5 Fastest T20 Centuries in T20 World Cup
Hitting a T20 fastest century in T20 World Cup format is no small feat. The ones who have got the gift of timing, aggressive mindset, and big muscles could think of achieving the improbable milestone. In the process of hitting almost every ball outside the park, the chances of getting increased manyfold.
In six T20 World Cups held so far, only eight centuries have been hit so far- a testimony to the fact how difficult is it to hit a ton in the shortest version of the game.
let’s take a look at 5 T20 fastest centuries amongst them:
#1. Chris Gayle (100 off 47 balls)
The Universal boss leads the chart at the top and rightly so. The Southpaw holds the record of hitting the fastest century in the T20 World Cup. He achieved the feat in the 2016 edition of the world cup. Playing against Bangladesh, Gayle struck a century in just 48 deliveries. He struck as many as 11 sixes and 5 fours and played with a strike rate of 208.33. Overall, Chris Gayle has hit two centuries in T20 World Cups, the first one coming against South Africa in 2007.
#2. Chris Gayle (100 off 50 balls)
The second-fastest century in T20 cricket also belongs to the West Indies legend. In what was the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, Chris Gayle became the first batsman to strike a century in a T20 World Cup. It was the only century that came in the first edition of the T20 World Cup.
The Southpaw scored 117 runs in 57 deliveries with a strike rate of 205.26. He struck seven fours and 10 sixes in his pursuit of reaching the feat. He brought up his century off just 50 balls.
#3. Brendon McCullum (100 off 51 balls)
The former New Zealand skipper, Brendon McCullum holds the record of the third-fastest century in a T20 World Cup. Counted as one of the greatest cricketers New Zealand has ever produced, Brendon struck a century off just 51 balls against Bangladesh in the 2012 edition of the World Cup. With an astounding strike rate of 212.06, McCullum hit 11 fours and seven sixes in what was one of the best T20 knocks of all time. He scored 123 runs off 58 balls to help his team win the game by 59 runs in end.
#4. Ahmed Shehzad (100 off 58 balls)
Made his debut back in 2009, Shehzad is counted as one of the cleanest strikers of the ball. In the 2014 edition of the T20 World Cup, Ahmed Shehzad struck a century off just 58 balls to become the fourth-fastest to score a century in a T20 World Cup.
The Pakistan batsman so far has played 81 one-day internationals and 59 T20 matches. He has 2605 runs to his name in the 50-over format, boasting an average of 32.6.
#5. Suresh Raina (100 off 59 balls)
Indian batsman, Suresh Raina is regarded as one of the greatest T20 batsmen India has ever produced. India’s middle-order batsman sits fifth in the elite list. A T-20 specialist, Suresh scored a brilliant hundred against South Africa in the 2010 edition of the World Cup.
He scored the century in just 59 deliveries which included 9 fours and five sixes.
Raina has a brilliant record in the Indian Premier League. In 193 games, Raina has scored 5368 runs at an average of 33.3. He has 38 half-centuries and one century to his name in the richest T20 franchise tournament.