Scoring a century in any of the format of the game is not an easy task as there are a lot of challenges in all the three formats of the game but in T20’s there is an additional limitation which a batsman hardly face in Tests and ODI’s. In T20I we all know that only 120 balls are bowled per innings and a batsman is not sure how many balls he will get to play. Still, if a batsman is able to score a century then it shows he has the capability to hit the ball hard as in T20 a batsman has to keep the accelerator pressed for a long time.
In past few years, many batsmen have scored centuries in T20I. There are few batsmen who have scored centuries in all three formats which is a big achievement.
Today we have a look at those batsmen who have recently scored centuries in all formats of the game –
KL Rahul – Currently e is probably the best batsman in the Indian batting line-up. He has taken giant strides in past one and a half years and has replaced permanent members of the team to get a spot in the team. He showed his colours in the second Test match only when he scored a century in the tough condition in Australia. He was brilliant in ODI’s as he scored a century on his debut that too with a six. He continued his good form in T20’s as well as he scored a century in T20I against West Indies at Florida. With that century he became only third batsman to score centuries in all format of the game. The newbie of Indian team is really here to stay for a long time to come.
Shane Watson – known as the best player in dead rubbers, Shane Watson had to wait 10 long years to score centuries in all formats of the game. He had scored 4 centuries in Test matches and 9 centuries in ODI’s but a T20 century was something missing from his bag. He broke the wait and smashed a century in a clash against India. He smashed 124* against Indian bowling line up becoming only first Australian to score a century in all three formats of the game. His century couldn’t save his team from a loss as Suresh Raina denied Australia a win by scoring a boundary off the last ball of the game. Indian team whitewashed the Aussies in the T20 series by a margin of 3-0.
Tamim Iqbal – It took him 9 years to become first and only Bangladesh players to score a century in all three formats. The century was of much importance as it came at the biggest stage i.e. World cup. Playing in HPCA stadium against Oman, Tamim Iqbal scored 103 runs off just 63 balls. He batted with a strike rate of 163.49 scoring 10 fours and 5 centuries. Till now he has scored 7 centuries in Test matches and 6 centuries in ODI’s but this century is something special that he ca cherish for a long time to come.
Rohit Sharma – South African team toured India in 2015 for a period of 72 days starting with a T20I at Dharamsala. Rohit started off the tour in style scoring a century in the first game of the series itself scoring 106 runs off just 66 balls which included 12 fours and 5 sixes. With that century he became only second Indian batsman to score centuries in all three formats of the game, Suresh Raina was the first one. There is one similarity between him and Raina as both of them also scored a century on their Test debut.
Faf du Plessis- Faf du Plessis didn’t just score a century, he also narrowly missed record of fastest century in T20 by just one ball. Had he scored his century one ball earlier, he would have equalled record of his teammate Richard Levi who bashed century in just 45 balls. Du Plessis took 46 balls to reach a century and in the end finished his innings with a score of 119 of just 56 balls. His knock came in a losing cause as West Indies team chased down the target of 232 runs with 4 balls still to go.