Khushdil Shah, the Pakistan batsman, registered his name in the record books while playing for Southern Punjab in the National T20 Cup by smashing the fastest T20 century by a Pakistani batsman off just 35 balls. He brought up his ton in just 35 balls against Sindh who were beaten by two wickets. It is the fifth fastest T20 century in the world.
He smashed as many as nine sixes and eight fours. Also, the ton came at a time when his side was reeling at 43-4 in first seven overs. But Khushdil Shah and Hussain Talat joined hands for a blistering 127-run partnership to swing the momentum away from Sindh.
Khushdil Shah Scores Fastest Ton Off Only 35 Balls Which Is Fastest By A Pakistani
He managed to surpass the record of another Pakistan batsman Ahmad Shahzad, who previously held the record, with a 40-ball ton. In the world, he is behind only the likes of Chris Gayle (30), Rishabh Pant (32), Wihan Lubbe (33) and Andrew Symonds (34).
In T20 International cricket, the record is held by South Africa’s David Miller and India’s Rohit Sharma, who both got their tons in 35 balls as well.
The 25-year-old Khushdil Shah has played only one T20I for Pakistan where he scored eight runs. He is a left-hander. His List A average is 47.06 where he has eight hundred.
Mudassir Gujjar Of 7’6″ May Be World’s Tallest Cricketer
Meanwhile, a giant tall man, who is 7ft 6ins, is aiming to become the world’s tallest cricketer. Mudassir Gujjar, 21, has reportedly been picked up by Pakistan Super League team Lahore Qalandars and hopes to play for Pakistan one day.
According to dailymail.com.uk, Mudassir Gujjar was born to parents of average height as his father Hashim Mohammad is 5ft 6ins and mother Parveen is 5ft 3ins. He was already over seven-foot-tall, which concerned his parents and siblings but was confirmed by doctors that he has hormonal issues and confirmed he would be above 7 feet tall. By the time he reached high school, he was above 7 feet.
“I was the tallest child in the school and in the neighbourhood,’ he said. ‘I was already six-foot-tall when I was ten and by the time I was in high school, I was above seven-feet-tall.
‘My parents were worried as I kept growing. They were not able to understand why I was growing taller than my siblings and if it will later cause any troubles for me.”
Later the doctors confirmed that he has hormonal issues that was causing a spurt in growth. ‘The doctors said I have a hormonal condition but they couldn’t tell if I will grow more than 7 feet tall! The last time I checked my height was a year and half ago and I was 7’6 since then. I have not grown [taller] since.”
“I do not get the right size of shoes! I have to get them customized and for the clothes, I have to buy fabric and then get them stitched,’ he said.
But then he is only looking at the positives. ‘My height is a blessing as I can run faster and be the fastest bowler,” he said.
It isn’t the first time that a cricketer who is over 7 feet tall is getting attention in Pakistan cricket. Earlier, Mohammad Irfan (7ft. 1 inch) tall had also gotten plenty of attention as he made his ODI debut for Pakistan back in 2010. He was intimidated for his height but was in and out of Pakistan team.