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Padikkal to Marsh: Indian T20 League Centuries by Uncapped Players

There have been only four occasions when an uncapped player has gone on and scored a century in the 14 years of the Indian T20 League, with Devdutt Padikkal being the most recent one. Over the years we have seen how certain players, who are unknown in the eyes of a regular cricket fan, suddenly became household names due to an innings or a spell.

Here we relive those four remarkable innings when an uncapped player achieved a inspirational ton to pave his journey towards stardom.

DEVDUTT PADIKKAL (Team Bangalore)

The winner of the ‘Emerging Player Award’ from the 2020 season, Devdutt Padikkal had a troubled start to the 2021 season as he was diagnosed with Covid-19 just before the start of the season. He missed the first game of the match as he was still recovering and slowly got himself in a subsequent couple of matches. 

It was set up beautifully for a player of Padikkal’s class at the Wankhede against Team Rajasthan. The wicket was a belter to bat on and none of the Rajasthan bowlers posed any threat to the southpaw. Without even breaking a sweat he smashed a 52-ball 101* and helped his team to a 10-wicket win. By doing so, he became the first centurion of the 2021 season and in his words, this is the first of many. 

PAUL VALTHATY (Team Punjab)

Paul Valthaty was the talk of the town back in 2011. He was the Player of the Season of 2011 and his 120* against MS Dhoni’s Team Chennai was one of the standout knocks of the season. His 52-ball century was the eighth fastest at that time and he became the third Punjab batter to score a century for the franchise. 

MANISH PANDEY (Team Bangalore)

It seems like Manish Pandey has been around forever now as he was the first-ever Indian centurion of the Indian T20 League when he scored an excellent one against Team Deccan in 2009. 

The 19-year old boy from Karnataka scored a 67-ball century at the Centurion to write his name in the history books of the tournament. Nobody could have imagined that Manish Pandey would be the first-ever Indian centurion but this sport gives us plenty of pleasant surprises. 

SHAUN MARSH (Team Punjab)

Back in 2008, Shaun Marsh wasn’t a top overseas pick coming into the tournament for Team Punjab but the elegant left-handed batter had the time of his life in the inaugural season. Marsh played only 11 matches in the season but that was enough to win the Orange Cap award. His 616 runs in the season included a brilliant century against Team Rajasthan. 

Opening the innings, Shaun helped Punjab reach a massive total of 221/3 due to his brilliant 115 runs off 69 deliveries. His superb season gave him a chance to don the famous Baggy Green as well. 


Read: Virat Kohli: First Man to 6000 Indian T20 League Runs

 

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