Infographic: KL Rahul and 5 other batsmen who scored 100s on a losing cause in a T20I

A century is always exceptional and demands consistency with a less erratic approach. In a format of uncertainties like Twenty20, a batsman hardly gets enough deliveries to score runs as big as a ton. Yet, there are few, who came out all guns blazing to achieve such milestone and inscribe their name in the history of T20 cricket. Interestingly, six batsmen who have plundered centuries in a T20I have ended up being on the losing side. The fact is mind-boggling but stands true till date with the latest one joining the club being Indian batsman, KL Rahul. Suraj Choudhari pens down all six names who didn’t achieve the deserved glory despite all the hard work and dedication. ALSO READ: KL Rahul becomes 3rd Indian to score T20I hundred: Twitter explodes

KL Rahul: The elegant right-handed batsman brought up his maiden T20I ton in the first game of the two-match series against West Indies in Florida. He played an innings of controlled aggression and calculated risks. Rahul remained unconquered for 110 off 51 deliveries, while chasing a mammoth target of 245. His scintillating saw 12 boundaries and five sixes. India lost the game by a whisker as Rahul became the sixth batsman to have scored a ton in T20I.

Shane Watson: Watson was unstoppable in the third T20I against India in January 2016 at Sydney. He opened the batting and scored runs on a wicket on which his teammates struggled to get on. He remained unbeaten on 124 from 71 deliveries with 10 fours and six maximums. His innings was a combination of brute force and finesse. Australia posted 197 but India won the nerve-wracking encounter in a dramatic last over with seven wickets in hand. ALSO READ: Twitterati troll Stuart Binny after he leaks 5 sixes in an over to centurion Evin Lewis

Faf du Plessis: Faf du Plessis scripted history in the second game of the T20I series against West Indies in January 2015 at Johannesburg. While batting first, Du Plessis smacked 119 runs from 56 deliveries where the ball hit the boundary rope 11 times and sailed over it on five occasions. A target of 232 runs was hunted down by the West Indies with four wickets to spare.

Chris Gayle: Gayle’s prowess with the bat is well-known and he also became the first batsman to have achieved the landmark. Gayle smashed the ton in a world T20 game against South Africa in 2007 at Johannesburg. Gayle scored 117 off 57 deliveries, an innings, which contained seven boundaries and ten massive sixes. West Indies posted a total of 205 but South Africa won the game by eight wickets and 14 balls to spare.

Rohit SharmaRohit was a sensation to watch in the first T20I at Dharamsala in October 2015. Rohit played with unmatched confidence and had 106 runs to his name with 12 boundaries and five maximums. India posted a massive total of 199 runs but lost the game as South Africa won it convincingly with seven wickets to unused.

 Babar Hayat: Hayat of Hong Kong is one of the rare batsmen from associate nations to have a glorious record to his name. While chasing a target of 181, Hayat left no stone unturned in counterattacking Oman in the second qualifying match of Asia Cup in 2016 at Fatullah. With nine boundaries and seven sixes, Hayat scored 122 innings but couldn’t help his side to  successfully chase down the target as they fell short of five runs.

Designed by Jyoti Desale | Compiled by Abhishek Kumar
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(Suraj Choudharian avid cricket follower who plays the sport at club level, is a staffer with CricLife)