‘Records are meant to be broken’ and AB De Villiers has not only made a new record but also has sent out a warning in advance for his opponents ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. The South Africa skipper AB de Villiers smashed the fastest hundred in history of One Day Internationals (ODI) to eclipse previous record-holder Corey Anderson of New Zealand. De Villiers took just 31 balls during the second match against West Indies at Johannesburg. We take a look at the five fastest centuries made in the history of One Day Internationals. Also Read: AB de Villiers scores fastest ODI ton: Top 5 funny Twitter reactions
1-AB De Villiers 100 off 31 South Africa vs West Indies, 2015
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West Indies would have least expected such an assault, especially after taking the Twenty20 series in style but Proteas skipper AB De Villiers had some other ideas in mind. De Villiers was in such rage that he almost knocked down the record of fastest 150 score but he fell at 149 runs off 44 deliveries. The innings was full of records and landmarks as he first reached the fastest half-century off 16 balls. The best batsman in world at present then raced to his century that included eight boundaries and 11 sixes. He also equalled the record 16 sixes hit by Rohit Sharma during his knock of 209 against Australia in 2013.
2-Corey Anderson 100 off 36 New Zealand v West Indies, 2014
West Indies are quite a generous side for they remained the side under attack by Kiwis all-rounder Corey Anderson in Queenstown. During third match of West Indies in New Zealand ODI Series, then 23-year-old Anderson hit world’s fastest century of the time in 36 deliveries. Corey in company of Jesse Ryder finished with 131 from 47 balls including 14 sixes and six fours. In a rain-marred match, Kiwis scored 283 at the loss of four wickets in just 21 overs registering a 159-run victory.
3-Shahid Afridi 100 off 37 Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1996
Boom Boom! This man literally set the stage on fire when he blasted sub-continent side Sri Lanka in 1996. A naturally aggressive batsman, young Afridi etched his name in the cricketing world with style as he blasted 100 off 37 deliveries. It was his first century finishing with 102 runs off 40 including 6 fours and 11 sixes. This unpredictable batsman has several records against his name – including most number of sixes in ODI and scoring maximum(32) runs in one over.
4-Mark Boucher 100 off 44 South Africa v Zimbabwe, 2006
This list includes another South African native, wicket-keeper batsman Boucher who made quickfire 100 in 44 deliveries against Zimbabwe in 2006. In his marvellous innings, he hammered opposition’s hapless Justice Chibhabha for 26 runs off an over. He finished with 147 not out off 68 balls as South Africa reached 5-418 for five.
5-Brian Lara 100 off 45 West Indies v Bangladesh, 1999
The legendary West Indian showed his class in One Day Internationals (ODI) against Bangladesh in 1999. He scored then world record holding 45 deliveries century after promoting himself to open the innings for a morally down Indies side. He finished with 62 ball 117 to take West Indies to 341 for 6. His innings included 18 boundaries and four sixes.
AB De Villiers is South Africa’s most prized man and the veteran is looked up to as the best batsman of the modern day cricket. After being hailed around the world by former and present cricketers, De Villiers will definitely be the most watched out player in the coming ICC World Cup 2015 starting from February 14 in Australia and New Zealand.