Indian-origin Estonian cricketer scripts history

Sahil Chauhan of Estonia smashed quickest T20I century off 27 balls.

Cricket is an amazing game that produces instant heroes. While Nicholas Pooran of West Indies was on a record-shattering spree against Afghanistan in the last group game of the T20 World Cup, elsewhere in Cyprus, Sahil Chauhan of little-known Estonia scripted history, smashing the quickest T20 century in 27 balls.

Neither Cyprus nor Estonia are entities big enough to qualify for the T20 World Cup, a 6-match series played between the two teams at Episkopi produced some amazing records. The three-day six-game series featuring several players of Indian origin, including Sahil Chauhan for Estonia and Taranjit Singh for Cyprus, had the game statisticians busy. It may be a mere coincidence that  Sahil Chauhan’s unprecedented 27-ball century coincided with Nicholas Pooran’s explosive innings of 98.

Sahil Chauhan also created a record of hitting 18 hits to the maximum in his unbeaten innings of 144  made from 44 balls. His fastest century also broke Jan-Nicol Loftie Eton’s mark of the fastest T20I hundred from 33 balls. It was also the fastest century in all T20s, thus eclipsing Chris Gayle’s 30-ball innings in IPL in 2013.

In the first match of the series, Sahil went cheaply. In the second, Estonia had a dismal start while chasing a huge target of 191 for seven. Unperturbed by the early dismissals of openers, Sahil started on an aggressive note and took command of the game with his lusty hits to the maximum, smashing a record 18 sixes, to achieve a record strike rate of 351.21 and help his team win the game.









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