5 Indian batsmen have scored centuries in less than 50 balls in T20I, SKY has done this feat 3 times

Orhan Wadia
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New Delhi. Abhishek Sharma played explosive batting in the second match of the 5-match T20 series against Zimbabwe on Sunday and scored a century in just 46 balls. Thanks to this explosive innings, Team India, adorned with young players, won by 100 runs over Zimbabwe (India Vs Zimbabwe) and leveled the 5 T20 match series 1-1. Left-handed opener Abhishek hit seven fours and eight sixes in his innings and his strike rate was 212.76. You will be surprised to know that despite this excellent performance, Abhishek's innings is not India's fastest century in the T20I format.

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The record for scoring the fastest century for India in T20 International is in the name of Rohit Sharma, who scored a century in 35 balls against Sri Lanka in 2017. Talking about the countries playing Test, the record for scoring the fastest century in T20 International is jointly held by Rohit and South Africa's David Miller. Both have achieved this feat in 35-35 balls. Miller scored a century in 35 balls against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom on 29 October 2017.

Let's take a look at the Indian batsmen who have scored centuries in less than 50 balls.

Rohit Sharma: 35 balls (vs Sri Lanka, 2017)
Rohit Sharma loves batting against Sri Lanka. The 'Hitman' made the highest score in ODI cricket history (264 runs, November 2014) against the Sri Lankan team. Three years later, on 22 December 2017, he scored a century in 35 balls in T20 against the same team. In this match played in Indore, Rohit scored 118 runs (strike rate 274.41) in 43 balls with the help of 12 fours and 10 sixes. The record for scoring the most centuries in T20I is jointly held by Rohit Sharma and Australia's Glenn Maxwell (5-5 centuries).

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Suryakumar Yadav: 45 balls (vs Sri Lanka, 2023)
After Rohit Sharma, Surya Kumar Yadav is the second fastest player to score a century in T20 Internationals for India, who scored a century in 45 balls against Sri Lanka in 2023. On 7 January 2023 in Rajkot, he scored an unbeaten 112 runs (strike rate 219.60) in 51 balls with the help of 7 fours and 9 sixes.

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KL Rahul: 46 balls (against West Indies, 2016)

Although KL Rahul is not a part of the Indian T20 team at the moment, he holds the record for scoring the third fastest century (along with Abhishek Sharma) for India in the T20 format. On 27 August 2016, he scored a century in 46 balls against West Indies at Lauderhill. In this match, Rahul scored 110 runs in 51 balls at a strike rate of 215.68, which included 12 fours and 5 sixes. Rahul has scored two centuries in T20.

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Abhishek Sharma: 46 balls (vs Zimbabwe, 2024)

In the current T20 series against Zimbabwe, 23-year-old Abhishek Sharma equaled Rahul's record by scoring a century in 46 balls. In this match held in Harare, Abhishek scored a full 100 runs. After completing the century in 46 balls with the help of 7 fours and 8 sixes, he was out on the very next ball by Masakadza.

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Suryakumar Yadav: 48 balls (vs England, 2022)
Sky, who has scored 4 centuries in T20 Internationals, scored a century in 48 balls in Nottingham in 2022. On 10 July 2022, he played a brilliant innings of 117 runs in 55 balls at a strike rate of 212.72, which included 14 fours and 6 sixes.

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Yashasvi Jaiswal: 48 balls (vs Nepal, 2023)

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Apart from 'Surya', Yashasvi Jaiswal has also achieved the feat of scoring a century in 48 balls in T20 International. Left-handed batsman Yashasvi scored a century in 48 balls against Nepal in the Asian Games to be held in Hangzhou on 3 October 2023. Like Abhishek Sharma, after scoring a century, he became the victim of Dhirendra Singh Airee on the very next ball. His innings of 49 balls included 8 fours and 7 sixes, during which his strike rate was 204.08.

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Suryakumar Yadav: 49 balls (vs New Zealand, 2022)
Suryakumar Yadav scored a century in 49 balls in the match played at Mount Maunganui under the T20 series against New Zealand. On 20 November 2022, he scored an unbeaten 111 runs in 51 balls with the help of 11 fours and 7 sixes at a strike rate of 217.64.

Apart from these, India's Rituraj Gaikwad (52 balls), Virat Kohli (53 balls), Shubman Gill (54 balls), Deepak Hooda (55 balls) and Suresh Raina (59 balls) have also scored centuries in T20. Raina was the first batsman from India to score a century in T20I.

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Estonia's Sahil scored the fastest century in T20 International
The record for scoring the overall fastest century in T20I is held by Estonia's Indian-origin batsman Sahil Chauhan. He scored a century off 27 balls against Cyprus in June this year. In this match, Sahil scored 144 runs off 41 balls at a strike rate of 351.21, which included 6 fours and 18 sixes. Namibia's Jan Nicole Lofty Eaton is second by scoring a century off 33 balls and Nepal's Kushal Malla is third by scoring a century off 34 balls. Eaton achieved this feat against Nepal in 2024 itself, while Malla achieved this feat against Mongolia in 2023. It is followed by South Africa's David Miller, India's Rohit Sharma and Czech Republic's Sri Lankan-origin batsman Sudesh Wickramasekara. All three have scored centuries off 35-35 balls.

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