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My best T20 innings: Jason Roy after his record-breaking hundred

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My best T20 innings: Jason Roy after his record-breaking hundred

The England opening batter smashed an unbeaten 145 to power Quetta Gladiators to an eight-wicket win in Rawalpindi

Jason Roy has continued his sublime form with the bat to propel the Quetta Gladiators to an emphatic eight-wicket win against Peshawar Zalmi by smashing an unbeaten 143 off 63 deliveries, the record for the highest-individual score in the Pakistan Super League. 

The England opening batter stated that the high-scoring game was an excellent advert for T20 cricket en route to his milestone and termed it as his best T20 innings. 

"This is my best T20 innings, no doubt about it. Obviously a great wicket and fast outfield, so it's just a case of trying to hit as many four and sixes and get close to the total target and see where we are at. I am sure this will go down for me as one of the greatest, and it will definitely live for a long time in my memory," Roy said after the game, as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo. 

"Anytime you are chasing over 200, and you chase that totally - doesn't matter what the pitch is - it's still an incredible feeling. In T20 cricket, this is my favourite-ever innings because I was there till the end."

"I think a lot of time when I am batting as an opening batsman, I could score a hundred and get out needing 20 runs, but tonight I was there till the end, which is an incredible feeling as an opening batsman," he further added. 

En route to his blistering knock, the 32-year-old broke Colin Ingram's record of unbeaten 127 as the previous best score in the history of PSL. 

"Chasing 240, we knew that was probably out of reach to win convincingly, and by convincingly, I mean in 13 or 14 overs. In the change room, there is one of those things when you pad up, and all the fear of failure goes out of the window, and you go out and have a lot of fun."

"Batting with Martin Guptill, who has done it all around the world and got thousands of runs… we walked out there very relaxed. We didn't feel any pressure on our shoulders at all. On that wicket, with that crowd, it was electrifying and had a really good time."

The England batter also heaped praises on the surface and Babar Azam's incredible hundred that powered Peshawar Zalmi to a mammoth total of 240 for the loss of two wickets in the first innings. 

"It's a great advert for PSL and T20 cricket. Obviously, bowlers don't want to be turning up and playing on these wickets every single game, but people watching these sorts of games, kids watching this game, this sort of stuff."

"I remember when I was a kid watching games like this, that really drew me to the game. So this is the sort of stuff that really draws the next generation of players."

"That was incredible to watch; unfortunately, it was against us," he said. "It's the sort of stuff I watch on TV, loads of time the way Babar plays. It was his eighth hundred and to watch it first-hand was extremely special."

"He is a beautiful player to watch, and he was helped extremely well from the other end by his opening partner [Saim Ayub], a youngster coming through. To watch Babar first-hand was very special but he could have done with getting a little less to make it a little easier for us," he concluded. 

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