Getting a century on an IPL platform is never easy, but achieving such momentum in a tournament like the IPL is even more special. The moment becomes even more special and worthwhile if the captain of the team achieves it.
In the history of the Indian Premier League, Brendan McCullum is the first cricketer to score a century. As per one of his IPL records, he was the first to score a century in an IPL game against Royal Challengers Bangalore on 18th April 2008.
While he was a member of the Kolkata Knight Riders team, he scored 158 runs off 73 balls during that period. There have been many cricketers who, after him, have scored by the few centuries and have also registered various records as well.
IPL history includes the first captain to score a century, none other than master blaster Sachin Tendulkar who scored the first century in the history of IPL.
Additionally, the master blaster has hit an IPL century – the 5th of his life. On 15 April 2011, the former captain of the Mumbai Indians scored 100* against Kochi Tuskers Kerala at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, which was hosted by the Indian Premier League. His first-ever IPL century took him only 66 balls to produce, one of the most brilliant knocks in the history of the league.
In the second edition of the Indian Premier League, Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag has scored a century. I derived an excellent knock of 119 from 56 deliveries by the former captain of Delhi Daredevils on the 5th of May 2011, when playing against the Deccan Chargers.
Delhi Daredevils won the match that was played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad and the match was hosted there by their team, Delhi Daredevils.
Adam Gilchrist, the former Australian cricketer, is the third captain in the history of the Indian Premier League to register a century. He made his first century during the third season of IPL 2008, against the Deccan chargers, yet he was not captaining the Kings XI Punjab at that time.
He became the captain of the franchise after becoming one of the franchise’s leading players on the 17th of May 2011, when he scored his first IPL century against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Aside from that, he was the first overseas captain to score a century in IPL by accumulating 106 runs in 55 deliveries.
Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, is the next captain to hit a century in this year’s IPL. A run machine has scored 100* runs in 63 balls, against Gujarat Lions when they hosted the match at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on 24th April 2016.
It was also his first ton in the Indian Premier League. He scored four centuries during the season of 2016, which was an exceptional year for the captain.
The next Australian player on this list is David Warner, who scored his first century as a captain on 30th April 2017. He is the second overseas player to score a century as a captain. The captain scored an incredible 126 runs in just 56 balls at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, as he played for the Indian team in an international match.
The match was held between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad won the match. Warner became the first batsman from Sunrisers Hyderabad to make a century in the IPL after the team entered the league in 2016.
As of 24 September 2020, KL Rahul is currently holding the record for the most recent IPL century by a captain. It was decided to host the match in Dubai international cricket stadium due to the rise of covid in India.
Against Royal Challengers Bangalore, the captain scored an unbeatable knock of 132* in just 69 balls, which is an unmatchable score. As this was the first time KL Rahul was leading the team, he scored a century and contributed towards the victory of the team and it was an unforgettable experience.
A century was also scored by him in 2019 before this one, but at that time he was not the captain of the team.
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