CONTROVERSY : Unofficial claims on the fastest First-Class ton by Rishabh Pant

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Indian youngster Rishabh Pant rode himself into success with his 48-ball hundred for Delhi against Jharkhand at Trivandrum. This is the fastest century ever made in First-Class cricket by an Indian.

However, former Himachal Pradesh player Shakti Singh insists that the record for the quickest ever ton in first-class cricket belongs to him recalling his 42-ball century against Haryana at the Kangda Police Stadium back in 1990.

The 19-year-old from Haridwar has been in terrific form in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season with his triple century against Maharashtra in October showing the lad’s immense potential.

But, the former Ranji Trophy cricketer from the northern part of India claims that he holds the record for the fastest ever first-class century citing his innings against a Haryana side that featured Chetan Sharma amongst their ranks. No official record exists in reference to the number of balls used to achieve the three-figure mark, but Singh said that the time taken for the same has been officially registered.

“The unofficial stat is I got to my century in 42 balls. That was the time when there were no official scorers and scoring was done by the team members. I remember going in at number eight and started to hit my shots and it was only when I neared by fifty that they (team members) started to count. I got to my fifty in 18 balls with two fours and seven sixes. I went on to hit three more fours and five more sixes and hardly blocked four or five deliveries. But the number of balls was not recorded. However, my official time registered to get to the 100 was 59 minutes,” Singh told The Times of India in an exclusive interview, following the feat by Rishabh Pant.

The 48 year old turned into a playback singer after retiring from cricket. And while Pant’s official record will remain unquestionable, Singh’s unofficial one will attract many ears.

 

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