Fastest Centuries in T20 Cricket
Scoring a hundred from a maximum of 120 balls is a difficult thing. But some batsmen had done it in less than 40 balls. Cricmatez.com brings you the List of Fastest Centuries in T20 Cricket. (T20 is inclusive of International T20s, IPL, Domestic T20s, etc)
Top 5 Fastest Centuries in T20 Cricket
01. 30 Balls by Chris Gayle, RCB vs PWI, 2013
Chris Gayle, the clean hitter of the ball, from Jamaica, holds the record of fastest centuries in T20 cricket. He achieved this on 23rd April 2013, playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Pune Warriors India at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore in the 6th edition of the Indian Premier League. Gayle scored the fastest hundred in mere 30 balls. He completed his 50 in 17 balls, which is jointly the fastest 50 in IPLs and scored his century in 30 balls with 8 fours and 11 sixes. He went on to score an unbeaten 175 off 66 balls with 13 fours and 17 sixes. He broke the previous record of fastest hundreds in 34 balls by Andrew Symonds. 175* by Gayle is also the highest individual score in a T20 match. He overcame Brendon McCullum’s 158* in 2008. Gayle’s 17 sixes in this inning is also a record for most sixes in a T20 match. His 175* helped RCB to post a total of 263/5 in 20 overs, which is again a record for the highest total by a team in a T20 match. Gayle even took 2 wickets with his bowling in the match and helped RCB win by 130 runs.
02. 34 Balls by Andrew Symonds, Kent vs Middlesex, 2004
Andrew Symonds held the record for the fastest century in T20s for almost 9 years since 2004. He scored a century off 34 balls for Kent against the Middlesex at Mote Park, Maidstone in the Twenty20 Cup on 2nd July 2004 in England. Those were the beginning days of T20 Cricket and Symonds scored then the fastest century, which held a record until Gayle did it in 30 balls. Symonds while opening for Kent, chasing a target of 157, completed his century with 16 fours and 3 sixes. His opening partner was Shahid Afridi, who has the record of the fastest century in ODIs off 37 balls. Symonds finished with unbeaten 112 off 43 balls with 18 fours and 3 sixes. Also Symonds took a wicket and 2 catches. His team chased down the target in 13.1 overs with 7 wickets remaining.
03. 35 Balls by Louis van der Westhuizen, Namibia vs Kenya, 2011
Louis van der Westhuizen, a 25-year-old Left Handed batsman from Namibia, not so famous like other hitters, scored a century off 35 balls in a T20 match against Kenya (Not an International T20 match). Namibia won the toss and chose to bat, Westhuizen single-handedly hit a century where the next highest score was 22. He finished with 145* off 50 balls consisting of 14 fours and 12 sixes, with Strike-Rate of 290.00. His Strike rate is the highest for any inning with a hundred. Namibia scored 228/6 and won the match by 50 runs. Westhuizen too grabbed a wicket with his left arm orthodox.
Only Indian to feature in the list of Fastest Centuries in T20 Cricket
04. 37 Balls by Yusuf Pathan, RR vs MI, 2010
Yusuf Pathan while playing for the Rajasthan Royals against the Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2010, scored a century in 37 balls. His century was the fastest in IPL, before Gayle hit it in 30 balls. Royals were set a target of 213 by the Mumbai Indians and soon they were 40/3 in the 7th over. Pathan not worrying, began his fireworks and in no time smashed 50 off 21 balls and then completed the 100 with 37 balls. His innings came to an end by an unlucky run-out while backing up. Before his dismissal, he had hit 9 fours and 8 long sixes. Unfortunately, his inning could not take the Royals home. RR lost the match by just 4 runs.
05. 37 Balls by Scott Styris, Sussex vs Glucocestershire, 2010
Scott Styris, hard-hitting batsman from New Zealand, after his retirement from all forms of the game, playing for Sussex in the Quarterfinal of the Friends Life T20 2012 against the Glucocestershire at Hove smashed a century off 37 balls. His century is the joint 4th fastest century in T20 Cricket. He along with Murray Goodwin(55) had a partnership of 119 runs off 52 balls and helped Sussex post a total of 230 runs. Styris’ innings 100*(37) consisted of 5 fours and 9 sixes. Sussex won by 39 runs and advanced to semi finals. He managed only 8 runs in semis vs Yorkshire and Sussex lost the Semis.
And with this its time round off the list of Fastest Centuries in T20 Cricket.