28-year old Sagar Kulkarni became the first batsman in the world to hit 200 in a Twenty20 match with an astonishing 219 off 56 deliveries in a league game in Singapore. Sagar's heroics helped his Marina Club team to 368 for 3 off their 20 overs and a mammoth victory. Batting at the other end was his team-mate in the Singapore national side Dharmichand Mulewa (89 off 44) who says, "Sagar's most amazing shot was a six over extra-cover which went out of the Kallang ground into the netball courts." The boundaries were 65 yards either side of the wicket. "Yes, that was quite a good shot, it was my second six," says Sagar.

In total Sagar cleared the ropes eighteen times; he also hit 23 fours after going in at the fall of the first Marina wicket at the end of the second over. “I’m known for ones and twos in regular cricket but I can play shots all around too but even I was shocked by the way I batted. It’s a great feeling and never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be able to achieve this feat, especially when nobody in world cricket has done it” says Sagar (a native of Pune and Level II ACC/ACA certified coach). Currently a Business Development Manager in a software firm he has been living in Singapore since 2002. He was formerly a Maharashtra U-22 player.

Related: Singapore Cricket Association

Filed May 5, 2008