Sir Vivian Richards, the legendary West Indies batsman, set a world record for the fastest century in Test cricket on this day in 1986, which remained unbroken for 30 years. Richards scored a stormy century in just 56 balls in a Test match against England on 15 April 1986 His record stood for 30 years, but in 2016 the record of Richards was smashed.
One-day cricket had begun even before the 1980s, but in that decade no one thought that someone can score a century in a Test match with a strike of nearly 200. In 1921,Jack Gregory had scored a century in Test cricket in 67 balls in just 70 minutes batting. Caribbean veteran Richards broke his record.
After being dismissed for 26 runs in the first innings, when Richards came out to bat in the second innings, he had the ghost of smacking England bowlers in his head. Richards scored a century in 56 balls and returned unbeaten after playing an innings of 110 runs in 58 balls. After this, West Indies declared the innings at Antiga ground at the score of 246/2 and won the match by 240 runs. Until 2016, it was a world record in the longest form of cricket.
In 2016, Richards’ record was broken by New Zealand team captain Brayden McCullum. McCullum scored a century against Australia in 54 balls at Christchurch ground. However, in 2014, Pakistan’s team player Misbah-ul-Haq had matched Richards’ record, but could not break it.