Fastest Centuries in T20 International (Full List): Miller, Levi, Faf du Plessis on Top 3Posted By: Editorial Staff | October 31, 2017
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)
|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
|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|