Roy sees unbeaten 145 as his best T20 innings



Quetta Gladiators’ Jason Roy has termed his 145 not out against Peshawar Zalmi his best T20 innings, saying it was also a great advert for the HBL Paki-stan Super League (PSL).

Roy clobbered 20 fours and five sixes in a 63-ball blitz as the Gladiators chased down an improb-able 241 for the loss of two wickets with 10 balls to spare to keep his side’s slim chances of qualifying for the play-offs alive.

“It was a great advert for the HBL PSL and T20 cricket. Obviously, bowlers don’t want to be turning up and playing on these wickets every single game, but people and kids are watching and loving this sort of game.

“This is the sort of game I remember as a kid that really drew me to cricket and the people. For sure, this is the sort of stuff that excites, draws, and attracts the next generation of players,” Roy said at the post-match press conference on late Wednesday.

Roy became the highest individual scorer in HBL PSL, beating Colin Ingram’s 127 not out for Karachi Kings against Quetta Gladiators in 2019, as the Gladiators completed the fourth-highest T20 chase of all time. Roy’s 44-ball century was the second quickest in HBL PSL history after Rilee Rossouw’s 43-ball century for Multan Sultans against Quetta Gladiators in 2020. The match aggregate of 483 runs was the highest in HBL PSL history as well as in Asia, and the seventh highest overall.

“It’s an incredible, incredible feeling. For me in T20 cricket, it’s up there as one of my favourite innings ever because I was there till the end.—APP