Estonia’s Sahil Chauhan Calls Rohit Sharma As Inspiration After Scoring Fastest Century In T20 Cricket

Sahil Chauhan, who plays for Estonia, hails from Manakpur Devilal village in Haryana. He shifted to the European country because of his uncle who runs a restaurant business there.

Jun 20, 2024 - 16:30
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Estonia’s Sahil Chauhan Calls Rohit Sharma As Inspiration After Scoring Fastest Century In T20 Cricket

Mumbai: Estonia batter Sahil Chauhan, who broke the record for the fastest century in T20 cricket last week against Cyprus, has named India captain Rohit Sharma as his inspiration. Chauhan, who is also of Indian origin grabbed the headlines, when he reached his three-figure mark in a mere 27 balls in a bilateral series. During his knock of 41-ball 144, the 32-year-old Chauhan clattered 18 sixes and six fours.

With his score, Chauhan surpassed Chris Gayle’s 30-ball ton in the Indian Premier League made in 2013, as well as Namibia’s Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton’s record of fastest T20I century which came off 33 balls against Nepal earlier in the year.
“I’ve been a big Rohit Sharma fan since I watched him play, he’s a brilliant player who doesn’t take any pressure,” Chauhan was quoted as saying by FanCode.

“Regardless of the situation, he always plays his game. I have learned a lot from him. His hook shots are my favourite,” said Chauhan, who hails from Manakpur Devilal village in Haryana. Recalling his journey from a village in Haryana to Estonia and discovering cricket in the European country, Chauhan admitted he was pleasantly surprised to get an opportunity. “My uncle was the reason I moved to Estonia. He has a small restaurant business and that is where I work,” he said.

“I started playing here in 2019. I was really bored so I started searching on Google for cricket in Estonia (and) I found a team’s contact information and called them. I asked, ‘Are you playing cricket?’ They replied, ‘yes, we play cricket’.”
“I said, ‘Are you serious about this?’ and they responded, ‘yes’. That’s how I started playing the game here,” he added.

Chauhan said he has played cricket right from his childhood. “I used to play a lot of cricket in my village back in India. I started right from the age of 6-7, playing gully cricket and never really stopped,” he said.

Chasing 192, Estonia had slipped to 40 for three in the fifth over when Chauhan walked out to bat at No.5 and helped his side wrap up the win with six wickets and seven overs to spare. “I was just thinking about the innings and the target we had to chase. I just played to the merit of the ball, and that’s it. The ball was coming nicely to the bat, and I was just playing my shots,” he recalled about his knock.

Notably, Rohit also holds the highest individual score in ODI cricket, having scored 264 not out against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in 2017. The India opener is also the record for most double hundreds in one-dayers.

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