Indian cricketer Ruturaj Gaikwad etched his name into the record books after he became the first Indian to score a century against Australia in Twenty20 Internationals. The right-handed batter accomplished the feat in the third T20I at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati.
The Maharashtra-born took some time to get hunkered himself at the crease and once he assessed the conditions, he channelled the aggression by scoring runs at a rate of knots, constantly mounting pressure on the Australian bowlers. The Men in Yellow literally ran short of ideas to ruffle his feathers.
It was Ruturaj Gaikwad’s maiden century in T20Is and the 26-year-old couldn’t be any happier upon his scintillating knock. He scored an unbeaten 123 off just 57 balls, in which he hammered a flurry of 13 fours and 7 maximums, at a strike rate of 215.79.
Team India posted a humongous total of 222 for the loss of three wickets in their quota of 20 overs. Ruturaj Gaikwad received a roaring reception from the crowd after his masterful knock. Gaikwad did announce his arrival in T20Is with his 52-ball century, in what was the icing on the cake.
Ruturaj Gaikwad was dismissed for a diamond duck in the T20I opener but he made a rock-solid statement in the next two games, scoring a fifty and century respectively. Currently, he is the leading run-scorer in the ongoing five-match T20I series with 181 runs at an average of 90.50.