Mohit Ahlawat becomes first player to score 300 in Twenty20 match
Last Updated: 08/02/17 1:38pm
A 21-year-old Indian has become the first person to score 300 in a Twenty20 match - earning him a trial with the Delhi Daredevils.
Mohit Ahlawat, from Delhi, took just 72 balls to score his triple century, smashing 39 sixes in his extraordinary innings which has hit the headlines all over India.
The Daredevils, who launch their Indian Premier League campaign next month, have immediately offered him a trial.
Ahlawat, who hails from a family of farmers, hammered the hapless bowlers from a team called Friends XI to all corners of the ground in east Delhi on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old was playing for the Maavi XI, a semi-professional team which had invited him to join them for a league match at the last moment.
"They invited me to play and I simply went. It's good that something like that has happened," Ahlawat told The Times of India.
"When I reached 150, I told myself 250 was there for the taking. So I told my partner at the other end that I was going to take most of the strike."
His last 50 runs came off the final two overs, leaving him unbeaten on exactly 300 as his team finished on 416-2. Friends XI only managed 200 in reply.
Sanjay Bhardwaj, Ahlawat's coach at the LB Shastri Cricket Academy in Delhi, said he was not surprised by his protege's heroics.
"This doesn't surprise me. He is an aggressive batsman who hits it long but also has a clear sense of the game," said Bhardwaj, who has coached the likes of India opener Gautam Gambhir.
"You won't be able to reach him on the phone today as the Daredevils called him for a trial after they heard of his knock," Bhardwaj said.
The highest score recorded in a first-class T20 was the West Indian batsman Chris Gayle's 175 while playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2013 IPL.