Chris Gayle, the West Indies opener, hit the fastest ever century in the history of cricket by reaching 100 in merely 30 balls during Royal Challengers Bangalore-Pune Warriors IPL match on 23 April 2013.
Gayle scored a total run of 175 runs in merely 66 balls, which included 17 sixes and 13 boundaries. It is important to note that this is the most number of runs scored in any T20 innings. This was also his fourth century in the IPL career.
With Gayle’s performance, the total score Royal Challengers Bangalore was 263 for five, which is one of the highest total in this format of the game. Previously, the highest total in this format was 260 by Sri Lanka.
Jamaican Chris Gayle also became the highest-ever individual scorer in a T20 game, beating Kolkata Knight Riders' Brendon McCullum who had hit 158 off 73 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi holds the record of fastest century in ODI (37 balls) and Viv Richards is the record-holders for fastest century (56 balls) in the Test cricket history.
The previous record holders of fastest centuries are as follows:
• 30 balls: Chris Gayle, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Pune Warriors, IPL, 23 April 2013
• 34 balls: Andrew Symonds, Kent vs. Middlesex, Twenty20 Cup, 2 July 2004
• 35 balls: Louis van der Westhuizen, Namibia v Kenya, unofficial T20 international, 7 November 2011
• 37 balls: Shahid Afridi, Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka, ODI, 4 October 1996
• 37 balls: Scott Styris, Sussex vs. Gloucs, Twenty20 Cup, 24 July 2012
• 37 balls: Yusuf Pathan, Rajasthan Royals vs. Mumbai Indians, IPL, 13 March 2010