Riyan Parag scores 2nd fastest Century in Ranji Trophy Match, Fastest Century in Ranji Trophy
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Fastest Century in Ranji Trophy: On Monday, Assam captain and Rajasthan Royals (RR) batter Riyan Parag registered his name in history books by becoming the 2nd fastest batter to score a century in a Ranji Trophy fixture. The batter took on Chattisgarh and tormented them to etch his name in the records for scoring one of the quickest tons in the elite domestic tournament.

Riyan Parag achieved this feat during Day 4 of Assam’s Group B fixture against Chattisgarh in the Ranji Trophy tournament. The right-handed batter slammed a 56-ball century before adding another 55 runs for his side.

The batter clubbed 12 sixes and 11 fours during his 155 runs valiant knock in 87 deliveries against Chattisgarh. Despite such a lion-hearted effort, Assam ended the game on a losing cause by 10 wickets.

Now Riyan Parag’s 56-ball century is only second to Rishabh Pant’s 48-ball ton in the Ranji Trophy back in 2016. The other players in the elite list are Naman Ojha, who scored 100 runs in 69 deliveries, followed by Eklavya Dwivedi and Rishabh Pant again in 72 and 82 deliveries respectively.

It’s noteworthy that the Assam skipper’s knock was exceptional as it came in a difficult situation. Assam was bowled out 159 runs in the second innings by Chattisgarh after putting up a score of 327 in the first innings. A follow-on was enforced on Assam and the team again got reduced to 78/2 when Parag walked out to bat.

With wickets continuously tumbling at one end, Riyan Parag’s innings ensured that the team didn’t lose with an innings. The Assam skipper’s 155 runs knock aided Assam to put some runs on board after overcoming the target posted by Chattisgarh.

Although, eventually, Assam lost the fixture by 10 wickets as Chattisgarh hunted down the 87 runs total in just 20 overs, Parag’s knock will go down in history as one of the finest in extraordinary situations.

Fastest Century in Ranji Trophy Tournament

Riyan Parag scores 2nd fastest Century in Ranji Trophy Match, Fastest Century in Ranji Trophy
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Talking about the fastest centuries in the Ranji Trophy over the years, wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant’s name stands out. The Indian batter scored a century in just 48 deliveries for Delhi against Jharkhand in the 2015-16 season.

Riyan Parag now comes second with his 56-ball ton followed by Naman Ojha with 69 ball century against Karnataka in the 2014-15 season. Uttar Pradesh batter Eklavya Dwivedi’s name comes fourth as he scored a century in 82 deliveries against Railways in the 2014-15 season.

Below are the details of the players with the fastest century in Ranji Trophy tournament:

NoPlayerSeasonBalls to centuryTeamAgainstVenue
01Rishabh Pant2015-1648DelhiJharkhandTrivandrum
02Riyan Parag2023-2456AssamChhatisgarhRaipur
03Naman Ojha2014-1569Madhya PradeshKarnatakaIndore
04Eklavya Dwivedi2014-1572Uttar PradeshRailwaysNew Delhi
05Rishabh Pant2015-1682DelhiJharkhandTrivandrum
*As of 8 January 2024.

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