Fastest Century in Test: The Beginning of Bazball

Updated on: Jul 3, 2023 6:27 pm IST

Fastest Century in Test

We look at the Fastest Century in Test and the extraordinary batting performances that rewrote the history books.

Fastest Century in Test

Balls Player Match Location Season
54 Brendon McCullum New Zealand vs Australia Christchurch 2015/16
56 Viv Richards West Indies vs England St John’s 1985/86
56 Misbah-ul-Haq Pakistan vs Australia Abu Dhabi 2014/15
57 Adam Gilchrist Australia vs England Perth 2006/07

1. Brendon McCullum – 54 Balls

Brendon McCullum, the explosive New Zealand batsman, etched his name in cricketing folklore during a match against Australia in Christchurch during the 2015/16 season. In a display of sheer aggression and audacity, McCullum reached his century in a mere 54 balls, setting a new benchmark for the fastest century in Test cricket. His assault on the Australian bowling attack left spectators in awe, as he unleashed a flurry of boundaries and sixes. It was indeed the beginning of Bazball!

2. Viv Richards – 56 Balls

The legendary Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, often hailed as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, showcased his extraordinary talent during a Test match against England in St John’s during the 1985/86 season. Richards blazed his way to a century off just 56 balls, leaving the English bowlers helpless and the cricketing world in awe of his prowess. His innings was characterized by breathtaking stroke play and an unwavering determination to dominate the opposition.

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3. Misbah-ul-Haq – 56 Balls

Misbah-ul-Haq, the experienced Pakistani batsman known for his calm demeanor, surprised everyone with his blistering century against Australia in Abu Dhabi during the 2014/15 season. Taking only 56 balls to reach the milestone, Misbah defied his usual patient approach and unleashed an array of attacking shots. His innings not only showcased his adaptability but also demonstrated his ability to seize the moment and play with utmost aggression when required.

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4. Adam Gilchrist – 57 Balls

Adam Gilchrist, the dynamic Australian wicketkeeper-batsman, set a new benchmark for fast-paced centuries during a Test match against England in Perth during the 2006/07 season. Known for his destructive batting style, Gilchrist reached his century in just 57 balls, leaving the English bowlers bewildered and the crowd enthralled. His innings was an exhibition of clean hitting and aggressive stroke play, reinforcing his reputation as one of the most destructive batsmen of his era.

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