Aakash Srivastava: On October 25, Glenn Maxwell achieved a remarkable milestone by becoming the fastest century scorer in the history of the 50-over World Cup during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
Maxwell’s century came in just 40 balls, a record-breaking feat that took place at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.
It’s worth noting that this record was established merely eighteen days after South Africa’s Aiden Markram had struck a century in 49 balls at the same venue against Sri Lanka. Let’s explore the top five fastest centuries in the history of the ODI World Cup.
AB de Villiers:
The former South African cricketer secured the fifth spot on the list with the fastest century in One Day Internationals (ODIs) in 2015. De Villiers accomplished this remarkable feat in an ODI against the West Indies, taking 52 balls to reach his century.
The Australian batsman holds two positions in the list of the fastest centuries in ODI World Cups. His first entry was during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, where he scored a century in just 51 balls against Sri Lanka. Maxwell’s remarkable 102 runs off 53 balls included 19 boundaries and four sixes.
An unforgettable moment in World Cup history was when the Irish cricketer, Kevin O’Brien, scored a century against England in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. He achieved his century in just 50 balls, with a total of 113 runs, playing a pivotal role in Ireland’s historic victory over England.
South African batsman Aiden Markram secured the second position with his century in 49 balls, setting the previous record for the fastest hundred in an ODI World Cup. Markram’s impressive performance included 106 runs off 56 balls against Sri Lanka, featuring fourteen boundaries and three sixes.
Glenn Maxwell claimed the top spot by setting the record for the fastest hundred in the history of the Cricket World Cup, achieving it in a mere 40 balls on October 25. This incredible feat took place during a match against the Netherlands at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium.
The Australian all-rounder’s century comprised 106 runs scored in just 44 balls, with a stunning display of nine fours and eight sixes.