ODI World Cup lays a special place in everyone’s heart. Every cricketer works hard and prays to perform in the World Cup. When the ODI WC commenced back in 1975, their game was defensive. But over time the gameplay has advanced to aggression, especially after the introduction of T20 cricket, where wickets are generally flat which offers less swing and spin. In an important tournament like this, nobody thinks about scoring quick runs but plays according to the situation, prioritizing the win. Still, some players have scored some swift centuries in the ODI World Cup, let’s have a look at the players with Fastest Century In ODI World Cup –
Former Irish Batsman Kevin O’Brien holds the record for the fastest century in the ODI World Cup. This special moment emerged in the group stage of the 2011 World Cup when Ireland was chasing a huge total of 328 runs. Ireland was struggling at 104/6 when the crisis man Kevin O’Brien assaulted the star-studded English bowling lineup to reach his century in just 50 balls before getting out for a breathtaking 113 off 63 balls, assisting his team to register a historical 3 wickets victory in Bangalore against their neighbor.
Swashbuckling Australian middle-order batsman, Glenn Maxwell recorded the 2nd fastest century in the ODI world cup 4 years later in 2015 in Australia. The hosts were playing against Sri Lanka in a group game in Sydney. Batting first Aussies were going well but the arrival of Maxwell added spice to Australia’s innings as he hurt the Srilankan team with his rampage knock of 102 off 53 balls. The Victorian batter smashed 10 fours and 4 maximums en route to his 51-ball hundred.
AB DE Villiers
The most innovative batsman in white ball cricket ever, Proteas legend AB DE Villiers scored a spectacular 52 balls century against West Indies in the 2015 WC in Sydney, the 3rd fastest century in World Cup history. The Titan batter hit 17 fours and 8 sixes against a decent bowling unit consisting of Jerome Taylor, Andre Russell, and Jason Holder on the way to his blitzkrieg innings of 162 off 66 balls, leading South Africa to a mammoth total of 408 and winning the match by a big margin of 257 runs.
All the cricket fans are aware of the antics of former English World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan and he occupies the 4th spot on the premium list of the fastest century in the ODI World Cup. Morgan did not have a great 2019 WC until he met Afghanistan in Manchester. He
Inflicted carnage on the Afghan bowlers, dealing with sixes and hammering as many as 17 maximums to get the landmark off only 57 balls. In the end, Morgan went back to the pavilion after a blitz of 148 in 71 balls, a pure display of power hitting.
One of the greatest openers of all time, Matthew Hayden was in serious tune in 2007 and whacked the 5th fastest century in ODI World Cup history. Hayden was the highest run-getter in the 2007 World Cup and his knock against South Africa is worth remembering. The Batting stalwart slammed a century in 66 balls with the help of 14 boundaries and 4 sixes. He took the bowlers like Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Ntini, and Jacques Kallis to the cleaners and showed no mercy at all in his 101 runs outing which aided to post 377 runs onboard.
List of Fastest Century in ODI World Cup
|K O’Brien (IRE)||50||England||Bangalore||2011|
|G Maxwell (AUS)||51||Sri Lanka||Sydney||2015|
|AB DE Villiers (SA)||52||West Indies||Sydney||2015|
|E Morgan (ENG)||57||Afghanistan||Manchester||2019|
|M Hayden (AUS)||66||Australia||Basseterre||2007|
|J Davison (CAN)||67||West Indies||Centurion||2003|
|K Sangakkara (SL)||70||England||Wellington||2015|
|P Stirling (IRE)||70||Netherlands||Kolkata||2011|
|A Gilchrist (AUS)||72||Sri Lanka||Bridgetown||2007|
Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien scored the fastest century in ODI World Cup (50 balls).
Kapil Dev made the fastest century in ODI World Cup among Indians in just 72 balls vs Zimbabwe in 1983.
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