It is not often that batsmen score centuries in a Twenty 20 but in a Karnataka Premier League match on Thursday, Krishnappa Gowtham not only scored a century with the bat but also took eight wickets with the ball to lead Ballari Tuskers to victory against the Shivamogga Lions.
The right-handed batsman smashed 134 off just 56 balls and then picked up 8 wickets for just 15 runs in his four overs in the game played at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
His score is the highest individual score in the KPL and the best bowling performance in the league. In fact, it is the best bowling figures in Twenty 20 cricket including domestic leagues around the world.
Despite his heroics, this will not be considered an official record because state Twenty 20 leagues do not have official status. They are categorised as other T20s in records.
But Gowtham's performance is being heralded on social media as one of the best all round cricket performances in Twenty 20 history.
Krishnappa Gowtham in Karnataka Premier League today:â€” Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) August 23, 2019
Bat - 134* off 56, 7 fours, 13 sixes
Ball - 8 wkts for 15 runs in 4 overs#KPL
134* (56) and a world record 8 wickets!!â€” Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) August 23, 2019
It's officially the Krishnappa Premier League!
: @KPLKSCA pic.twitter.com/DwMZGPzm5F
In comparison, the next highest score in the innings was 34, 100 less than Gowtham's score. He hit seven fours and a whopping 13 sixes in the innings taking Bellary Tuskers to a score of 203-3 in just 17 overs. Rain, however, interrupted play with the first innings being reduced to 17 overs.
Shivamogga Lions was bowled out for just 133 with Gowtham shining with the ball with his right-hand off-break bowling. Bellary Tuskers won the game by 70 runs by the VJD method.