The fastest century in cricket history: Chris Gayle hits a ton off 30 balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore in Indian Premier League

West Indian hammers highest ever individual T20 score of 175 not out in brutal IPL innings

Chris Gayle tends to inspire dread among bowlers but even Pune Warriors' attack can have had no inkling of the scale of what was about to happen. The West Indian opener smashed a century off only 30 balls for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, the fastest in Twenty20 cricket, then went on to reach 175 not out, the highest individual score in the format. And he hit a record 17 sixes. In typical Gayle fashion, he hardly broke into a sweat.

"I'm lost for words. It was just one of those days. It's a good wicket and I started well," Gayle said. "I got a good total. I can't say it's a decent total – it's a good total."

Since the advent of T20 cricket the game has been revolutionised by big-hitting exploits to the point where bowlers must wonder why they bother to turn up. But even so, scoring at more than three runs per ball is astonishing in any estimation. The fastest recorded hundred in terms of balls faced had been 34, by David Hookes in a first-class match for South Australia in 1982, and by another big Aussie, Andrew Symonds, for Kent at the tiny Maidstone ground in a T20 bash in 2004.

Pune had been an ambitious side in this year's IPL. Their owners had spent £240m on the franchise and Michael Clarke was supposed to lead them until he was forced to withdraw because of a back injury. He avoided the ignominy – where might that have left the fragile Australian psyche? – and fellow Aussie Aaron Finch was already the side's third captain in this tournament.

But Finch might not have been too concerned, having seen Gayle's previous innings in the IPL: 49 not out in 17.5 overs. Actually he might have been more worried about Gayle's opening partner, Tillakaratne Dilshan, the Sri Lankan whose thrilling innovations including the ramp shot have made him one of the world's most dangerous batsman. Dilshan contributed an almost sedate 33 off 36 balls in a first-wicket stand of 167. England's Luke Wright had him caught in the deep and he tried to rouse his team-mates. Then the next over went for 29.

In fact it had been an uneventful start; three runs came from the first over. But Gayle had got his eye in, and he hit the first two balls of the next over to the boundary. Then it rained and there was a delay of 33 minutes. The left-hander may have got bored during the interruption because he came out and hit three more fours in the over.

Gayle actually eased up towards the end of his innings, South African AB de Villiers taking up the cudgels to make 31 off eight balls as the hosts posted a record Twenty20 score of 263 for 5. Yuvraj Singh tried to grab Gayle's bat off him afterwards, while Wright walked away with highly respectable figures. But he could not fire with the bat as Pune managed only 133 for 9 in reply.

Gayle even picked up two wickets in his only over of gentle off-spin, the last of the match. He still had enough energy to perform his Gangnam-style jig; sometimes it's just your day. Except Chris Gayle seems to have a lot of them.

 

Get Adobe Flash player

 



Hundreds in a hurry: Fastest centuries

30 balls

Chris Gayle Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors, IPL, 23 April 2013

34 balls

Andrew Symonds Kent v 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 v Sri Lanka, ODI, 4 October 1996

Scott Styris Sussex v Gloucs, Twenty20 Cup, 24 July 2012

Yusuf Pathan Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians, IPL, 13 March 2010

News
Denny Miller in 1959 remake of Tarzan, the Ape Man
people
Arts and Entertainment
Cheryl despairs during the arena auditions
tvX Factor review: Drama as Cheryl and Simon spar over girl band

News
Piers Morgan tells Scots they might not have to suffer living on the same island as him if they vote ‘No’ to Scottish Independence
news
News
i100Exclusive interview with the British analyst who helped expose Bashar al-Assad's use of Sarin gas
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
Angel Di Maria celebrates his first goal for Manchester United against QPR
Football4-0 victory is team's first win under new manager Louis van Gaal
Arts and Entertainment
art
News
newsIn short, yes
Arts and Entertainment
Rob James-Collier, who plays under-butler Thomas Barrow, admitted to suffering sleepless nights over the Series 5 script
tv'Thomas comes right up to the abyss', says the actor
Arts and Entertainment
Calvin Harris claimed the top spot in this week's single charts
music
Sport
BoxingVideo: The incident happened in the very same ring as Tyson-Holyfield II 17 years ago
News
Groundskeeper Willie has backed Scottish independence in a new video
people
Arts and Entertainment
The Doctor poses the question of whether we are every truly alone in 'Listen'
tvReview: Possibly Steven Moffat's most terrifying episode to date
News
i100
Life and Style
Cara Delevigne at the TopShop Unique show during London Fashion Week
fashion
News
The life-sized tribute to Amy Winehouse was designed by Scott Eaton and was erected at the Stables Market in Camden
peopleBut quite what the singer would have made of her new statue...
Sport
England's Andy Sullivan poses with his trophy and an astronaut after winning a trip to space
sport
News
peopleThe actress has agreed to host the Met Gala Ball - but not until 2015
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week
The fall of Rome? Cash-strapped Italy accused of selling its soul to the highest bidder

The fall of Rome?

Italy's fears that corporate-sponsored restoration projects will lead to the Disneyfication of its cultural heritage
Glasgow girl made good

Glasgow girl made good

Kelly Macdonald was a waitress when she made Trainspotting. Now she’s taking Manhattan
Sequins ahoy as Strictly Come Dancing takes to the floor once more

Sequins ahoy as Strictly takes to the floor once more

Judy Murray, Frankie Bridge and co paired with dance partners
Wearable trainers and other sporty looks

Wearable trainers and other sporty looks

Alexander Wang pumps it up at New York Fashion Week
The landscape of my imagination

The landscape of my imagination

Author Kate Mosse on the place that taught her to tell stories