Fastest Century in Cricket World Cup (ODI): This famous tournament has a five-decade history, making it the crown jewel of cricket championships. With only six teams winning, the 2023 World Cup promises to be an epic battle among 10 of the world’s best cricketing nations.
The Cricket World Cup, officially known as the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, is the international one-day international (ODI) cricket competition. The event is conducted every four years and is organized by the sport’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC). As of the 2023 tournament, 127 players from 15 teams scored 207 centuries. A century is achieved in cricket when a player makes 100 or more runs in a single innings.
All of the teams with permanent ODI status have produced hundreds. In addition, players from five temporary ODI teams have scored centuries. The Indians have scored the most centuries (33), followed by Australia and England.
The tournament is one of the most watched sporting events in the world and is regarded as the “flagship event of the international cricket calendar” by the ICC.
Players with solid strike rates, including AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell, have hammered some of the tournament’s fastest centuries. Aiden Markram got the fastest 100 in World Cup history against Sri Lanka on October 7, 2023, in 49 balls. Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen also scored hundreds in the same game, making it the first World Cup with three centuries in the same innings.
The fastest century (100) in the ICC Cricket World Cup History (1975-2023)
|1||Aiden Markram (SA)
|49/106||Sri Lanka||7 October 2023||Won|
|2||Kevin O’Brien (Ire)
|50/113||England||02 Mar 2011||Won|
|3||Glenn Maxwell (Aus)
|51/102||Sri Lanka||08 Mar 2015||Won|
|4||AB de Villiers (SA)
|52/162||West Indies||27 Feb 2015||Won|
|5||Eoin Morgan (Eng)
|57/101||Afghanistan||18 Jun 2019||Won|
|6||Rohit Sharma (IND)
|63/131||Afghanistan||11 Oct 2023||Won|
|7||Kusal Mendis (SL)
|65/122||Pakistan||10 Oct 2023||Lost|
|8||Mathew Hayden (Aus)
|66/111||South Africa||24 Mar 2007||Won|
|9||John Davison (Can)
|67/117||West Indies||23 Feb 2003||Lost|
|10||Kumar Sangakkara (SL)
|70/117||England||01 Mar 2015||Won|
|11||Paul Stirling (Ire)
|70/101||Netherlands||18 Mar 2011||Won|
|12||Kapil Dev (Ind)
|72/175||Zimbabwe||18 Jun 1983||Won|
|13||Adam Gilchrist (Aus)
|72/149||Sri Lanka||28 Apr 2007||Won|
|73/105||Bangladesh||26 Feb 2015||Won|
|15||Jos Buttler (Eng)
|75/103||Pakistan||03 Jun 2019||Lost|
|16||Brendan Taylor (Zim)
|79/121||Ireland||07 Mar 2015||Lost|
|17||Mahela Jayawardene (SL)
|80/100||Canada||20 Feb 2011||Won|
|18||Virender Sehwag (Ind)
|81/114||Bermuda||19 March 2007||Won|
Top 5 Fastest Centuries In ODI World Cup History
As South Africa achieved 428-5, the biggest score in the competition’s history, in a decisive 102-run victory over Sri Lanka in Delhi, Aiden Markram scored the fastest World Cup century. Markram scored a century against England in Bangalore in 2011 off just 49 balls, one fewer than Kevin O’Brien of Ireland did.
Here is the list of the TOP 5 fastest centuries in the World Cup
#1: Aiden Markram (South Africa) – 49 Balls
Aiden Markram of South Africa broke the record for the quickest World Cup century during the 2023 tournament. In South Africa’s opening 2023 World Cup match against Sri Lanka, he batted against them and achieved his hundred in just 49 balls. With a score of 106 off 56 balls, Markram contributed to South Africa’s lofty 400+ goal against Sri Lanka, a formidable opponent and the 1996 World Cup champions.
#2: Kevin O’Brien (Ireland) – 50 Balls
Kevin O’Brien, an all-rounder for Ireland, holds the World Cup record for the fastest century. O’Brien scored a 50-ball century in a match against England in 2011 and assisted Ireland in chasing down 328 with five balls remaining. Against players like James Anderson, Stuart Broad, and Graeme Swann, he hit 113 off 63 balls, including 13 fours and six sixes.
#3: Glenn Maxwell (Australia) – 51 Balls
In Sydney in 2015, Australian power-hitter Glenn Maxwell destroyed Sri Lankan bowlers. Australia defeated Sri Lanka comfortably by 64 runs after scoring 376 while batting first. But Maxwell was responsible for his team’s significant victory. He was out after hitting 102 off 53 balls, including ten fours and four sixes.
#4: AB de Villiers (South Africa) – 52 Balls
AB de Villiers, a legendary cricketer from South Africa, destroyed the West Indies in a group match in 2015 by smashing 162 off just 66 balls in Sydney, including 17 fours and eight enormous sixes. The Windies bowlers needed to be made aware of what was taking place. West Indies only managed 151 runs in 33.1 overs and lost by a wide margin of 257 runs against South Africa, which amassed a gigantic total of 408 in 50 overs.
#5: Eoin Morgan (England) – 57 Balls
At Manchester’s Old Trafford, it was Eoin Morgan’s day as the captain of England. When he hit 17 sixes his route to his astounding 148 off just 71 balls against helpless Afghanistan, he set a new record for the most sixes hit in an ODI inning. It was yet another instance of England’s aggressive style of cricket, which has made them the favourites to win the World Cup this year. Favoured individuals and hosts: England amassed 397/6 in 50 overs after choosing to bat first. Afghanistan started their innings under a lot of strain from the enormous score, and as a result, they were never able to recover and lost by 150 runs.
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