Fastest century in IPL history: List of top 5 batsmen with the fastest hundreds in an IPL match

Chris Gayle leads the list thanks to his stunning 175-run knock against the Pune Warriors in 2013.

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David Miller, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers
David Miller, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has never been short of entertainment and when the batsmen are on song and get going, there is bound to be pandemonium. The shortest format of the game favors the batsmen and it is them who have held their own and come up with enthralling knocks of the highest quality to flatten even the strongest of bowling attacks.

A century in a T20 match is no mean feat and when it comes in quick time, it is the recipe for a batting performance that can best be described as perfect. There have been as many as 62 hundreds scored by 36 cricketers in the tournament’s 13-year history. But, only three out of them have been scored in less than 40 balls. This list might change come the 2021 edition of the IPL and might not because of how difficult it is to come up with innings like these.

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List of batsmen with the fastest century in IPL history

SNPLAYERTeamAgainstYearBalls for 100Total Runs
1 Chris GayleRCBPWI201330175
2 Yusuf PathanRRMI201037100
3 David MillerKXIPRCB201338101
4 Adam GilchristDCMI200842109
5 AB de VilliersRCBGL201643129
6 David WarnerSRHKKR201743126
7 Sanath JayasuriyaMICSK200845114
8 Mayank AgarwalPBKSRR202045106
9 Murali VijayCSKRR201046127
10 Chris GayleRCBPBKS201546117

5. AB de Villiers – 43 balls versus Gujarat Lions

AB de Villiers vs GL
AB de Villiers

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) two most loyal players, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli came up with a masterclass of a partnership to completely dominate the Gujarat Lion‘s bowling attack. Both batters got their hundreds and the former was the more aggressive of the two. The duo took RCB to a huge score of 248 and in reply, GL could only reach 104 as they were bowled out.

AB de Villiers’ century came in just 41 balls and he went on to score a total of 129 runs in just 52 deliveries while remaining unbeaten.

4. Adam Gilchrist – 42 balls versus Mumbai Indians

Adam Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist

In a truly incredible effort, Deccan Charges (DC) skipper Adam Gilchrist lit up the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai with a masterclass in the second innings. Earlier, Mumbai Indians (MI) had scored 154 runs. Gilchrist and VVS Laxman strode out to the middle to chase the total down.

What followed was a brutal assault from the Aussie as he got to his hundred is just 42 balls and ended unbeaten on 109 off 47 balls. Laxman scored just 37 runs in the chase and the duo sealed a 10-wicket victory in just 12 overs.

3. David Miller – 38 balls versus Royal Challengers Bangalore

David Miller
David Miller

In the 2013 edition of the IPL, South Africa’s David Miller announced himself with some style as he aced a stiff chase of 191 with remarkable ease. Earlier, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had got to 190 thanks to Cheteshwar Pujara and Chris Gayle‘s fifties.

In reply, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) were reduced to 64/4 but what followed was an exhibition of power-hitting as Miller came out all guns blazing and got to a 38-ball hundred to take his side home in just 18 overs.

2. Yusuf Pathan – 37 balls versus Mumbai Indians

Yusuf Pathan
Yusuf Pathan

Yusuf Pathan came up with one of the best knocks in a losing cause for the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their 2009 clash against Mumbai Indians (MI). Earlier, MI had reached 212/6 thanks to Saurabh Tiwary and Ambati Rayudu‘s explosive fifties. In the chase, RR were reduced to 66/4 as well.

It was then that Yusuf walked in and produced a blistering knock. He reached his 100 in just 37 balls and brought his side to the brink of a famous victory. But ultimately, he was run out and RR fell short by 4 runs.

1. Chris Gayle – 30 balls versus Pune Warriors India

Chris Gayle vs PWI
Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle‘s knock for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against the now-defunct Pune Warriors India (PWI) stands till date as arguably the greatest knock played in T20 cricket history. Put in to bat first at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, the Jamaican hit sixes at will and batted like he could do no wrong.

He reached his 100 in just 30 balls and ended on 175* in 66 balls as RCB notched up 263 runs on the board with help from a quick-fire thirty from AB de Villiers. In reply, PWI could manage only 133 runs as Steve Smith waged a lone battle.

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