Nervous 90s: Batsmen with IPL 99s
Batsmen keep scoring comfortably from zero to 89, but as soon as they reach the nineties, the butterflies in the stomach are evident.
Only when you reach 100, it goes in the record books as a century – 99 is not enough. Hence, the desperation of batsmen to reach triple figures is understandable. Here’s a look at three occasions when batsmen fell just one run short of the milestone in the IPL:
Virat Kohli vs DD, Delhi 2013
Virat Kohli has five centuries in the IPL, but there are a couple that slipped away. One such performance came in the 57th match of the Indian Premier League 2013 against Delhi.
Batting first, Cheteshwar Pujara and Chris Gayle opened the batting for RCB, but both were back in the hut within the powerplay. Virat Kohli then joined hands, first with Aussie all-rounder Moises Henriques and then with AB de Villiers to amp up the scoring rate.
Kohli was going at a strike rate of over 170 in the 90s with 10 fours and 4 sixes. In a bid to complete his century quickly, Kohli tried to push in the running between the wickets and was run-out.
Getting out on 99 is disappointing, but there is nothing more disappointing in cricket than being run-out on 99!
Prithvi Shaw vs KKR, Delhi 2019
Delhi were chasing a 186-run target in the 10th match of the Indian Premier League 2019 against Kolkata Knight Riders. Prithvi Shaw came out to open the batting for the team alongside Shikhar Dhawan.
Shaw struck 99 off 55 deliveries with 12 fours and 3 sixes at a strike rate of 180 but was caught by wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik off Lockie Ferguson on the third ball of the penultimate over.
Ishan Kishan vs RCB, Dubai 2020
In a recent fixture, it was Ishan Kishan who fell tantalisingly short of an IPL century. Chasing 202, Mumbai Indians were down in the dumps at 78/4 with Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Quinton de Kock and Hardik Pandya back in the hut.
Kishan tried his best with a 58-ball 99 but was caught in the deep in an attempt to bring up his century and the team’s victory. What made it even more dramatic was that Kishan was dismissed on the second last delivery of the match, with Mumbai inches away from a win.