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Top 10 fastest centuries (100) in T20I cricket

Published at :June 24, 2024 at 8:51 PM
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Nine batsmen have scored centuries under 40 deliveries in T20I cricket.

T20 cricket is the most popular format of the game among the fans, and why not? Who doesn’t want to see sixes and fours in a span of a few balls? That is what this format brings to the table. Since the introduction of T20 cricket, teams and players have started taking more risks, and this game is producing some breath-taking performances.

This article will have a discussion of the fastest hundreds in T20I cricket. A century off 50-60 balls is pretty impressive, but batters have also recorded a hundred in less than 40 balls, which is just spectacular. The fastest T20I hundred came off just 27 balls, which we will check here.

Here is the list of top 10 fastest centuries (100) in T20I cricket:

10. Kendel Kadowaki-Fleming (Japan) – 40 Balls :

Kendel Kadowaki-Fleming
Kendel Kadowaki-Fleming. (Image Source: Twitter)

Another batter with a 40-ball T20I hundred is from Japan. It was Japan’s captain, Kendel Kadowaki-Fleming, who did it against South Korea in Sano on October 22 during ICC Men’s T20 World Cup East Asia-Pacific Region Qualifier B. Japan made a big total of 218/8 in the first innings and Fleming reached his hundred off 40 balls and scored 114 off 46 balls, with 10 fours and 10 sixes. South Korea replied with 170/6 and lost the game by 48 runs.

9. Johnson Charles (West Indies) – 39 Balls :

Johnson Charles
Johnson Charles. (Image Source: Getty Images)

Star West Indian opener Johnson Charles has registered the fastest T20I hundred for his team. He smashed a 39-ball cenutry against South Africa in Centurion in March 2023 and scored 118 off 46 balls, with 10 fours and 11 sixes. West Indies made 258/5, but it wasn’t enough as South Africa made 259/4 in 18.5 overs to win the game and register the highest T20I chase ever.

8. Zeeshan Kukikhel (Hungary) – 39 Balls :

Zeeshan Kukikhel
Zeeshan Kukikhel. (Image Source : Twitter)

It is very exciting to see a contest between the new emerging teams because it produces some incredible performances. Just like in a game between Austria and Hungary in June 2022 in Lower Austria, when Zeeshan Kukikhel recorded a 39-ball ton for Hungary. Austria made a total of 196/6 in the first innings, but Hungary chased it down in 19 overs and won by four wickets. Zeeshan, who opened the innings, made a 39-balls ton and scored 137 off 49 balls, with 7 fours and 15 sixes in his innings.

7. Sivakumar Periyalwar (Romania) – 39 Balls :

Sivakumar Periyalwar
Sivakumar Periyalwar. (Image Source: Youtube)

Sivakumar Periyalwar from Romania was the first batter to hit a 39-ball T20I hundred in history. He did it against Turkey at Ilfov County in August 2019 in Continental Cup. Romania made 226/6 in 20 overs, and Sivakumar scored 105* runs off 40 balls, including 12 fours and six sixes. Turkey got all out for 53 runs and lost the game by 173 runs.

6. Sudesh Wickramasekara (Czech Republic) – 35 Balls :

Sudesh Wickramasekara
Sudesh Wickramasekara. (Image Source: Getty Images)

The joint-second-highest T20I total of 278/4 was registered by Czech Republic in a game against Turkey in Continental Cup at Ilfov County in August 2019. Czech Republic’s Sudesh Wickramasekara smashed a 35-ball ton in that game and scored an unbeaten 104 off 36 balls, with 8 fours and 10 sixes. Turkey had a horrible day and got all out for just 21 runs, losing the game by a massive 257-runs margin.

5. Rohit Sharma (India) – 35 Balls :

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Image Source: BCCI)

The fastest T20I century by an Indian batter was registered by Rohit Sharma. He smashed a 35-ball hundred against Sri Lanka at Holkar Stadium in Indore. Which is also the joint second fastest century in T20Is. Rohit scored 118 runs off just 43 balls, including 12 fours and 10 sixes. India made their highest T20I total of 260/5 and then dismissed Sri Lanka for 172 runs to win by 88 runs.

4. David Miller (South Africa) – 35 Balls :

David Miller
David Miller (Image Source :Getty Image)

South African superstar David Miller was the first batter to hit a 35-ball ton in a T20I game. It came against Bangladesh at Potchefstroom in October 2017. Batting first, South Africa reached a total of 224/4 in 20 overs. Miller scored an unbeaten 101 off 36 balls, with seven fours and nine sixes. Bangladesh got all out for just 141 runs and lost the game by 83 runs.

3. Kushal Malla (Nepal) – 34 Balls :

Kushal-Malla
Kushal-Malla.(Image Source: Twitter)

The record for the fastest T20I hundred belonged to Nepal’s superstar Kushal Malla before Namibia’s Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton broke his record. He registered a 34-balls century against Mongolia in the opening game of the men’s T20I competition at Asian Games 2023. Malla made 137 saves from 50 balls, with 12 sixes and 8 fours at a strike rate of 274. Nepal posted the highest T20I total of 314/3 and then dismissed Mongolia for 41 runs to win by 273 runs (the biggest T20I win).

2. Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton (Namibia) – 33 Balls:

Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton Namibia
Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton. (Image Source: Twitter)

Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton made history when he registered his name in the record books for the fastest century in T20 internationals. Surpassing Nepal’s Kushal Malla, he smashed a 33-ball ton against Nepal itself. He did it in Kirtipur on February 27, 2024, and scored 101 off 36 balls with 11 fours and 8 sixes before getting dismissed. This is the first time he crossed the 50-run mark in the shortest format and made it big. Jan completed his fifty off 18 balls and completed the next 50 runs in 15 balls.

However, his record was broken after a few months, which we will talk about next.

1. Sahil Chauhan (Estonia) – 27 balls:

Sahil Chauhan of Estonia
Sahil Chauhan of Estonia. (Image Source: European Cricket/Twitter)

On June 17, 2024, in a T20I between Estonia and Cyprus, Indian-born Sahil Chauhan smashed a 27-ball ton for Estonia, which is now the fastest ever T20I hundred. Bowling first, Estonia conceded 191 runs to Cyprus at Episkopi. While chasing, they lost quick wickets. However, Sahil Chauhan single-handedly took his side to a win as he smashed a 27-ball ton and then concluded his innings at 144 off 41 deliveries, which included six fours and record 18 sixes.

(All stats updated till 24th June, 2024)

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