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK), IPL 2024 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

How did Rohit Sharma join the list of Indian Batters with the slowest IPL century?

Rohit Sharma took 61 balls to reach his 2nd IPL hundred by smashing a four in the 3rd ball of the final over bowled by Matheesha Pathirana and ranks at the 10th position in the list of batters with the slowest IPL century.

In the 29th match of the IPL 2024 between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians on 14th April 2024, Rohit Sharma reached his half-century in just 30 balls while chasing a target of 207 runs. Despite, the lack of support from other batters, Rohit Sharma scored an additional 50 runs in the next 31 balls to reach another milestone in his career.

Despite Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten knock of 105 runs from 63 balls, which included 11 fours and 5 sixes, MI still lost the chase by scoring 186-6 in 20 overs.

At one stage, Rohit’s score was 73 runs from 42 balls and in the next 17 balls, he scored just 17 runs by playing 5 dot balls and reached 90 runs from 59 balls. Later he struck a six and four consecutively to score a century. This is because the CSK bowlers ensured to keep Rohit Sharma away from the strike and take wickets of these top batters at regular intervals such as:

  • Tilak Varma (31 runs from 20 balls): Dismissed by Matheesha Pathirana at 130-3 in 13.5 overs.
  • Hardik Pandya (2 runs from 6 balls): Dismissed by Tushar Deshpande at 134-4 in 15.3 overs.
  • Tim David (13 runs from 5 balls): Dismissed by Mustafizur Rahman at 148-5 in 16.3 overs.
  • Romario Shepherd ( 1 run from 2 balls): Dismissed by Matheesha Pathirana at 157-6 in 17.3 overs.

Compared to Rohit Sharma’s score, the other MI batters scored just 74 runs from 57 balls along with 7 extras.

Conclusion:

The Indian Premier League is a prestigious tournament where batsmen from several nations have proved their talents. Starting from the inaugural edition in 2008, the rich-cash league captivated the interest of every cricket fan.

One of the interesting visuals audiences are eager to watch in the IPL matches is their favourite batsman achieving centuries faster by taking just a few balls. However, there might be some tricky situations where batters need to anchor the innings and ensure their team reaches a respectable total.

From the above list, you might have observed Virat Kohli is the only Indian batter to score the most number of slowest IPL tons ( in 2016, 2023 and 2024) which shows the lack of support from other batsmen in his team.

Finally, a slower century points out a cautious approach of any batsman in the shortest format of the game that specifies a crucial value to stabilize their team’s innings. It proves that even power hitters like Rohit Sharma can sometimes tend to slow down due to inconsistent performance from other batters in his team.

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