There is no doubt that Gayle or ABD are on the list of the fastest batsmen to score a century in any format in the Gentleman game. But, when it comes to the fastest century in the history of cricket ..
Who is the fastest batsman to score a century in the history of cricket? As soon as this question arises, the first thought goes towards Chris Gayle or Abby De Villiers as the answer. But, can you believe these two names are not on that list? Can’t imagine what will happen at any moment in the Gentleman game. When it comes to the fastest century in the history of cricket, the name of Trinidad and Tobago cricketer Iraq Thomas Marr is heard. In 2016, at the age of 23, Thomas achieved this feat. He broke the record set by Sir Dan Bradman in 22 balls. At that time Bradman had completed a record 85 years.
Dan Bradman scored a century off just 22 balls in the 1931 Village Game. Bradman, who completed his century off 22 balls, scored 99 in just 3 overs. Bradman scored 33 in the first over, 40 in the second and 27 in the third. Bradman had 10 sixes and 9 fours in the innings.
After 85 years in 2016, Bradman broke the record for the fastest century off 22 balls when 23-year-old Iraq Thomas scored a century off just 21 balls in a T20 match hosted by the Tobago Cricket Association. In this inning, Thomas hit 15 sixes. 3 times the ball flew past the stadium. There were also 5 fours in the innings.
Chris Gayle is the fastest century in professional cricket after Iraq’s Thomas and Don Bradman. Gayle completed his century off just 30 balls in the IPL 2013 match against Pune Warriors.
Gayle was followed by former South African cyclone batsman AB de Villiers, who scored a century off 31 balls in the ODIs. This is the world record for the fastest century in ODI cricket.