Two players from South Africa to have scored 130-plus scores in the history of IPL
Scoring centuries in T20s is not everyone’s cup of tea and then when you go onto add further to that glistening list, it simply gets better and better and you are being lifted as a hero on the shoulders of all your team’s fans. Similarly, when it comes to the IPL, very few have crossed the hallowed 130 mark which still feels like a dream for any batter.
Talking about T20s, if there was one nation that was particularly active in terms of enhancing the shortest format of the game were the Proteas. South Africa has always been an active contributor to the shortest format of the game and the names to have hailed in the colour of the Springboks have taken the game by the scruff of its neck and leave it rattled inside out. Here are two South African batters who went onto smash 130 plus scores in the IPL.
Quinton de Kock – 140*
It was in the preceding year itself that this record was made and it came from the bat of the South African opener, Quinton de Kock who fired on all cylinders to take the Kolkata Knight Riders by surprise. In what was a run-fest, the Super Giants piled up the highest opening partnership as KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock surpassed all other records of the IPL to post 210 on the cards. De Kock hammered a full-blown 140 from just 70 balls where he smashed 10 fours and 10 sixes to lead the charge.
AB de Villiers – 133*
The South African icon, the man who was deemed as an alien for his superhuman exploits, the man who changed all the barriers of the game with his insane 360 degree striking, and most importantly the man who rewrote records at will, Abraham Benjamin de Villiers was the second South African to have smashed 133 from just 59 balls where he smashed 19 fours and 4 sixes in a single game to defy the invasion of the Mumbai Indians who seemed to be in solid touch but couldn’t come close to the Challengers.