All-rounder Hardik Pandya smashed his maiden Test ton against Sri Lanka on Day 2 of the third Test at Pallekele. The explosive batsman helped India reach 487 in the first innings. In the process, Pandya also became the fastest Indian batter to claim a ton batting at number 8 or lower in terms of balls played.
The Gujarat cricketer was the last Indian wicket to fell. He amassed 108 off 96 deliveries.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to his record-breaking ton.
Hardik Pandya now 81st batsman to make 483rd Test century for India!#SLvInd— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 13, 2017
26 runs by Hardik Pandya in an over – no Indian has hit so many in a single over in Test cricket!#SLvInd— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 13, 2017
Fastest Test Century by Indian:74 Balls: Kapil Dev74 Balls: Azhar78 Balls: Sehwag85 Balls: Dhawan86 Balls: Kapil Dev86 Balls:PANDYA— ICC_power (@ICC_Power) 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
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
Dream Test for Hardik Pandya. A ton and Jadeja’s suspension. #IndvSL— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) August 13, 2017
Haridk Pandya last seven balls6, 1, 4, 4, 6, 6, 6From Test mode to T5 mode— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) August 13, 2017
The repeated wide balls by SL shows the effect of the murderous assault by Hardik Pandya. #IndvsSL— Mrityunjay Rajput (@Mrityunjay3D) August 13, 2017
Hardik Pandya almost better than Bradman— BND 🏏 (@NorwegianDave) August 13, 2017
Umpires not calling for lunch, coz Pandya is eating the bowlers and Sri Lanka have lost their appetite.— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) August 13, 2017
Power packed centuryPower packed celebrationsPower packed reception back in the dressing room Power Pandya!@hardikpandya7 💪🏻 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/j8VzpMv9rC— BCCI (@BCCI) August 13, 2017
Happy to use the word “memorable” for this century from @hardikpandya7. There is class here— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 13, 2017
Feature image: ICC