Fastest Century in T20 Cricket: T20 being the shortest format of the game has witnessed a lot of milestones created by the cricket legends. A century in a T20 match is considered remarkable as only 120 balls are available in the format and yet some players have made centuries look pretty easy even in the shortest format of the game.
|DA Miller||35||South Africa v Bangladesh||Potchefstroom||29/10/2017|
|RG Sharma||35||India v Sri Lanka||Indore||22/12/2017|
|S Wickramasekara||35||Czech Republic v Turkey||Ilfov County||30/08/2019|
|S Periyalwar||39||Romania v Turkey||Ilfov County||29/08/2019|
|HG Munsey||41||Scotland v Netherlands||Dublin (Malahide)||16/09/2019|
|Shaheryar Butt||41||Belgium v Czech Republic||Walferdange||29/08/2020|
|Hazratullah Zazai||42||Afghanistan v Ireland||Dehradun||23/02/2019|
|LS Livingstone||42||England v Pakistan||Nottingham||17/07/2021|
|JP Kotze||43||Namibia v Botswana||Windhoek||20/08/2019|
|RE Levi||45||South Africa v New Zealand||Hamilton||19/02/2012|
Let us have a look at the top ten players who have surprised the world with their marvelous batting form and hitting the fastest century in T20 Cricket.
Top 10 Fastest Century in T20 Cricket
#1 David Miller – South Africa
David Miller currently holds the record of scoring the fastest century in T20. Miller scored a solid ton in just 35 balls facing Bangladesh in Potchefstroom on 29th October 2017. South Africa’s Killer-Miller was dropped by Mushfiqur Rahim at 0, which later turned out pretty bad for the Bangladesh team as South Africa scored 224/4 in 20 overs.
Miller walked in at 78/3 in the 10th over of the game and changed the scenario for the South African side as he first scored 42 runs in 20 balls, hitting a 4 and 2 sixes in Rubel’s over. After his partner, Hashim Amla’s dismissal, Miller went into beast mode and scored the next 50 runs in 13 balls that included 5 consecutive sixes in the 19th over against Mohammad Saifuddin. The 28-year-old hit Rubel Hossain in the 20th over to bring up his fastest 100 in the game. Miller scored a total of 101 not out in 36 balls.
#2 Rohit Sharma – India
Rohit Sharma owns a joint record with South African batsman David Miller for scoring the fastest 100 in T20I. Rohit Sharma smashed a 35-ball century against Sri Lanka at Holkar Stadium, Indore. Sharma played a beautiful knock scoring 118 off 43 balls in the match.
Rohit Sharma just scored 10 runs in 8 balls in the first 4 overs that he faced, but eventually picked up the speed as his 50 came off the 23rd delivery. Sharma was at the score of 73 after the conclusion of 10 overs, it seemed difficult to score the fastest 100 after this score.
But little did we know, as he scored 4 sixes in Thisara Perera’s over and a 4 in Angelo Mathews’ over. Rohit equaled Miller’s record which had come earlier in the same year.
#3 Sudesh Wickramasekara – Czech Republic
Not just Rohit Sharma but Czech Republic’s Sudesh Wickramasekara also owns the joint record with David Miller for the fastest ton in a T20I game.
Wickramasekara’s 100 came in just 35 deliveries while facing Turkey at Ilfov County on 30th August 2019. Sudesh hit 8 fours and ten sixes to achieve this milestone.
With this record, he also became the first player from their country to reach a 3-figure mark.
The Czech Republic gave Turkey a massive target of 278 runs in 20 overs.
Not just the century, but the all-rounder Sudesh also picked 2 wickets to bowl out the Turkish side for just 21 runs and register a huge win from 257 runs.
#4 Sivakumar Periyalwar – Romania
The Indian-origin Sivakumar Periyalwar comes next on the list with a phenomenal knock of 100 runs off just 39 deliveries.
Periyalwar scored 105 off 40 balls in a T20I match against Turkey at Ilfov County on 29th August 2019.
Romania posted a huge target of 227 after the marvelous knock from Periyalwar. In return, Turkey could just score 53 runs in 13 overs under pressure and lost the match to Romania. Romania’s Cosmin Zavoiu took 3 wickets in an over by just giving 4 runs in his only over to register this huge victory against Turkey in 2019.
#5 HG Munsey – Scotland
The next century comes from Scotland’s HG Munsey. Munsey reached his 100 off 41 deliveries against the Netherlands at Dublin on 16th October 2019.
Munsey slammed a total of 127 runs not out off 56 balls in his innings. He hit 5 fours, and 14 sixes in his innings and just fell short by six deliveries to own the fastest hundred record which is jointly held by David Miller, Rohit Sharma, and S. Wickramasekara.
Munsey’s innings helped Scotland post a target of 253 for the opponent Netherlands.
#6 Shaheryar Butt – Belgium
It’s always a pleasure when a skipper scores a ton for the team. The Belgian captain leading from the front scored 100 off 41 balls against the Czech Republic at Walferdange on 29th August 2020.
Shaheryar Butt faced 50 balls and scored 123 runs not out. His innings had a total of 11 fours and 9 sixes. The Belgians registered a 46 runs victory in this match.
Shaheryar Butt also became the first batsman to score a 50 and a 100 both in one day as he had participated in 2 matches due to the unavailability of players.
#7 Hazratullah Zazai – Afghanistan
Hazratullah Zazai played a wonderful knock of more than 150 runs alone against Ireland on 23rd February 2019 at Dehradun. Zazai’s century came from 42 deliveries which turned into a beautiful 162 runs innings from just 62 deliveries that he faced. With 11 fours and 16 sixes, Zazai landed a lot of balls in the Dehradun’s stands. Zazai’s inning was sure something that a cricket lover would love to witness live in the stands.
#8 Liam Livingstone – England
One of the top ten fastest centuries in T20 also comes from 2021 when Liam Livingstone played a beautiful knock against Pakistan. Liam scored 100 off just 42 deliveries and became the quickest 100 scorers for England in T20Is with 6 fours and 9 sixes. Liam got out scoring 103 runs in 43 balls and team England lost the match to Pakistan by 31 runs.
#9 Jean Pierre Kotze – Namibia
Namibia’s Jean Pierre Kotze stole the show in a match against Botswana at Windhoek on 20th August 2019 when he played a special knock of 101 runs and helped Namibia register a 124 runs win over Botswana. Kotze’s century came off the 43 deliveries that included 7 fours and 9 sixes.
Namibia set a target of 240 runs which the Botswana team had no strength to complete and lost the match by a huge margin in the end.
#10 Richard Levi – South Africa
Last but not the least, Richard Levi scored his fastest 100 off just 45 balls way back in 2012 against New Zealand. When first started Levi was questioned about his weight and whether or not he should be playing for the South African team but he stole the limelight after this knock that consisted of 5 fours and 13 sixes.
Richard opened the innings and stayed till the very last scoring a total of 117 not out of 51 deliveries. South Africa registered an easy win chasing a target of 173 runs against New Zealand.
Richard Levi didn’t play long for the South African cricket team but sure did leave his mark in the world of cricket.