30 balls is all Chris Gayle took to raise his ton on 23rd April 2013 at Chinnaswamy stadium. Against a poor Pune Warriors side, Gayle lunched himself on debutant Ishwar Pandey, Mitchell Marsh, Ali Murtaza and Aaron Finch, collecting 20, 28, 18 and 29 runs in one over respectively. Gayle's century came only in the 8th over of the inning, making it the fastest in T20 cricket anywhere in the world!
37, the number of balls Shahid Afridi took to score the fastest century in ODI, is exactly the number of balls Yusuf Pathan consumed to reach his hundred, the fastest ever in IPL. Yusuf's team, Rajasthan Royals, were chasing mountaineous 213 that day and struggled at 3 wkts for 40 runs when he took the center stage at Brabourne stadium. Pathan reached his half century off 21 balls and off next 16 balls, completed next half to almost pull off a miraculous win. almost. Pathan was run out off first ball of 17th over without facing anything further and Royals lost the game by 4 runs!
Adam Gilchrist, the legendry Aussie southpaw also features in this list of incredible IPL knocks, getting his ton off just 42 balls against same team Yusuf did. Playing for Deccan Chargers who were to chase considerable 155 that day, Gilchrist's fast hundred meant his team won with 8 overs to spare, without losing any wicket!
List last updated : on 30 May 2014, the day Virender Sehwag made 30th ton of IPL. Clearly, there haven't been many century in IPL so far but all of them are mentioned in following list, measured on least number of balls.
Also see : Highest score in IPL T20 matches | Fastest fifties in IPL matches.
|Fastest century by a batsman in IPL|
|To reach century||Final score||Versus, when|
|Chris Gayle (Bangalore)||30||175*||66||13||17||Pune||23 Apr 2013|
|Yusuf Pathan (Rajasthan)||37||100||37||9||8||Mumbai||13 Mar 2010|
|David Miller (Punjab)||38||101*||38||8||7||Bangalore||6 May 2013|
|Adam Gilchrist (Deccan)||42||109*||47||9||10||Mumbai||27 Apr 2008|
|Sanath Jayasuriya (Mumbai)||45||114*||48||9||11||Chennai||14 May 2008|
|Chris Gayle (Bangalore)||46||107||49||10||9||Deccan||6 May 2011|
|Murali Vijay (Chennai)||46||127||56||8||11||Chennai||3 Apr 2010|
|Andrew Symonds (Deccan)||47||117*||53||11||7||Rajasthan||24 Apr 2008|
|Virendra Sehwag (Delhi)||48||119||56||13||6||Deccan||24 Apr 2008|
|Wridhiman Saha (Punjab)||51||115*||55||10||8||Kolkata||1 Jun 2014|
|Virender Sehwag (Punjab)||50||122||58||12||8||Chennai||30 May 2014|
|Michael Hussey (Chennai)||50||116*||54||8||9||Punjab||19 Apr 2008|
|Murali Vijay (Chennai)||51||113||58||15||4||Delhi||25 May 2012|
|AB de Villiers (Delhi)||51||105*||54||5||6||Chennai||23 Apr 2009|
|David Warner (Delhi)||52||109*||54||10||7||Deccan||10 May 2012|
|Rohit Sharma (Mumbai)||52||109*||60||12||5||Kolkata||12 May 2012|
|Chris Gayle (Bangalore)||53||128*||62||7||13||Delhi||17 May 2012|
|Paul Valthaty (Punjab)||53||120*||63||19||2||Chennai||13 Apr 2011|
|Brendon McCullum (Kolkata)||53||158*||73||10||13||Bangalore||18 Apr 2008|
|Adam Gilchrist (Punjab)||53||106||55||8||9||Bangalore||17 May 2011|
|Suresh Raina (Chennai)||53||100*||53||7||6||Punjab||2 May 2013|
|M. Jayawardene (Punjab)||55||110*||59||14||3||Kolkata||4 Apr 2010|
|Chris Gayle (Bangalore)||55||102*||55||10||7||Kolkata||22 Apr 2011|
|Shaun Marsh (Punjab)||58||115||69||11||7||Rajasthan||28 May 2008|
|Ajinkya Rahane (Rajasthan)||58||103*||60||12||6||Bangalore||15 Apr 2012|
|Shane Watson (Rajasthan)||60||101||61||6||6||Chennai||22 Apr 2013|
|Lendl Simmons (Mumbai)||61||100*||61||14||4||Punjab||21 May 2014|
|Kevin Pietersen (Delhi)||64||103*||64||6||9||Deccan||19 Apr 2012|
|David Warner (Delhi)||66||107*||69||9||5||Kolkata||29 Mar 2010|
|Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai)||66||100*||66||12||3||Kochi||15 Apr 2011|
|Manish Pandey (Bangalore)||67||114*||73||10||4||Deccan||21 May 2009|