Delhi Capitals (DC) opener Shikhar Dhawan made history yesterday when he became the first player in Indian Premier League history to score two centuries in a row. The left-handed batsman followed up his match-winning 101 off 58 balls against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) with another blistering knock against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Dhawan scored 106 off 61 deliveries against KXIP.
The innings however came in a losing cause as Dhawan did not receive support from the other end. The KXIP bowlers kept chipping away with wickets. In the end, KXIP chased down the target of 165 with an over to spare. Despite the loss, DC will take plenty of positives with the biggest being Dhawan’s record.
Only 5 players have scored multiple 100s in an IPL season with Dhawan being the only one to do in consecutive matches. These are the 5 (in chronological order)
Chris Gayle – 2 hundreds in 2011
The Universe Boss Chris Gayle announced himself to the plethora of Indian fans as one of the greatest players in T20 cricket by taking the IPL by storm in 2011. After turning up for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the first three seasons and not creating much of an impact, he was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2011. Gayle repaid their faith in him by winning the Orange Cap for most runs in the tournament.
In his debut game against his previous team KKR in their home ground, he scored 102 off 55 balls, hitting 10 fours and 7 sixes. He followed it up with another century, 107 off 49 balls in Bangalore against the Kings XI Punjab, which included 10 fours and 9 sixes.
Virat Kohli – 4 hundreds in 2016
The 2016 IPL was the year of RCB captain Virat Kohli. The Indian skipper was in the form of his life decimating bowlers at will. Before 2016, Kohli hadn’t scored a single hundred. But in that year alone, he scored a whopping 4 centuries. Bowlers had no clue on how to stop him. His batting prowess shone above everything else. He finished the season with a huge tally of 973 runs but fell short of taking side to a title by losing the final against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Kohli hit his first century against Gujarat Lions but it came in a losing cause. He then followed it up with centuries against Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions (again), both of which came in a triumphant cause. The pick of the centuries was however, his fourth century which came against Kings XI Punjab in a must-win game that was shortened to 15 overs. Batting first, Kohli took his side to a mammoth total of 211 by scoring a 50-ball hundred. The total proved to be more than enough in the end.
Hashim Amla – 2 hundreds in 2017
South African batsman Hashim Amla is known for his defensive approach to batting and long stints at the crease in Test matches. However, he proved all those who had questioned Kings XI Punjab’s decision of picking him in the auction wrong by scoring not one but two classy hundreds. The sorry story however is that despite his showings with the bat for KXIP, Amla went unsold in future auctions.
The first of Amla’s centuries was against an unsuspecting Mumbai Indian’s attack. Despite his 104 off 60 balls, KXIP lost the encounter. His second century went in vain as well. And the other coincidence was that Amla’s score read the same – 104 off 60 balls. This time it was against Gujarat Lions. Amla’s heroics went in vain again.
Shane Watson – 2 hundreds in 2018
Chennai Super Kings picked up the then 36-year-old Shane Watson in the auction and made him open the innings in all matches. The Australian rewarded CSK for their faith in him by launching two brutal assaults on bowling attacks one of which came in the all-important final of the IPL.
The first of the centuries came against his former side Rajasthan Royals. The burly all-rounder struck 106 off 57 balls in the first innings to set up a huge total and helped his team win the match. The second hundred came in the final against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Chasing 179 to win, Watson didn’t get off the mark till he had faced 10 balls. But once he got off the mark, Watson took off all guns blazing. He struck 117 off the next 47 balls (57 balls in total) to help his side reach the target with ease and win the IPL title.
Shikhar Dhawan – 2 hundreds in 2020*
Delhi Capitals batsman Shikhar Dhawan struggled to come good in his side’s match against Mumbai Indians as he could only muster 69 runs off 52 deliveries. In the next game against Rajasthan Royals, the left-handed struck a whirlwind 57 off 33 balls. It was evident that he was disappointed with his performance against MI. It was clear that Dhawan was looking for a big innings.
And it came in the next match against Chennai Super Kings. Chasing 180 to win, Dhawan struck an unbeaten century to lead his side to victory. In the very next game against Kings XI Punjab, Dhawan was at it again as he was the lone shining spark in a below-par batting display by his side. DC went on to lose the match but Dhawan had created history by becoming the first player in IPL history to score two hundreds in succession.
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