Scoring a century in the Indian Premier League is a matter of great pride. Every batsman that proves himself in the league by scoring a century often goes on to find fame and a spot on his respective international team as well. However, some players have graced the league with not just ordinary centuries but with centuries that have been scored at a blazingly fast pace. Such explosive centuries are worth a mention. Therefore, even as one follows sports news cricket centuries in the Indian Premier League will always be the center of attention.
Given below is a list of the top 5 fastest hundreds in IPL history:
1. David Warner and AB de Villiers
The honor for the fifth-fastest century in the Indian Premier League is shared by two legendary batsmen of the game. The first is South African superstar AB de Villiers who slammed a century off 43 balls against the Gujarat Lions back in 2016. He scored a total of 129 runs in this innings, which comprised 12 sixes and 10 fours.
The second batsman to share the honor is Australian opener and legend David Warner. Warner scored his century in 43 balls as well back in 2017. His century came against the Kolkata Knight Riders, and in his innings, he racked up 126 runs, scoring 10 fours and 8 sixes along the way.
The fourth-fastest century in the Indian Premier League belongs to former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist. Gilly, as he is fondly known, scored his century in just 42 deliveries against the Mumbai Indians in the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League. Scoring a total of 109 runs, he slammed 9 fours and 10 sixes in the innings.
3. David Miller
The third-fastest century in the Indian Premier League belongs to David Miller. Representing the Kings XI Punjab in 2013, the South African star batsman was making a case for himself and his staunch critics. Having slammed a century in just 38 balls, he blew the opposition, Royal Challengers Bangalore, into the wind, quite literally! His innings comprised a total of 101 runs which were scored with the help of 8 fours and 7 sixes.
4. Yusuf Pathan
The former Indian batsman has had a stellar career as a big hitter. Often sending the ball sailing over the ropes for a six, the reputation of the elder of the two Pathan brothers precedes him. Much of this reputation also comes from one major inning in the Indian Premier League. This knock is the one that makes Yusuf Pathan the scorer of the second-fastest century ever scored in the Indian Premier League.
Back in 2010, when Pathan represented the Rajasthan Royals, he was a fierce hitter of the ball. While facing the Mumbai Indians at the Brabourne Stadium, Pathan showed his true abilities as he knocked the ball all around the park and scored a blazing century in just 37 deliveries. Scoring an exact 100 runs in 37 deliveries with 9 fours and 8 sixes along the way, he redefined the way T20 cricket was played in India.
5. Chris Gayle
The Universe Boss is truly the only man who deserves to be the record holder of the fastest century in the Indian Premier League. Though he may not have found much luck at the IPL auction 2021, the swashbuckling West Indian batsman was at his ominous best when he came out to bat in 2013 in a match against the Pune Warriors India. The batsman was representing the Royal Challengers Bangalore that lost the toss to the Pune Warriors India.
The latter put Gayle’s side to bat first, and the batsman relished every single opportunity that came his way. He scored a half-century in just 17 deliveries and then topped that with another fifty runs in 13 deliveries to reach the century mark in just 30 deliveries. This was 7 balls faster than the previous best by Yusuf Pathan.
However, the run-fest just didn’t stop at the century mark, and the rampant batsman went on to pile on 75 more runs to help his team get to a total of 263 runs in 20 overs. Gayle eventually went on to score 175 runs in 66 deliveries, scoring 13 fours and 17 sixes on the way. All of these are collectively and individually world records that stand to date.