The IPL is never bereft of knocks from batsmen that are fast, furious and belligerent. Every season we see countless whirlwind knocks from different batsmen. Hence, as we eagerly await the 10th edition of the championship, it is a good time to look back at the five fastest hundreds in IPL history that simply blew us away.
5. 43 balls – AB de Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
v Gujarat Lions, Bengaluru, IPL 2016
After an uneven tournament initially, AB de Villiers of RCB finally showed his best in this match against the Gujarat Lions. Starting cautiously and then gradually displaying the full range of his 360-degree play, De Villiers crafted the most beautiful and wondrous hundred. De Villiers reached his hundred off only 43 balls and ended up scoring a majestic 129 off 52 balls with 10 fours and 12 sixes. This was truly ABD at his classiest best.
4. 42 balls – Adam Gilchrist (Deccan Chargers)
v Mumbai Indians, Mumbai, IPL 2008
In the very first season of the IPL, legendary Australian wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist showed what he is capable of. Chasing 155 for victory, Gilchrist unleashed his best with some trademark cuts, pulls and drives that scorched every nook and cranny of the stadium. Gilchrist raced away to a blistering 42-ball hundred that helped his team win the match with eight overs to spare.
3. 38 balls – David Miller (Kings XI Punjab)
v Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mohali, IPL 2013:
Chasing an improbable 190 against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab were tottering at 64-4. But then Miller came in next and changed the course of the game with his clean and magnificent striking. He hit some cracking boundaries and towering sixes to reach a sensational hundred off a mere 38 balls and took his side to victory with two overs to spare.
2. 37 balls – Yusuf Pathan (Rajasthan Royals)
v Mumbai Indians, Mumbai, IPL 2010
Chasing a mammoth 213 for victory, Rajasthan Royals were in dire straits at 66-4. In walked Yusuf Pathan and smashed the most sensational of hundreds the league has ever seen. With utter disdain, Pathan simply walloped each and every bowler while wielding his bat like a club. He raced to his century of just 37 balls – then the fastest in the league – and got out immediately after. Although Rajasthan lost the match by 4 runs, it was one of the best counter-attacking knocks ever in the IPL.
1. 30 balls – Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
v Pune Warriors, Bengaluru, IPL 2013
Chris Gayle has always been one of the most dangerous batsmen in the IPL. On this day, Gayle went completely berserk and smashed the hapless Pune bowlers to every inch of the Bengaluru stadium. He toyed with the bowlers and gave them no respect to reach an extraordinary hundred off just 30 balls - the fastest hundred ever in the IPL. It will take a herculean task to get even close to this unbelievable effort. Perhaps only Gayle himself will overhaul it someday.