The ICC ODI World Cup has witnessed batters light up the stage with their incredible centuries. Many batters have smashed centuries, but a few have scored hundreds in fewer balls.

Batters like Glenn Maxwell, Aiden Markram, Kevin O’Brien, and AB de Villiers have shown their batting prowess and hit the fastest centuries in the 50-over tournament.

In this article, let’s take a look at the batters who have smashed the fastest centuries in ODI World Cup history.

Fastest Centuries in ODI World Cup

PlayerBalls Taken for 100Final ScoreAgainstVenueDate
Glenn Maxwell (AUS)40106NetherlandsDelhi25 Oct 2023
Aiden Markram (SA)49106Sri LankaDelhi07 Oct 2023
Kevin O’Brien (IRE)50113EnglandBengaluru02 Mar 2011
Glenn Maxwell (AUS)51102Sri LankaSydney08 Mar 2015
AB de Villiers (SA)52162West IndiesSydney27 Feb 2015
Eoin Morgan (ENG)57162AfghanistanManchester18 Jun 2019
Travis Head (AUS)59109New ZealandDharamsala28 Oct 2023
Heinrich Klaasen (SA)61109EnglandWankhede21 Oct 2023
KL Rahul (IND)62102NetherlandsBengaluru12 Nov 2023
Rohit Sharma (IND)63131AfghanistanDelhi11 Oct 2023
Fakhar Zaman (PAK)63126*New ZealandBengaluru04 Nov 2023
Kusal Mendis (SL)65122PakistanHyderabad10 Oct 2023
Matthew Hayden (AUS)66101South AfricaBasseterre24 Mar 2007
John Davison (CAN)67111West IndiesCenturion23 Feb 2003
Shreyas Iyer (IND)67105New ZealandWankhede15 Nov 2023
Paul Stirling (IRE)70101NetherlandsKolkata18 Mar 2011
Kumar Sangakkara (SL)70117EnglandWellington01 Mar 2015

Key Insights from the above table

40: Australia’s middle-order batter, Glenn Maxwell, went berserk against the Netherlands in Delhi and smashed the fastest century in the ODI World Cup. Maxwell reached his hundred in just 40 balls, and his knock of 106 off 44 balls came at a staggering strike rate of 240.90. Moreover, this innings also features in the list of fastest centuries in the 50-over format.

2: Maxwell has also notched up 2 hundreds in less than 60 balls, and he is the only batter to achieve this feat. His other ton came in 51 balls against Sri Lanka in Sydney.

5: The 2023 ODI World Cup has witnessed the most number of fastest centuries (5), with 3 of them coming at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. Apart from Maxwell’s ton, South Africa’s Aiden Markram (49 balls) and India’s captain Rohit Sharma (63 balls) hammered the fastest hundreds in Delhi.

113: Kevin O’Brien’s 113 runs helped Ireland clinch one of the highest run chases in the tournament’s history. Ireland chased down the mammoth total of 328 set by England with 3 wickets in hand.

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52: South Africa’s Mr. 360, AB de Villiers, smashed 100 runs off 52 balls against the West Indies in the 2015 edition. But he didn’t stop there and went on to score the fastest 150 in ODIs, surpassing the mark in 64 balls.

17: England captain Eoin Morgan’s knock of 162 runs against Afghanistan was studded with 17 huge sixes. This is the most sixes smashed by a batsman in an ODI innings.

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