Nepal skipper Paras Khadka scripted history as he became the first captain to score a century in a T20 game while chasing as Nepal beat Singapore comfortably in the Singapore T20 tri-series on Saturday. With this rare feat, Paras Khadka surpassed the likes of Virat Kohli and Steve Smith who have not managed to break the record yet. Chasing a target of 152 runs, Nepal lost just their opener before their skipper played a magnificent knock of 106 runs, taking Nepal to a crusing nine-wicket victory over Singapore. The victory marked Nepal's first win in the tri-series just two days after they lost their opening match against Zimbabwe.
The Nepal skipper is widely regarded as the best batsman of the country and has gone to break many records and create many firsts for the cricketers of the associate country. Paras Khadka's fiery knock of 106 runs came off 52 balls with seven fours and nine sixes. Another new record that was etched was that Nepal’s chase also became the lowest T20I score in which a batsman has scored a century. The previous best by a captain while chasing belonged to Netherlands Pieter Seelaar who scored an unbeaten 96 against Scotland barely 12 days ago. Australia’s Steve Smith (90 vs England) is fourth on the list followed by West Indian talisman Chris Gayle (88 vs Australia). Previously, Glenn Maxwell held the record with his unbeaten knock of 103 runs as Australia chased 161 runs against England in 2018. Paras Khadka also became the first T20 centurion for Nepal, adding another feather to his already studded cap. The skipper was given support from Aarif Sheikh, who made 38 runs of 39 balls. The duo went on to record the fifth-highest partnership for the second wicket with a 145-run stand.
Nepal win by nine wickets.— ICC (@ICC) September 28, 2019
Captain Paras Khadka finishes on 106* off 52 balls! pic.twitter.com/6SymdyfRPI
On 24th October 2018, Kohli became the fastest cricketer to score 10,000 runs in ODI format. Kohli reached the milestone in 205 innings, bettering Sachin Tendulkar's 259 innings. The Indian skipper just took 10 years and 68 days to score 10000 ODI runs, breaking Rahul Dravid's record of 10 years, 317 days. Moreover, Kohli took only 10,813 balls to score 10000 ODI runs. Kohli also became the first player to hit 100s in three consecutive innings against two opponents (West Indies and Sri Lanka). The Delhi-born batsman bagged 4,000 runs in Test cricket in just 65 innings, which is the fastest ever for a captain. He surpassed Brian Lara's record of 71 innings. On 20th August 2018, Kohli scored his tenth Test double century, Australia's Ricky Pointing and West Indies' Brian Lara are next with seven such performances each