Estonia's Sahil Chauhan calls Rohit Sharma his inspiration after world record T20 century

Estonia's Sahil Chauhan calls Rohit Sharma his inspiration after world record T20 century

  Estonia batsman Sahil Chauhan. File

Estonia batsman Sahil Chauhan. File | Photo credit: ICC

India-born Estonian batsman Sahil Chauhan has cited Rohit Sharma, who scored the fastest T20 century in just 27 balls against Cyprus, as his inspiration.

The 32-year-old Chauhan scored an unbeaten 144 off 41 balls on Monday with the help of 18 sixes and six fours.

He broke the record for the fastest century in T20 cricket, held by Chris Gayle, who scored a century in the Indian Premier League off 30 balls, and also broke the record for the fastest T20 International century (off 33 balls) held by Namibia's Jan Nicol Lofty-Eaton.

“I have been a huge fan of Rohit Sharma ever since I saw him play. He is a fantastic player who doesn't take any kind of pressure,” Chauhan was quoted as saying by Fancode.

“Whatever the situation, he always plays his game. I have learnt a lot from him. His hook shots are my favourites,” said Chauhan, who hails from Manakpur Devilal village in Haryana.

Recalling his journey from a village in Haryana to Estonia and discovering cricket in the European country, Chauhan said he was pleasantly surprised to get the opportunity.

“My uncle is the reason I came to Estonia. He has a small restaurant business and I work there,” he said.

“I started playing here in 2019. I was really bored, so I started searching on Google about cricket in Estonia (and) I found the contact information of a team and I called them. I asked, 'Do you play cricket?' They replied, 'Yes, we play cricket',” he said. “I said, 'Are you serious about it?' And they replied, 'Yes'. That's how I started playing the sport here,” he said.

Chauhan said that he has been playing cricket since childhood.

He said, “I used to play a lot of cricket in my village in India. I started playing gully cricket when I was 6-7 years old and never stopped.”

Chasing a target of 192, Estonia were 40 for three in the fifth over when Chauhan came in to bat at number five and helped his team win by six wickets with seven overs to spare.

He recalled about his innings, “I was just thinking about the innings and the target we had to chase. I just played the ball to its merit, and that's it. The ball was coming on to the bat nicely, and I was just playing my shots.”

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