In an on going 3rd test between India and Sri Lanka at Pallekelle, Indian all-rounder who bats right-handed, Hardik Pandya has smashed a breathtaking ton.
Former explosive batsman Virender Sehwag who is famous for his witty comments on micro blogging site Twitter immediately took on Twitter and praised 23-years-old player in his own way.
“Wow ! What an incredible century by @hardikpandya7. Well done mere KungFu Pandya. Mazaa aa gaya,” wrote Sehwag.
Here are the other Tweets hailing young player:
What an unbelievable innings by Hardik Pandya.Counter attack at its best.Scored his first 50 of 61 balls ,the second of 25.Brilliant#INDvSL— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 13, 2017
Hardik Pandya was 50* in 61 balls when the 9th wicket fell at 421/8— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 13, 2017
Then 100 came in 86 balls!#SLvInd
Hardik Pandya can be the most dangerous Test batsman with a #11 as partner.#SLvInd— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 13, 2017
Hardik Pandya becomes the first Indian player to score 100 runs in a session before Lunch in Test cricket. #SLvIND— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) August 13, 2017
Hardik Pandya now 81st batsman to make 483rd Test century for India!#SLvInd— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 13, 2017
This is the 3rd time in last 3 months Hardik Pandya has hit 3 sixes off 3 consecutive balls in International cricket; twice v Pak in CT.— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) August 13, 2017
Hardik Pandya raced to his maiden international century off 86 balls as India reached 487 for nine at lunch on day two of the third Test against Sri Lanka.
At the break, Pandya was unbeaten on 108 (93 balls, 8 fours and 7 sixes) while Umesh Yadav was batting on 3 as they added 66 runs for the last wicket.
With India resuming at 329 for 6, Pandya and Wriddhiman Saha (16) looked to bat for time in a bid to resurrect India's floundering first innings.
Here are some Tweets that erupted in laughter:
Ben Stokes has posters of Hardik Pandya in his room— Aakash (@PUNchayati) August 13, 2017
Name: Hardik Pandya— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) August 13, 2017
Job: Hitting Hat trick Sixes
But they could only add 10 more runs to their overnight partnership as Saha was caught at gully off Vishwa Fernando (2-87) off the 9th ball of the morning.
Kuldeep Yadav (26) batted resolutely though and put on 62 runs with Pandya for the 8th wicket.
In doing so they took India past 400 in the 110th over, something that seemed unlikely at stumps on day one. The former then fell immediately afterwards caught behind off Lakshan Sandakan (4-132).
India became the first team to score 400-plus in three successive Tests of a series on Lankan soil.
Pandya then went into overdrive and put on 20 runs with Mohammed Shami (8), whilst reaching his half-century off 61 balls.
He then put Malinda Pushpakumara (3-82) to the sword in the 116th over, taking 26 runs off him with 3 sixes and 2 fours.
It was the most runs scored by an Indian batsman in an over in Test cricket, beating the previous joint-record of 24 runs held by Sandip Patil and Kapil Dev.
The attack helped put an aggressive 10th wicket stand for India as Umesh Yadav and Pandya put on 50 runs off only 26 balls in the extended morning session.
Pandya then reached the three figure mark, his second half-century coming off only 25 balls. It was also his highest First-Class score.
It was also the second fastest Test hundred overseas by an Indian batsman, second to Virender Sehwag's 78-ball effort against West Indies at Gros Islet in 2006.
On day one, Shikhar Dhawan (119) and KL Rahul (85) put on the highest opening stand of 188 runs on Lankan soil before losing their way towards the end.
India lead the three-match series 2-0 after winning the first Test in Galle by 304 runs and the second Test in Colombo by an innings and 54 runs.
-With PTI inputs.