By Ashok Kumar Shaw
Jos Butler cracked a ton off 46 balls to power England to 355/5 and help his team post an 84-run win over Pakistan in the fourth ODI at Abu Dhabi. This was the eighth fastest ton made in ODI cricket. Cricwizz takes a look at some of the statistics concerning fastest tons in ODI cricket.
The fastest ton in ODI cricket, recorded since the start of this format was by former Pakistani cricketer Zaheer Abbas at Lahore off 76 balls against Sri Lanka. Zaheer made the final individual score of 123 with the help of 3 sixes and 15 fours.
Former Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya was the first player to score a ton in ODI within 50 balls. He made a ton off just 48 balls with 11 fours and 11 sixes in his knock of 134 against Pakistan in Singapore in April 2, 1996.
The same year, Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, a 16-year-old then, broke Jayasuriya’s record of fastest ton by cracking a ton off 37 balls against Sri Lanka in October 4, 1996 at Nairobi. Afridi’s 102 comprised 11 sixes and 6 fours.
Nine years later, Afridi scored another ton within 50 balls when he struck a century off 45 balls against India at Kanpur, April 15, 2005. Afridi ended up with identical score of 102 with the help of 9 sixes and 10 fours.
Afridi’s record of fastest century off 37 balls stood close to two decades before it was finally broken on January 1, 2014 by New Zealand player Corey Anderson who made a ton off 36 balls against West Indies in Queenstown. Anderson’s knock of 131 not out consisted of 14 sixes and 6 fours.
A year later, this record was broken by South African batsman AB de Villiers who smashed a ton off just 31 balls against West Indies in Johannesburg on January 18, 2015. AB’s knock of 149 comprised 16 sixes and 9 fours.
Jos Butler’s ton in 46 balls against Pakistan in the fourth ODI at Abu Dhabi on November 20, 2015 was the eight fastest in terms of balls. Butler scored 116 not out with 8 sixes and 10 fours.
There have been only 10 instances when a ton has been scored with 50 or more balls in ODI cricket. It features two South Africans, 2 New Zealand players, one player each from Sri Lanka, England, Pakistan, West Indies and Ireland.
In the list of 10 fastest centuries, only two centuries have come while chasing, with both ending in a winning cause. Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi’s knock of 102 (45 balls) against India in 2005 and Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien’s 113 (50 balls) against England in 2011 came during a successful chase.
Virat Kohli has scored the fastest ton for India, scoring a century off 52 balls against Australia in Jaipur on October 16, 2013. His score of 100 not out had 7 sixes and 8 fours.
The previous record of fastest century by an Indian cricketer was held by Virender Sehwag who scored a ton off 60 balls against New Zealand in Hamilton on March 11, 2009. Sehwag’s knock of 125 not out comprised 6 sixes and 14 fours.
In the list of 20 fastest centuries in ODI cricket, South African batsman AB de Villiers’ name comes four times, the most by any international cricketer.