Let’s take a look, who made the fastest centuries by the number of balls faced in each of the three international cricket formats.
Also, double centuries are even more of a feat, so who scored the fastest double centuries in test and ODI cricket? Read on to find out!
Fastest Century in ODI
As with all of the records on this list, the statistics relating to fastest centuries are correct as of January 2022. Milestones in these instances are usually rated in terms of balls faced as opposed to minutes at the crease. This is a fairer way to assess fastest hundreds as a batsman’s scoring speed could be affected by losing the strike or any unavoidable delays such as an injury to a fielder.
1. AB De Villiers
AB De Villiers is the man who currently holds the record for the fastest century in One Day International Cricket. The South African made his hundred from just 31 balls when his side took on the West Indies at Johannesburg in 2015.
De Villiers’ innings contained eight fours and 16 sixes.
2. Corey Anderson
Injuries meant that we didn’t get to see the best of New Zealand’s Corey Anderson. The left hander has currently the number two for the fastest ODI ton which he made from 36 balls against West Indies in 2014.
3. Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi’s 102 from 37 balls was remarkable for the fact that it came on his international debut. The man known as Boom Boom passed the milestone for Pakistan against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in 1996.
He was a raw 16 year old and we knew then that cricket had a serious talent on its hands.
4. Mark Boucher
Known as a brilliant wicket keeper, Mark Boucher wasn’t necessarily the fastest batsman but he’s at number two with a century from 44 balls for South Africa against Zimbabwe in 2006.
5. Brian Lara
West Indies’ great left hander Brian Lara was known for his high accumulation of runs in first class cricket but he could score quickly in limited overs games.
In ODI matches, he made over 10,000 runs with no fewer than 19 centuries. His fastest ton came against Bangladesh in 1999 when he brought up three figures from just 45 balls.
6. Shahid Afridi
The fact that Shahid Afridi has two entries in the top six is a testament to his hitting power. It’s even more remarkable when you consider that he only scored six centuries in his ODI career.
This effort came against old rivals India in Kanpur and it took Afridi just 45 balls.
7. Jesse Ryder
New Zealand’s Jesse Ryder may have had his issues away from the pitch but he was wonderful to watch when batting. The Kiwi was an uncompromising left hander, muscling loose balls far over the boundary.
Ryder comes in at number seven on the list of fastest ODI tons with a century from 46 deliveries against the West Indies in 2014.
8. Jos Buttler
England’s Jos Buttler is a devastating hitter who can bat anywhere in the top order. He also has both of England’s two fastest ODI centuries.
His first entry comes via his 46-ball hundred against Pakistan in Dubai in 2015.
9. Sanath Jayasuriya
Pakistan were also on the receiving end when Sanath Jayasuriya hit this rapid ton. In Singapore in 1996, the left hander passed three figures after 48 deliveries.
This was the year that Sri Lanka won the ODI World Cup and Jayasuriya played a big part in revolutionizing limited overs cricket at the time.
10. Jos Buttler
That man Jos Buttler slots in at number ten and few would bet against him improving on his stats in years to come. This particular effort came from 50 balls against Pakistan in 2019.
11. Kevin O’Brien
Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien scored what is probably the most important century on the ODI list. His ton from 50 balls helped his side secure a famous win over England at the 2011 World Cup.
12. Glenn Maxwell
He’s referred to as the ‘Big Show’ and Australia’s power hitter Glenn Maxwell slots in at number four with his century from 51 balls against Sri Lanka in 2015.
Fastest Century in T20
1. David Miller
There are three men in joint first place with a T20 century from just 35 balls. South Africa’s powerful left hander David Miller set the mark when he reached his hundred against Bangladesh in 2017.
1. Rohit Sharma
Just two months after Miller recorded that milestone, Rohit Sharma of India equalled the landmark. Playing for India against Sri Lanka in December 2017, Rohit Sharma equalled David Miller’s record. A fast starter at the top of the order, the Indian international made a century from 35 deliveries against Sri Lanka.
1. S. Wickramasekara
Official T20 internationals now include many associate nations so we should expect to see some unfamiliar names.
In 2019, a third player joined Rohit Sharma and David Miller at the top of the list for fastest T20 international centuries. Playing for the Czech Republic against Turkey in August 2019, Sudesh Wickramasekara also reached the three figure mark from just 35 balls.
4. S. Periyalwar
Turkey were the unfortunate victims once again when S. Periyalwar of Romania scored a hundred from 39 balls in a T20 international in 2019.
5. George Munsey
Scotland’s George Munsey is an experienced batsman and he can score quick runs when needed. Playing against the Netherlands in 2019, Munsey hit a T20 hundred in 41 balls.