Top 10 Fastest Centuries in T20 International
With the invention of T20 format in cricket, we have seen many runs scored in few balls. Here we present to you the list of top 10 fastest centuries in T20 international. The list features 3 players from West Indies, 2 from each South Africa and Australia and 01 from each India, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Aaron Finch has the most number of sixes with 14. Richard Levis with 12 and Chris Gayle with 11 sixes in fastest centuries.
#10 Babar Hayat (50 balls) – Hong Kong
Babar Hayat of Hong Kong holds the record of 10th fastest century in T20 international. He achieved this accomplishment in qualifying match of Asia Cup 2016 v Oman. Chasing down the target of 180 Babar Hayat came to bat at number 03. He took charge to Oman bowlers from the very start and completed his 50 in 24 balls with 8 fours and 1 six. He took total of 50 balls to reach his 100 and nailed 9 fours and 5 sixes in total. After completing his 100 he hit 2 more sixes and scored 120 runs off 60 balls. Despite of his firing innings his side lost the match by 5 runs.
#09 Brendon McCullum (50 balls) – New Zealand
The record holder of fastest 100 in Tests, Brendon McCullum is at number 09 in the list of top 10 fastest centuries in T20 international. He scored 100 of 50 balls in a very tight game which ended up being tied and New Zealand won that encounter in the super over. McCullum scored 100 of 50 balls v Australia at Christchurch on Feb 28, 2010. He completed his 50 in 33 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes. For the next 50 runs of his innings he faced only 17 balls. He struck 12 fours and 6 sixes in his century. McCullum scored 116 off 56 balls with 12 fours and 8 sixes in team’s total of 214.
#08 Chris Gayle (50 balls) – West Indies
Such is the impact of Gayle in the game that you name the T20 format and Chris Gayle comes into your mind. Gayle scored 8th of the fastest centuries in T20 international v South Africa at Johannesburg on 11 September 2007. It was the first match of the inaugural ICC T20 world cup when Gayle hammered 50 ball hundred which included 5 fours and 9 sixes. Batting first West Indies scored 205 runs in 20 overs. Gayle contributed with 117 runs of 56 balls with 7 fours and 10 sixes. He took special likings to Shaun Pollock who conceded 52 runs off his 4 overs. Although South Africa successfully chased the target, Gayle’s innings in one to remember.
#07 Glenn Maxwell (49 balls) – Australia
Aussie all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, when starts to hit the ball well is unstoppable. He has played many entertaining innings for crowd and demolishing for bowlers. Maxwell scored 7th fastest century in T20 international v Sri Lanka at Pallekele on 6 September 2016. He contributed 145 runs in 65 balls with 14 fours and 9 sixes in highest ever team total of 263 runs. 145 runs by Maxwell are second highest individual score in T20 after Aaron Finch 156 v England. In his innings of 145 Maxwell completed his century in 49 balls and hammered 11 fours and 5 sixes.
#06 Evin Lewis (48 balls) – West Indies
Evin Lewis from West Indies scored 6th of the fastest centuries in T20 internationals in a thriller v India on 27 August 2016. Batting first West Indies scored mammoth 245 runs. The total included 48 balls hundred effort from Evin Lewis. Lewis opened the innings with Johnson Charles and completed his 50 off 25 balls with 4 fours and 3 gigantic sixes. After completing his 50 Lewis continued attack to Indian bowlers and increased his boundary count to 5 fours and 9 sixes to complete his 100. The match itself is considered as one of the great run chases in T20I as India lost by only 01 run chasing down this huge total.
#05 Chris Gayle (47 balls) – West Indies
Universe Boss Chris Gayle is again in the list of Top 10 fastest centuries in T20 international. Gayle also holds the record of 8th fastest hundred in T20 international. Gayle scored 47 balls century v England at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on 16 March 2016 in ICC World T20 2016 group stage match. Chris Gayle scored 100 in 47 balls in run chase of 184 runs. He started slowly to see off some good bowling from David Willey. After that he took charge to Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid to reach his 50 in 27 balls with 3 fours and 5 sixes. Gayle completed his 100 in 47 balls with 5 fours and 11 sixes in total and West Indies won the match with 11 balls remaining.
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#04 Aaron Finch (47 balls) – Australia
Australian opening batsman Aaron Finch holds the record of 4th fastest hundred in T20 international. He achieved this accomplishment v England at Southampton on 29 August 2013. Finch completed his 100 in 47 balls with the help of 9 fours and 8 massive sixes. After completing his century Finch continued to assault the Aussie bowlers.He went on to complete first ever and only score in access of 150 in T20 international. He went on to score 156 runs off 63 balls with 11 fours and 14 sixes. His 156 runs remain the highest individual score in T20 internationals. Finch’s innings helped his team to set a target of 249 runs for England.
#03 Kannur Lokesh Rahul (46 balls) – India
The match played between India and West Indies at Lauderhill on 27 August 2016 was a records breaker. There were total of combined 489 runs scored in the T20 match by both teams. In first innings of the match Evin Lewis of West Indies scored 6th of the fastest centuries in T20 international and West Indies scored 245 runs. In run chase KL Rahul came on to bat at number 04 and scored 3rd fastest hundred in T20 international. He is the only batsman in the list to score a century batting at number 04. KL Rahul scored 100 in 46 balls with 11 fours and 5 sixes. KL Rahul scored 110 in 51 balls with 12 fours and 5 sixes. In the run chase India lost by 01 runs.
#02 Faf du Plessis (46 balls) – South Africa
South African T20 captain Faf du Plessis scored 2nd of the fastest centuries in T20 international. His century came v West Indies at Johannesburg on 11 January 2015. Batting first, Faf du Plessis came to bat at number 03. He faced 46 deliveries and smoked 10 fours and 4 sixes to get to 2nd ever fastest hundreds in T20 internationals. He went on to score 119 runs off 56 balls with 11 fours and 5 sixes to help his team to set a huge target of 232 for West Indies. Although, West Indies won the match courtesy 41 balls 90 runs by Chris Gayle Faf’s innings remains one of the best innings played in T20 international.
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#01 Richard Levi (45 balls) – South Africa
The record of fastest century in T20 international is held by South African opening batsman Richard Levi. Chasing down the target of 174 v New Zealand Richard Levi started the run chase aggressively. He completed his 50 in 25 balls with 2 fours and 6 sixes. He went on to smack Kiwi bowlers and scored 100 in 45 balls with 3 fours and 12 sixes. Levi remained not out at 117 off 51 balls as South Africa chased the target in 16 overs. This performance puts Richard Levi at number 01 in the list of top 10 fastest centuries in T20 international.