Top 5 batters list: Fastest century in ODI World Cup

Glenn Maxwell surpassed the previous record held by South Africa's Aiden Markram, who achieved a century in 49 balls against Sri Lanka in the ongoing 2023 ODI World Cup. 
Top 5 batters list: Fastest century in ODI WC

Australia's star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell made history by achieving the fastest-ever World Cup century on Wednesday (October 25). He accomplished this feat in just 40 balls against the Netherlands at the Arun Jaitley Stadium during the ongoing 2023 ODI World Cup. Maxwell surpassed the previous record held by South Africa's Aiden Markram, who achieved a century in 49 balls against Sri Lanka at the same venue earlier in the tournament. 

As Maxwell secured the fastest-ever ton in WC history, let's check out the top 5 batters in this elite list. Interestingly, Glenn Maxwell features twice in the Top 5 list of fastest ODI WC centuries. 

List of batters with fastest century in an ODI WC

  • Glenn Maxwell (Australia)
  • Aiden Markram (South Africa)
  • Kevin O’Brien (Ireland)
  • Glenn Maxwell (Australia)
  • AB de Villiers (South Africa)

1) Glenn Maxwell v Netherlands (40 balls) - 2023 ODI WC

Maxwell's exceptional knock of 106 in 44 deliveries comprised nine fours and eight maximums. His hundred also stands as the fourth fastest in One Day Internationals (ODIs), trailing behind AB de Villiers (31 balls), Corey Anderson (36 balls), and Shahid Afridi (37 balls).

2) Aiden Markram v Sri Lanka (49 balls) - 2023 ODI WC

Markram surpassed Kevin O'Brien's 50-ball century against England in 2011 in Bengaluru as well as AB de Villiers's record for the fastest World Cup hundred by a South African batter. Markram's innings included 14 boundaries and 3 sixes, culminating in a total of 106 runs off 54 balls. He was dismissed in the 48th over. Notably, Markram only entered the batting crease in the 31st over following a formidable 204-run partnership with De Kock and Van Der Dussen.

3) Kevin O’Brien v England (50 balls) - 2011 ODI WC 

In the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, Kevin O’Brien left an indelible mark on cricket history with a legendary innings etched in memories. Chasing England's imposing target of 328, O’Brien's fearless and audacious strokeplay propelled him to a century in just 50 balls, a feat defying all odds. This iconic display of resilience and skill secured a historic victory for Ireland, serving as a testament to the indomitable spirit of cricketing underdogs, inspiring countless individuals to believe in the extraordinary.

4) Glenn Maxwell v Sri Lanka (51 balls) – 2015 ODI WC

In the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell delivered a stunning performance against Sri Lanka, leaving cricket enthusiasts in awe. Maxwell achieved a remarkable century in just 51 balls, showcasing his explosive batting prowess. His aggressive yet stylish game was a spectacle as he relentlessly attacked the Sri Lankan bowlers. Maxwell’s century played a pivotal role in Australia’s comprehensive victory, highlighting his ability to turn the tide of a game in the blink of an eye. This remarkable innings solidified his reputation as one of the most exciting and dynamic talents in limited-overs cricket.

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5) AB de Villiers v West Indies (52 balls) – 2015 ODI WC

During the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, AB de Villiers also put on a mesmerizing display against the West Indies that left everyone spellbound. The right-handed batter achieved a century in 52 balls, demonstrating his remarkable batting skills and adaptability. His innings were nothing short of spectacular, amassing a staggering 162 runs off only 66 deliveries, including an astonishing tally of 17 fours and an impressive count of eight sixes. 

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