Abhishek Sharma, who rose from zero to hero, credited his father's advice for his success

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In the second match of the T20 series against Zimbabwe, the young Team India made a brilliant comeback and defeated the host team by 100 runs. The biggest hero of this victory was young batsman Abhishek Sharma, who scored a century in the very next match after being out for zero in his debut match. The 23-year-old all-rounder, playing the second T20 match of his international career, scored a stormy century in 46 balls on Sunday. This century scored in 46 balls is the joint third fastest century scored by an Indian batsman in men's T20I. Rohit Sharma's century in 35 balls in 2017 and Suryakumar Yadav's century in 45 balls in 2023 are both the two fastest centuries for India against Sri Lanka. While KL Rahul also scored a century in 46 balls against West Indies in 2016.

“This is the fruit of my hard work. Special thanks to my father, who always encouraged me to play lofted shots (where the batsman tries to hit the ball above the fielders head with the intention of playing a big shot),” said Abhishek at the post-match press conference. “Usually coaches don’t allow you to play lofted shots. My father used to tell me that if you want to play a lofted shot, it should go out of the ground. For me, it has been since childhood that if I am confident, I like to express myself.” The youngster brought up his half-century with a six and then completed his century by hitting three consecutive sixes in the 14th over, becoming the first Indian to achieve this feat in men’s international cricket.

Shubman Gill has done something similar, but his consecutive sixes helped him complete 200 runs in ODIs against New Zealand in 2023. The young opener also revealed that he used the bat of his childhood friend and Under-19 teammate Shubman Gill in the second T20 match, something he has been doing regularly before. Gill and Abhishek started playing together in the Under-12 category. The two also played together in the 2018 ICC Men's Under-19 Cricket World Cup, where India won the title. Abhishek attributed the performance of the young players to the experience of the Indian Premier League, which helped them handle the pressure. Abhishek admitted that the players were disappointed after losing the first match of the series, especially after India recently won the T20 World Cup.

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