Kolkata, May 22: Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Robin Uthappa has set a new world record in Twenty20 cricket history by compiling his 8th consecutive score of 40 and above today.
Uthappa hit his fifth half century in IPL 7 today at the Eden Gardens against his former team - Royal Challengers Bangalore. His knock Thursday gave him the Orange Cap, becoming the leading runscorer (572 runs in 13 innings) of the tournament, overtaking Glenn Maxwell of Kings XI Punjab.
The right-handed opener continued his great run with the bat this season. His record sequence of scores started on May 2 when he made 47 against Chennai Super Kings.
According to BCCI's statistician Mohandas Menon, Uthappa has set a new record in T20 cricket with 8 scores of 40 or more. The previous mark was 6 scores of 40s in 2006 from HD Ackerman of South Africa.
In IPL, the earlier record was 5 scores of 40 plus from Matthew Hayden (2009), Virender Sehwag (2012) and Michael Hussey (2013).
Uthappa has been out of the Indian team for more than two years now. His last appearance was in a T20 International in March, 2012. His last ODI for India was in July, 2008.