South African batsman Faf du Plessis said Chennai Super Kings teammate Suresh Raina's record-breaking hundred, an unbeaten 109 off 62 balls in the Champions League Twenty20 final vs Kolkata Knight Roders was the best T20 knock he has seen in his illustrious career.
Du Plessis, a hard-hitting middle-order batsman and captain of South Africa's T20 International side, has played several blazing innings himself. He has scores of 126, 121 and 96 in his last three ODI innings and is considered one of the fierce strokemakers in the modern game. To impress a man of du Plessis' accomplishments would have needed a special effort and Raina's ton, the first by an Indian in the Champions League Twenty20 was just that.
Chasing 181 in the final against IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday, Raina, CSK's most successful batsman, helped his team across the line without seeming to break a sweat. The KKR attack, depleted without Sunil Narine, had no answers to Raina's booming drives and wilted under the pressure of eight sixes from the left-hander's blade. (Gautam Gambhir Defiant in Defeat)