All-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham produced a once-in-lifetime performance as single-handedly powered Bellary Tuskers to the top of the points table in the ongoing Karnataka Premier League 2019 (KPL). Promoted to bat at No.3, Gowtham gave ample display of his monstrous hitting abilities to the capacity crowd present at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. First, he smashed the fastest hundred in the history of KPL, storming to a ton off 39 balls and finished unbeaten on 134 – the highest individual score in the tournament’s history. He recorded the most number of sixes in a single innings in KPL as he sent the ball over the boundary fence 13 times.
Later, the 30-year-old cricketer returned with another record-breaking show with the ball, taking eight for 15 from his quota of four overs – the best-bowling figures in T20 cricket, eclipsing Colin Ackermann’s seven for 18. Gowtham’s sensational all-round effort helped Tuskers blank Shivamogga Lions by 70 runs to complete a stunning win. Here’s how the Twitter world reacted to the ‘Gowtham Show’ in Bengaluru:
“This was a once-in-a-lifetime match,” Gowtham said at the presentation ceremony. “I don’t think I did (expect the eight-for); nor did anyone else.” Asked if he enjoyed his century or his eight-for more, Gowtham quipped: “I enjoyed my girlfriend smiling.”
These figures are the best bowling figures ever recorded in a T20 match, however, it will not be considered as an official record as state T20 leagues do not have the official T20 status.
This KPL match between Bellary Tuskers and Shimoga Lions will be categorised under “Other T20s”.