The ICC T20 world cup has seen some extraordinary matches being played ever since the first edition in 2007. T20 cricket is perhaps the most exciting and breath-taking format of cricket where runs are scored at the speed of light and every match promises to be a roller coaster ride.
In this article, Sportzcraazy will bring forth the list of fastest centuries scored in the history of ICC T20 World cup.
Chris Gayle – The Jamaican does not only holds the record of the fastest century but also has the most number of centuries in the history of ICC T20 World Cup. His first century came against South Africa in the very first edition of the T20 world cup in 2007. In that match he ruthlessly scored 117 runs facing 57 deliveries with a scary strike rate of 205. 26. His second T20 World cup ton came against England in 2016. Gayle was at his prime at that point of time and he was a key figure behind West Indies’ second World T20 triumph. Chris Gayle’s 100 not out off just 48 balls with an even better strike rate of 208.3. The Jamaican occupies both the first and second spot.
Suresh Raina – Former Indian batter Suresh Raina is third on the list of fastest centuries in T20 world cup. Raina was once regarded as one of the best and dependable middle order batsman for India. His impressive knock against South Africa saw him score 101 off 60 balls with a commanding strike rate of 168.33 during the 2010 T20 World cup.
Mahela Jayawardene – Former Sri Lankan skipper and legend Mahela Jayawardena ranks 4th in this list. Despite his batting style and the brand of cricket he played during his time as a player, Jayawardene has the most number of runs in the history of ICC T20 World Cups. He scored an unbeaten 100 against Zimbabwe by facing 64 balls with a decent strike rate of 156.25 in 2010 T20 World cup in West Indies.
Brendon McCullum – The style of cricket that the former New Zealand captain played can only be described using Superlatives. His aggression and fearless approach is what made him one of the most feared batsmen at that point of time. The Kiwi took his batting to the next level and set his own template of batting for the next generations. Even when we talk about IPL, Brendon McCullum’s name has to be mentioned. He ranks as the 5th fastest century scorer in the history of T20 World cups thanks to his outstanding batting against Bangladesh in which he scored 123 runs by facing just 58 deliveries with a terrifying strike rate of 212. 06. His knock came during the 2012 T20 World cup in Sri Lanka.
Alex Hales – The Englishman introduced himself as one of the most difficult batters to bowl against. The 6ft 5in Batter has a destructive range of off-side drives and cuts, with an approach unlike any other. He is regarded as one of a bold new generation of English batters who altered the discourse surrounding the white-ball side. It took him 64 balls to score 116 not out against eventual champions Sri Lanka during the 2014 T20 world cup with a strike rate of 181.25.
Ahmed Shehzad – The Opener became the first Pakistani Batsman to score a century in this format when he scored the 7th fastest century in T20 world cups. His 111 not out off 62 balls came against Bangladesh during the 2014 edition of the T20 World cup. Shehzad scored that century with a strike rate 179.3
Tamim Iqbal – The former Bangladeshi opener was regarded as one of the best batsmen of his generation for Bangladesh. His grace and elegance were a treat for eyes and his straight drive is perhaps the most captivating in world cricket. His 103 not out against Oman during the 2016 T20 world cup ranks as the 8th fastest century scored by a batsman.
Jos Buttler – All eyes will be on the new English captain who will be leading the three lions for the very first time in a world cup. Buttler is regarded as one of the most dangerous batsmen in world cricket at the moment and he will look to cause problems for the bowlers. His 101 not out against Sri Lanka during last year’s T20 world cup is the 9th fastest by any batsman in a world cup.