Mohit Ahlawat from Delhi has created history on Tuesday by becoming the first batsman to score a triple hundred in a Twenty20 match. The feat has never been achieved at any level in the shortest format of the game ever by anyone.
There was already a huge buzz amongst the North Zone selectors who went to pick the squad for the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 at the Ferozeshah Kotla over this hip Delhi cricketer.
The 21-year-old wicketkeeper batsman, playing for Maavi XI, scored the record 300 not out in a local T20 tournament - Friends Premier League, at Delhi's Lalita Park against Friend's XI.
Mohit's unbeaten knock came off just 72 balls, which included 39 sixes and 14 fours. Mohit's teammate Gaurav contributed 86 off 39 balls as Maavi XI 416/2 in 20 Overs (Ahlawat 300 not out) beat Friends XI 200 all out in 13 overs.
Ahlawat made his Ranji Trophy debut in November 2015 but failed to score in his last three first-class knocks. But his record-breaking knock on Tuesday shut all critics up.
He seemed pretty overwhelmed after the match saying it was luck and more! "Bhaiya, bas khelne bulaya thha, toh main chala gaya (They invited me to play and I simply went). It's good that something like that has happened," Ahlawat said.
Displaying leadership and class “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," he told TOI.
The debacle in Ranji did not hold him down. "The failures have toughened me up," he said.
Ahlawat started his cricket only four years ago when his father sent him from Panipat to LB Shastri Club in Delhi under the guidance of Sanjay Bhardwaj, who has coached Gautam Gambhir and Unmukt Chand. He had not played any age-group cricket before making the Ranji squad.
"Mine is a family of farmers. I wasn't really doing anything sitting at home. My family's livelihood is taken care of but my necessities are looked after by Sanjay sir. I hope to get a job after I finish my graduation," Ahlawat said of his plans.
For now, he would like to impress the Daredevils management before he goes up for the IPL auction.
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