Last night on Saturday, the 19-year-old Prithvi Shaw smashed a blistering 55-ball 99 which got all fans in awe of him.
It’s always endearing to see a young man with a short build to carry out such a huge task. Not that he didn’t surprise us all in his Test debut for India last year. But the Indian prodigy has now established himself in the marquee T20 league as well.
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) March 30, 2019
Even during the previous matches of the Capitals, the young opener made a good start in the game against CSK when he hit five fours before throwing away the decent inception. In the match against the Kolkata Knight Riders, he was relentless on both pace and spin and did not lose a beat in his innings as the chase proceeded. His first 50 came off 30 balls and quickly amassed the next 49 off 25 balls.
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However, a Kuldeep Yadav-inspired Kolkata Knight Riders forced the home team in Delhi into the Super Over contest, in which Kagiso Rabada reestablished his reputation as the world’s best bowler with a standout bowling performance in defending 10 runs for DC.
Coming back to the 99 scored by Prithvi shaw, that could’ve been his first hundred in the Indian Premier League, and the second that this season has seen. It takes us back in time in the history of the marquee T20 league when two other batsmen – both ace players- scored a 99 each in their time.
Suresh Raina: 99* in 2013
The then ‘Title contenders’ of the 2013 season of the IPL, Chennai Super Kings had put up yet another complete performance as they annihilated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 77 runs to affirm their sovereignty in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday, May 8 in 2013. It was the 54th match of that season in the IPL. Mounting on Suresh Raina’s unbeaten 99 and Mike Hussey’s blistering 67, the Dhoni-led Super Kings side amassed an extensive 223 for three as the total. Sunrisers looked totally out of touch as they lost wickets at regular intervals, managing just 146 for eight from their 20 overs. It was a match where CSK exceeded the home team in all departments of the game with absolute ease. While Raina and Hussey nearly batted the opponents out of the match, the CSK bowlers also didn’t let the guard down as Sunrisers lost their first match at home. The tournament’s highest run-getter Suresh Raina, who now has 5000+ plus runs in his IPL career, became the only player to record scores of 98, 99 and 100 in the IPL history. Needless to say, Raina was the Player of the Match.
Virat Kohli: 99 in 2013
The last Indian player to be dismissed on 99 in T20 cricket was Indian skipper Virat Kohli during RCB’s match against Delhi (then Daredevils, now Capitals) in 2013 at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. While Kohli’s innings of 99 off 58 had aided RCB to a four-run win, Shaw’s removal played a key role in KKR bouncing back and enforcing a Super Over. Shaw was declared the Player of the Match anyway. Dailing backward, Virat Kohli’s first 47 runs in that match came off 43 balls. When Kohli was run out while attempting the second off the last ball of the innings, he had reached 99 off 58, and Royal Challengers had finished on 183. However, Jaydev Unadkat’s five-wicket haul that crushed the Delhi Daredevils had earned him the Player of the Match award. In all three cases, the players with a score of 99 saw their team winning the game.