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Record-Breaking Blitz: Uncovering the Top 10 Fastest Century in ODI Cricket

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ODI cricket, a captivating format known as One Day Internationals, enthralls fans globally with its fast-paced action and intense encounters. Within the limited overs framework, batsmen seize the opportunity to exhibit their batting prowess and etch their names into the annals of cricketing history. Among the most exhilarating feats in ODI cricket are the lightning-fast centuries, where batsmen flaunt their extraordinary skills and sheer power. These scorching hundreds serve as a testament to their ability to score runs at a staggering pace, leaving spectators mesmerized. In this article, we delve into the realm of ODI cricket, exploring the awe-inspiring realm of the fastest centuries that have indelibly marked the sport.

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List of Fastest Century in ODI Cricket History

149 31 16 9 AB de Villiers South Africa v West Indies Johannesburg 18/01/2015
131* 36 14 6 CJ Anderson New Zealand v West Indies Queenstown 01/01/2014
102 37 11 6 Shahid Afridi Pakistan v Sri Lanka Nairobi 04/10/1996
101* 41 11 4 Asif Khan UAE v Nepal Kirtipur 16/03/2023
147* 44 10 8 MV Boucher South Africa v Zimbabwe Potchefstroom 20/09/2006
117 45 4 18 BC Lara West Indies v Bangladesh Dhaka 09/10/1999
102 45 9 10 Shahid Afridi Pakistan v India Kanpur 15/04/2005
104 46 5 12 JD Ryder New Zealand v West Indies Queenstown 01/01/2014
116* 46 8 10 JC Buttler England v Pakistan Dubai (DSC) 20/11/2015
162* 47 14 7 JC Buttler England v Netherlands Amstelveen 17/06/2022

AB de Villiers | 31 Balls vs West Indies 

AB De Villers Most centuries in ODIs KreedOn
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When it comes to the shorter format of the game, there are very few like AB de Villiers. He is one of those few players who can bail his team out at any point in time. ABD’s aggressive style complemented by the vast array of shots he possesses in his arsenal makes him a problem for opposition bowling units.

AB de Villiers scored the fastest 100 in ODI, Mr. 360’s unorthodox playing style was on full display against West Indies when he set the record for the fastest 100 in ODI history. He scored a century in mere 31 balls and went on to score 149 runs as Proteas finished the inning with 439 onboard. Not a single bowler from the Caribbean nation was able to find an answer to the questions posed by ABD as he hit them all over the park scoring 16 sixes and 9 fours.

  • Runs: 149
  • Balls: 31
  • Sixes: 16
  • Fours: 9

CJ Anderson | 36 Balls vs West Indies

Fastest Century in ODI | Corey Anderson (Source: Twitter)

Corey James Anderson, the Black Caps all-rounder is renowned for his ability to turn the game around with his pinch-hitting. The Kiwi’s have always had a rich history of finding batsmen known for their fundamentally sound games but players such as CJ are the ones who tie the team together with powerful hitting.

This was one of those occasions where he dominated with a 36-ball blitzkrieg, dismantling the West Indies bowling unit in the process. He hit 14 sixes and 6 fours on the way to scoring a team-high 131 runs against West Indies.

  • Runs: 131*
  • Balls: 36
  • Sixes: 14
  • Fours: 6

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Shahid Afridi | 37 Balls vs Sri Lanka

Fastest Century in ODI | Credits: Cricket Record Corner

Shahid Afridi or “Boom Boom Afridi” as he is most commonly referred to due to his ability to clear the boundary with ease, is one of Pakistan’s aces and had been a bedrock for his country for a long duration. On his day, Afridi is one of the most unstoppable forces as he uses shear force to destroy even the best bowling units.

This was one of those days where Afridi kicked into high gear as he scored a quickfire 102 off 37 balls, smashing 11 sixes and 6 fours in the process. At the age of just 16, Afridi destroyed the newly-crowned World Champions Sri Lanka.

  • Runs: 102
  • Balls: 37
  • Sixes: 11
  • Fours: 6

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Asif Khan | 41 balls vs Nepal

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In a remarkable display of batting prowess, UAE’s Asif Khan unleashed his destructive skills against Nepal, recording the fourth-fastest century in the history of men’s ODI cricket. Asif reached the coveted milestone in a mere 41 deliveries, propelling UAE to a formidable total of 310/6 in their thrilling Cricket World Cup League 2 encounter in Kirtipur. His blistering innings left spectators in awe as he showcased his remarkable batting talent and played a pivotal role in his team’s commanding performance.

  • Runs: 101*
  • Balls: 41
  • Sixes: 11
  • Fours: 4

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Mark Boucher | 44 Balls vs Zimbabwe

Highest team score in ODI Kreedon: South Africa 418 vs Zimbabwe 2006
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Mark Boucher was one of South Africa’s most reliable batsmen for over 15 years till his career reached an unfortunate end. He might have been short in stature but packed a punch as he played a lot of crucial innings to guide his team through.

Boucher anchored the team against Zimbabwe, where his fastest 100 in ODI came off just off 44 balls including 10 sixes and 8 fours. Boucher was dropped multiple times during the game and he was sure to make the opposition pay as he helped his country cross the 400-mark for the second time in four games.

  • Runs: 147*
  • Balls: 44
  • Sixes: 10
  • Fours: 8

Brian Lara | 45 Balls vs Bangladesh

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Brian Charles Lara is not only one of West Indies’ greatest players but also one of the game’s greatest students and exports. Lara is one of the few players capable of being spoken in the same light as Sachin Tendulkar and Sir Donald Bradman, such was his talent and his will to impose himself as he struck fear into the opposition.

Lara was at his absolute best against Bangladesh in October 1999 as the inexperienced bowling unit toiled to find a breakthrough. He hit 18 fours and 4 sixes on the way to an impressive total of 117. His fastest 100 in ODI came off just 45 balls, 6th fastest century in ODI to this date.

  • Runs: 117
  • Balls: 45
  • Sixes: 4
  • Fours: 18

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Shahid Afridi | 45 Balls vs India 

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Shahid Afridi had always been a bane for the Indian cricket team and has managed to raise his game every time he has faced the Blues.

Afridi scored a quick 102 against a bowling attack featuring Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan. The fact that he reached the triple figures in just 45 balls shows how dominant Afridi can be on his day.

  • Runs: 102
  • Balls: 45
  • Sixes: 9
  • Fours: 10

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Jesse Ryder | 46 Balls vs West Indies

Fastest 100’s In ODI
Fastest 100’s In ODI | Credits: Cricket County

Jesse Ryder made batting look easy on his day as he flicked and pulled his way out of any threat posed to him by the opposition.

Although CJ Anderson stole the spotlight in the game with the fastest 100 in ODI at that time, Ryder’s inning was nothing short of exceptional. Ryder hit 12 fours and 5 sixes on his way to 104 off 46. West Indian bowlers had no answers for Ryder and CJ during the game as the duo took New Zealand to 283 in a 21-over game.

  • Runs: 104
  • Balls: 46
  • Sixes: 5
  • Fours: 12

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Jos Buttler | 46 Balls vs Pakistan 

Fastest 100’s In ODI
Fastest 100’s In ODI | Credits: The Indian Express

Jos Buttler has been the perfect example of how batsmen have adapted their batting styles to the modern game. His fundamentally sound game along with explosiveness provides us with a blueprint to dominate the shorter format.

Jos Buttler put his skills on full display against Pakistan in 2015 as he blazed through the Pakistani bowling unit by scoring 116 off 46 deliveries. His fastest 100 in ODI came off just 46 balls, a record for the quickest century by an English batsman.

  • Runs: 116
  • Balls: 46
  • Sixes: 8
  • Fours: 10

Jos Buttler | 47 Balls vs Netherlands

Fastest 100’s In ODI
Fastest 100’s In ODI | Credits: Sports Corner

Jos Buttler exhibited an extraordinary display of batting brilliance as he notched a scintillating century off just 47 balls in a match against the Netherlands. His sensational innings was embellished with a remarkable tally of 14 sixes and 7 fours, leaving spectators in awe of his power-hitting prowess.

  • Runs: 162*
  • Balls: 47
  • Sixes: 14
  • Fours: 7

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