Rishabh Pant's 128 off 63 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad was the highest score by an Indian batsman in the IPL, going past M Vijay's 127 for Chennai Super Kings in 2010. Considering Pant ravaged the season's best bowling attack, and on a pitch on which other batsmen struggled, many considered it to be the best knock of this season.
Wow! Not just a century, this could be the innings of the IPL so far. #RishabhPant— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 10, 2018
On Tuesday, Pant had been excluded from India's limited-overs squads for their tour to England later this year, and some pointed out that his innings may have been a reminder to India's selectors.
India's Mr. 360 Rishabh Pant manoeuvred, bashed & banged the best bowlers of #IPL11 like hell against best team #SRH . 128 n.o in 63 balls. Probably his anger burst of not being selected by @BCCI 4 #TeamIndia despite being highest scorer this #IPL18. #RishabhPant #Pant #DDvSRH pic.twitter.com/9bSuBJXhaq— Aatiya_ TzH (@shaikh_aatiya) May 10, 2018
What was remarkable about Pant's innings is that he took on Sunrisers' best bowlers, Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and improvised to get boundaries and sixes off them.
Really special innings from Rishabh. Those were not bad balls from Bhuvi in the last over barring the last full toss, but Rishabh Pant is really special and I hope he is nurtured well. #DDvSRH— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 10, 2018
One handed sixes and hitting even good balls out of the park. This was as good an innings you will ever see in a T-20 match against the best bowling line up in the IPL, absolutely clean striking. Take a bow, Rishabh Pant #DDvSRH— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) May 10, 2018
Incredibly special 100 by Rishabh Pant #IPL2018— Ajit Agarkar (@imAagarkar) May 10, 2018
Rishabh Pant has got to be one of the most fearless and powerful young batsmen I have ever come across. First T20 100. Congratulations.— ian bishop (@irbishi) May 10, 2018
What an amazing innings from Rishabh Pant. Incredible talent and skill!— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) May 10, 2018