Mohit Ahlawat sets sights on IPL after T20 triple hundred
Indian cricketer Mohit Ahlawat has set his sights on a lucrative IPL deal after becoming the first player to score a Twenty20 triple century.
Playing in a club tournament in Delhi, the 21-year-old hit 39 sixes and 14 fours in his 72-ball hit, which has caught the eye of cricket's global audience.
With three Ranji Trophy appearances to his name, from which he averaged one, Mohit is hopeful that the captain who gave him that chance in 2015 - Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir - will help him realise his Indian Premier League dream.
"I have to believe that I have done this," he is quoted as saying by ABP.
"I hope Gauti bhaiyya [Gambhir] takes note of this.
"Yes, I have put my name in the IPL auction but I am not sure if this knock will help make people notice me. I am eager to prove my worth."
The highest T20 score in officially recognised action is Chris Gayle's 175 for Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Pune Warriors in the IPL in 2013.
Perhaps somewhat wryly, Mohit suggested his approach was similar to the powerful Jamaican's typical slow-starting, but big finishing knocks.
"The attack was good but after seeing off the new ball, I decided to just bat aggressively and was really timing the ball well," he added.
"I saw the scoreboard, and I was nearing my 200 with five overs to go, so I decided to go for the kill.
"I reached 250 with just two overs to go, I told my partner, let me try if I can make 300, and I got 30 off the last over."
Mohit will find out whether he has realised his IPL dream when the player auction takes place on February 20 in Bangalore.