Fastest Centuries in T20 International (Full List): Miller, Levi, Faf du Plessis on Top 3

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Cricket has been changing rapidly and the sole reason behind is to enhance the entertainment and fun in the gentleman’s game. And when it is about this, entire nothing can take place the raining sixes and fours or quick falling wickets. In short, T20 cricket is the ultimate answer to the rapid-changing cricket. Although, over years this format of the game is associated with the batsman’s game but knuckleballs and those coming with variations are turning some real headache for the T20 specialist batsmen, who are always looking to fly one away from the boundary line.

Even the International Cricket Council (ICC) has also taken steps to end up the batting dominance by applying rules regarding specific bat width and length and also the field restrictions policy. So with the things changing for time being, even the T20 cricket has become more of the sensible game and is no more heaven for the power hitters out there. Up the latest, T20 cricket is all about strategies and clicking at the right moment. Initially, people had a view that T20 cricket is all about going after the ball right from the word go. But as of now, there are different organized phases by the batsman, where the game plan keeps on changing.

Even though too many restrictions are up on the batsman’s to make sure it remains a stable contest between them and the bowlers, some real power hitters are too good to throw such contest in the air with banishing the ball all across the ground effortlessly.

The latest to join the clan of ‘Fastest Centuries in T20 International’ clan is the South African star, David Miller. With his 35-ball century against Bangladesh in T20I of the series, Miller got himself on the top spot after leaving behind his teammate Richard Levi. It will be pertinent t mention here that it took over 5-years to witness a change over the top on the list of Fastest Centuries in T20 International. The South African batsman, Richard Levi, who later went on signing the Kolpak deal, smashed 45-ball century against New Zealand, back in 2012.

And now after 5-years, he had to leave the top spot for flamboyant South African batsman David Miller.  The left-handed batsman left the cricketing world awe-inspiring with smashing 35-ball 100 against Bangladesh.  Miller’s scintillating knock was powered by nine 6s and seven 4s. The cricketing world was up with all the praises for the young man, who has proven his mettle as T20I specialist batsman various times. The thing which should be noted here is the T20 specialist leftie batsman came on the crease after AB de Villiers departed and South African was a bit under pressure. The time Miller came on the crease; it was 78 for 3 after 9.5 overs. Knowing that game could slip away from their hands if things didn’t keep going, Miller started off with a superb, not out knock and got himself on top of the record books.

Here it should be kept noted that David Miller, who has earned his place as the T20 specialist has proved his mettle all across the globe with featuring in world-class T20 leagues like Indian Premier League (IPL).  Over the years, Miller has been performing the pivotal role for the IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab and now also has the plan to go for Pakistan Super League (PSL).

The thing which would make South African fans more delighted is after Miller on top, and Levi coming on 2nd slot, the third player on the Fastest Centuries in T20 International list is also a South African. The batsman 3rd on the list is none other than South African skipper Faf du Plessis, who smashed 46-ball century against West Indies, back in 2015.

Those who are thinking where the power hitters like Finch, Gayle and Maxwell fall; here we have the full list of Fastest Centuries in T20 International.

Fastest Centuries in T20 International (Full List)

Player Balls Match Venue Date
DA Miller 35 South Africa v Bangladesh Potchefstroom 29/10/2017
RE Levi 45 South Africa v New Zealand Hamilton 19/02/2012
F du Plessis 46 South Africa v West Indies Johannesburg 11/01/2015
KL Rahul 46 India v West Indies Lauderhill 27/08/2016
AJ Finch 47 Australia v England Southampton 29/08/2013
CH Gayle 47 West Indies v England Mumbai 16/03/2016
E Lewis 48 West Indies v India Lauderhill 27/08/2016
GJ Maxwell 49 Australia v Sri Lanka Pallekele 06/09/2016
CH Gayle 50 West Indies v South Africa Johannesburg 11/09/2007
BB McCullum 50 New Zealand v Australia Christchurch 28/02/2010
Babar Hayat 50 Hong Kong v Oman Fatullah 19/02/2016
BB McCullum 51 New Zealand v Bangladesh Pallekele 21/09/2012
Mohammad Shahzad 52 Afghanistan v Zimbabwe Sharjah 10/01/2016
C Munro 52 New Zealand v Bangladesh Mount Maunganui 6/01/2017
E Lewis 53 West Indies v India Kingston 9/07/2017
TM Dilshan 55 Sri Lanka v Australia Pallekele 06/08/2011
RD Berrington 57 Scotland v Bangladesh The Hague 24/07/2012
Ahmed Shehzad 58 Pakistan v Bangladesh Dhaka 30/03/2014
SK Raina 59 India v South Africa Gros Islet 02/05/2010
AD Hales 60 England v Sri Lanka Chittagong 27/03/2014
SR Watson 60 Australia v India Sydney 31/01/2016
Tamim Iqbal 60 Bangladesh v Oman Dharamsala 13/03/2016

Fastest Centuries in T20

Apart from this, when we talk about Fastest T20 centuries, we can see some other sensational knocks by the T20 giants like Chris Gayle and Andrew Symonds, which came in play during T20 cricket leagues like IPL and England county cricket. Still, on the list, David Miller stands tall on the 4th slot with his 35-ball century against Bangladesh.

The thing which would have worked as icing on the cake is Miller is yet again in this Top 10 list of Fastest Centuries in T20 with his 38-ball century against Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL, back in 2013. It should be kept noted here that Miller is the only player to have 2-times appearance in the list of Top 10 Fastest Centuries in T20.

List of Fastest Centuries in T20

Player Balls Match Venue Date
CH Gayle 30 Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors Bangalore 2013
A Symonds 34 Kent v Middlesex Maidstone 2004
LP van der Westhuizen 35 Namibia v Kenya Windhoek 2011/12
DA Miller 35 South Africa v Bangladesh Potchefstroom 2017/18
YK Pathan 37 Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians Mumbai 2009/10
SB Styris 37 Sussex v Gloucestershire Hove 2012
DA Miller 38 Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore Mohali 2013
CJ Simmons 39 Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers Perth 2013/14
Ahmed Shehzad 40 Barisal Burners v Duronto Rajshahi Dhaka 2011/12
DJ Willey 40 Northamptonshire v Sussex Hove 2015
LL Bosman 41 Eagles v Lions Potchefstroom 2004/05
H Davids 41 Cape Cobras v Warriors Cape Town 2008/09
BF Smith 42 Worcestershire v Glamorgan Worcester 2005
AC Gilchrist 42 Deccan Chargers v Mumbai Indians Mumbai 2007/08
BB McCullum 42 Warwickshire v Derbyshire Birmingham 2015
AD Russell 42 Jamaica Tallawahs v Trinbago Knight Riders Basseterre 2016
Shahid Afridi 42 Hampshire v Derbyshire Derby 2017
CS Delport 42 Boost Defenders v Mis Ainak Knights Kabul 2017
Bilal Asif 43 Abbottabad Falcons v Sialkot Stallions Faisalabad 2015
AB de Villiers 43 Royal Challengers Bangalore v Gujarat Lions Bangalore 2016
T Kohler-Cadmore 43 Worcestershire v Durham Worcester 2016
GA Hick 44 Worcestershire v Northamptonshire Kidderminster 2007
LJ Wright 44 Sussex v Kent Canterbury 2007
GR Napier 44 Essex v Sussex Chelmsford 2008
KJ O’Brien 44 Gloucestershire v Middlesex Uxbridge 2011
LJ Wright 44 Melbourne Stars v Hurricanes Hobart 2011/12
CH Gayle 44 Barisal Burners v Sylhet Royals Mirpur 2011/12
RG Sharma 45 Mumbai v Gujarat Mumbai 2006/07
ST Jayasuriya 45 Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings Mumbai 2008
CG Williams 45 Namibia v Scotland Windhoek 2011/12
RE Levi 45 South Africa v New Zealand Hamilton 2011/12
KP Pietersen 45 Dolphins v Knights Kimberley 2015/16

 

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