World Cup 2023 – 5 Batters Likely to Rewrite Fastest Century Record

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Cricket fans in India are excitedly following the ODI World Cup 2023. The matches in World Cup 2023 will likely be a run-fest, thanks to plenty of flat tracks. It means one thing: matches will be high-scoring, and there are great opportunities for some players who can go for a smash job with the bat in their hands.

5 Five Batters Who Can Break the Fastest ODI Hundred Record

The fastest ODI World Cup century has come from Kevin O’Brien, who, playing against England, smashed a century in 50 balls. The fastest-ever ODI century was scored by South Africa’s AB de Villiers, who hit a century in just 31 balls. Now, it needs to be seen if any of the five we have named in the list can break the record of De Villiers or even O’Brien.

Here are the five players who could set a new record for the fastest hundred in ODIs or World Cup history: 

  1. Harry Brook
  2. Heinrich Klaasen
  3. Suryakumar Yadav
  4. Jonny Bairstow 
  5. Glenn Maxwell

Harry Brook 

Harry Brook is one of the most fearless batters in the world. Coming out to bat at four, he will have many overs to settle before he goes after the bowlers. He has a strike rate close to 100, so he doesn’t play the waiting game. 

The Yorkshire has all the shots in the armory, finding gaps behind square, but he is ruthless on the off-side. Brook will be keen to make his opportunities count in his maiden ODI World Cup adventure. 

Heinrich Klaasen

The South African middle-order batter can effortlessly change gears, and a good example could be his innings against Australia in Centurion recently, where he scored fifty in 38 balls and then pushed the accelerator with ease. He would end up at 174 on just 83 balls.

Klaasen’s strike rate shows what he is capable of, which is over 110. If he can live up to the recent terror unleashed on Aussie bowlers, he might break his fellow citizens’ record at the World Cup.

Suryakumar Yadav

Known as Mr. 360 Degree, Suryakumar Yadav is not your ordinary middle-class batter. The Mumbai Indians cricketer doesn’t need many balls to go for the kill. He can do it from ball one. It is the reason that he has so many centuries in T20 cricket. 

You need someone like Surya who can reach a hundred before the 30th ball to break De Villiers’ record. He can play shots from a 360-degree angle, making it possible to find gaps in the field anywhere. 

Jonny Bairstow

Being an opener, England’s Jonny Bairstow will have 50 overs and, therefore, can take his time to settle down. However, he will have to go from ball one if he wants to break the fastest ODI hundred record. And Bairstow is perfectly capable of that. 

With excellent hand-eye coordination and hitting power, he is more than capable of breaching that mark. It is just impossible to stop the Englishman if he gets his eye in early on. The  Barmy Army would love that. 

Glenn Maxwell (Australia)

Maxwell has one of the best strike rates in 50-over cricket. The Australian batter has the record for the second-fastest hundred in the ODI World Cup, which came in just 51 balls against Sri Lanka in the 2015 ODI World Cup. 

The 35-year-old  knows how to go after bowling and wants to better his record. Against weaker opponents, Maxwell will go for the kill and do what he did in the 2015 ODI World Cup, and there is every chance he could topple De Villiers. 

Concluding Thoughts

The five batters mentioned above have incredible hand power and can effortlessly find gaps in the field. For this reason, if someone can break the record for the fastest ODI hundred, it could be one among these five. 

Also Read : 5 Afghanistan Players to Watch Out for World Cup 2023

FAQs about 5 Batters Likely to Rewrite Fastest Century Record

Who has the record for the fastest ODI century?

AB de Villiers has the record for the fastest century in ODIs. He reached the hundred in just 31 balls against West Indies in 2015.

Which player has scored the fastest hundred in an ODI World Cup?

Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien has scored a 51-ball hundred against England in the 2011 World Cup, which was the quickest in the 50-over World Cup history.