A hundred in a T20 doesn’t happen very often and to score the fastest hundred in the fastest format of the game, a batsman has to tonk the ball right from ball one. Numerous T20 leagues are being played around the world today and with the advent of outrageous strokes, a century in T20s wouldn’t be as appalling. A total of 650 IPL games have been played so far and an individual score of 100 has been breached 47 times. Out of a possible 120 deliveries, the minimum balls required, that is, if a batsman hits a six every ball, would be 17 deliveries. How close have the batsmen come? Let’s take a look at the 5 fastest hundreds in IPL.
1. CHRISTOPHER HENRY GAYLE(30 balls vs PWI)
Gayle is an absolute rock star when it comes to the shortest format of the game. Gayle has a ton of records to his name and the fastest centurion record is just the icing on the cake. On 23rd April 2013, Gayle registered a hundred in 30 balls against the Pune Warriors India. An innings full of jaw-dropping strokes. Gayle went on to score an unbeaten 175(highest individual score in T20s) as RCB in their 20 overs managed a colossal 263/5(highest score in T20s). His innings comprised of 17 sixes(most in an innings) and 13 fours. 90.2% of his runs came in boundaries. RCB won that game by 130 runs.
2. YUSUF PATHAN (37 balls vs MI)
Yusuf Pathan’s 100 off 37 deliveries is probably one of the finest T20 hundreds one will ever witness. It came against a quality team like Mumbai and also, Pathan produced a magical knock in dire situations. Rajasthan Royals were chasing a massive 213 runs and were 4 down for 66 in 9.2 overs. Pathan hit 8 sixes and 9 fours to get to his maiden hundred in IPL. Pathan’s valiant effort brought RR ever so close to the target as they lost that game by 4 runs.
3. David Miller (38 balls vs RCB)
KXIP needed 140 to win in 12.2 overs when David Miller walked in. What followed was an onslaught of the fiercest order. Miller smashed 7 sixes and 8 fours to get his team home. Punjab reached the target with two overs to spare. This was the breakthrough knock for David Miller and since then, he’s been a regular in the South African legion. Miller also scored the fastest hundred in T20Is. His hundred came off 35 deliveries against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom on 29th October 2017.
4. Adam Gilchrist (42 balls vs MI)
Gilchrist is undoubtedly one of the best wicket-keeper batsman the game has ever seen. Be it tests, ODIs or T20s, Gilchrist always batted aggressively. In the DY Patil Stadium on 27th April 2008, Gilly took the Deccan Chargers home comfortably. A mediocre 154 was chased down in 12 overs. Gilchrist pummeled the Mumbai bowling and collected 10 massive sixes and 9 fours on his way to a hundred.
5. AB De Villiers (42 balls vs GL)
How could AB De Villiers be kept out of this coveted list? The South African can demolish the best attacks in the world and with a smile on his face. That is exactly what he did against the Gujarat Lions on 14th May 2016. De Villiers smashed the Lions’ bowling unit to all corners of the park. De Villiers struck 12 sixes and 10 fours in his 129 off 52 balls. He and Virat Kohli put on 229(the highest ever in T20 cricket) runs for the second wicket. RCB put on a gigantic 248/3. Gujarat were bundled out for a mere 104 runs.
To add to the 5 fastest hundreds in IPL, another 14 hundreds have been scored in 50 or lesser balls. Just shows you how unforgiving the T20 format can be. The 2018 season brings in fresh players and a lot of excitement. Can this season witness the fastest hundred in the IPL or at least Can an entry in the 5 fastest hundreds in IPL be possible? Let’s wait and watch.