With the introduction of T20 cricket, batsmen have changed their outlook towards ODIs and Test matches and score at a rapid pace. Scoring a century in an international match is always glorious for any batsman in the world, but the satisfaction is immense when the hundred comes in a Test match.
Runs are scored comparatively slower in Tests compared to ODIs and T20s, but world cricket has always had aggressive players who made test hundreds in quick time. Recently, Brendon McCullum scored the fastest century in Test history ever, a 54-ball effort that broke the record jointly held by Viv Richards and Misbah-ul-Haq.
India is also popular for producing aggressive batsmen over the years. Here we take a look at the top five fastest Test century made by an Indian batsman.
#5 Kapil Dev – 86 Balls
Former Indian skipper, Kapil Dev, popularly known as ‘Haryana Hurricane’ for his aggressive style of batting is one of the most successful all-rounders India has ever produced. As a bowler, he took more than four hundred wickets in his entire Test career.
On 1st February 1981, India played a Test match against England at Kanpur. England made 378 runs in the 1st innings, English legend Ian Botham with a century India made 377 runs in the 2nd innings with the help of Kapil Dev’s quickfire knock of 116 runs.
Kapil Dev took just 86 balls to make it to his ton. In his 173 minutes of innings, he faced a total 98 balls and smashed 16 fours and 2 sixes with a strike rate of 118.36.
Though the match ended in a draw, India won the 6-match series 1-0 and Kapil Dev was the Player of the Tournament in that Test series.