Suresh Raina was the toast of his teammates as his swashbuckling innings ensured that Chennai Super Kings had their first silverware since winning the Indian Premier League in 2011. In the process, CSK's most prolific top-order batsman, Raina set a handful of records in the Champions League Twenty20.
Raina, who smashed 109 off just 62 balls in the final vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Bangalore on Saturday, became the first Indian batsman to hit a hundred in the Champions League Twenty20. He is also the first Chennai player to have a three-figure score in the tournament. Incidentally, the top five innings (all scores of 80-plus) by Chennai's batsmen all belong to him. This is also his sixth score of over fifty in the CLT20.
With 842 runs in 24 matches at an average of 38.27, Raina has set a new record in the CLT20. The devastating left-hander, who has shown an uncanny knack of turning up in crucial encounters, also has three fifty-plus scores in the finals of Tweny20 competitions, which is the most by any batsman. On Saturday, he became the eighth player overall to register a ton in the CLT20, however the credit of posting two hundreds belongs to Australia's explosive opener David Warner. Warner and Raina are the only two players to have scored centuries in both the IPL and CLT20.
Raina's 16 sixes are the most by an Indian batsman in a single edition of the CLT20. In his stroke-filled essay of 109 vs KKR, he hit eight towering sixes, becoming the first Chennai player to do so twice after having scored as many sixes in his 43-ball knock of 90 vs the Dolphins earlier in the tournament. He also became the first Indian batsmen to post three hundreds in Twenty20 cricket. After Saturday's heroics, Raina now has the distinction of being the first player to score a century against the Kolkata Knight Riders in CLT20.
Here are some other statistical highlights from the CLT20 final between Chennai and Kolkata:
# Chennai Super Kings have won four finals - two each in the IPL and CLT20. Only Sialkot Stallions have won more Twenty20 finals - seven.
# Chennai became the first team to register 15 wins in the CLT20 (lost nine, including a tied game) out of 24 played - winning % 64.58.
# Chennai have successfully chased 180 or more eleven times, equalling Kings XI Punjab's tally in Twenty20.
# Gambhir's 80 off 52 balls is his highest innings in the CLT20 - his third fifty - 36th in Twenty20.
# Pawan Negi (5/22) has produced a career-best in Twenty20.
# Negi's figures are the best by a bowler in an innings in the CLT20, bettering the five for 24 by Azhar Mahmood for Auckland vs Hampshire at Centurion on October 10, 2012.
# Apart from Negi and Mahmood, Shaun Tait and Lasith Malinga have bagged five wickets in an innings in the CLT20.
# Brendon McCullum and Raina put on 118 for the second wicket - Chennai's second highest for any wicket in the CLT20 - the highest being 137 for the second wicket between Murali Vijay and Raina vs Wayamba at Centurion on September 15, 2010.
# The aforesaid partnership is the highest by any pair for any wicket vs Kolkata in the CLT20
# Robin Uthappa has completed his 4,000 runs in Twenty20 - 4015 (ave.28.88) in 163 matches.
# Dhoni became the first wicketkeeper to effect 25 dismissals in the CL Twenty20 - 14 catches and eleven stumpings in 24 matches.
(Inputs from Rajesh Kumar)