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Fastest Test Centuries

Sr. No.
Name
Balls
For
Against
Venue
Year
Result
1
Brendon McCullum
54
New Zealand
Australia
Christchurch
2015/16
Lost by 7 wickets
2
Vivian Richards
56
West Indies
England
St John’s
1985/86
Won by 240 runs
3
Misbah-ul-Haq
56
Pakistan
Australia
Abu Dhabi
2014/15
Won by 356 runs
4
Adam Gilchrist
57
Australia
England
Perth
2006/07
Won by 206 runs
5
Jack Gregory
67
Australia
South Africa
Johannesburg
1921/22
Drawn
6
Shivnarine Chanderpaul
69
West Indies
Australia
Georgetown
2002/03
Lost by 9 wickets
7
David Warner
69
Australia
India
Perth
2011/12
Won by innings and 37 runs
8
Chris Gayle
70
West Indies
Australia
Perth
2009/10
Won by 35 runs
9
Roy Fredericks
71
West Indies
Australia
Perth
1975/76
Won by innings and 87 runs
10
Colin de Grandhomme
71
New Zealand
West Indies
Wellington
2017/18
Won by innings and 67 runs
11
Majid Khan
74
Pakistan
New Zealand
Karachi
1976/77
Drawn
12
Kapil Dev
74
India
Sri Lanka
Kanpur
1986/87
Drawn
13
Mohammad Azharuddin
74
India
South Africa
Calcutta
1996/97
Lost by 329 runs
14
Brendon McCullum
74
New Zealand
Sri Lanka
Christchurch
2014/15
Won by 8 wickets
15
AB de Villiers
75
South Africa
India
Centurion
2010/11
Won by innings and 25 runs
16
Gilbert Jessop
76
England
Australia
The Oval
1902
Won by 1 wicket
17
Brian Lara
77
West Indies
Pakistan
Multan Cricket Stadium
2006/07
Drawn
18
Shahid Afridi
78
Pakistan
West Indies
Bridgetown
2004/05
Lost by 276 runs
19
Shahid Afridi
78
Pakistan
India
Lahore
2005/06
Drawn
20
Virender Sehwag
78
India
West Indies
Gros Islet
2006
Drawn
21
Brendon McCullum
78
New Zealand
Pakistan
Sharjah
2014/15
Won by innings and 80 runs
22
David Warner
78
Australia
Pakistan
Sydney
2016/17
Won by 220 runs
23
Chris Gayle
79
West Indies
South Africa
Cape Town
2003/04
Drawn
24
Chris Gayle
80
West Indies
England
Kennington Oval
2004
Lost by 10 wickets
25
Sarfraz Ahmed
80
Pakistan
Australia
Dubai Sports City Stadium
2014/15
Won by 221 runs
26
Mahela Jayawardene
81
Sri Lanka
Bangladesh
Sinhalese Sports Club Ground
2001/02
Won by innings and 137 runs
27
Kamran Akmal
81
Pakistan
India
Lahore
2005/06
Drawn
28
Ross Taylor
81
New Zealand
Australia
Hamilton
2009/10
Lost by 176 runs
29
Brian Lara
82
West Indies
Australia
St. John’s
1998/99
Lost by 176 runs
30
Daniel Vettori
82
New Zealand
Zimbabwe
Harare
2005/06
Won by innings and 294 runs
31
David Warner
82
Australia
West Indies
Sydney
2015/16
Drawn
32
Bruce Taylor
83
New Zealand
West Indies
Auckland
1968/69
Lost by 5 wickets
33
Adam Gilchrist
84
Australia
India
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
2000/01
Won by 10 wickets
34
Adam Gilchrist
84
Australia
Zimbabwe
Perth
2003/04
Won by innings and 175 runs
35
Matthew Hayden
84
Australia
Zimbabwe
Sydney
2003/04
Won by 9 wickets
36
Clive Lloyd
85
West Indies
India
Bangalore
1974/75
Won by 267 runs
37
Shikhar Dhawan
85
India
Australia
Mohali
2012/13
Won by 6 wickets
38
Ben Stokes
85
England
New Zealand
Lord’s
2015
Won by 124 runs
39
Ian Botham
86
England
Australia
Old Trafford, Manchester
1981
Won by 103 runs
40
Kapil Dev
86
India
England
Modi Stadium, Kanpur
1981/82
Drawn
41
Chris Cairns
86
New Zealand
Zimbabwe
Auckland
1995/96
Drawn
42
Wasim Akram
86
Pakistan
Sri Lanka
Galle
2000
Won by innings and 163 runs
43
Adam Gilchrist
86
Australia
New Zealand
Wellington
2004/05
Drawn
44
Mitchell Johnson
86
Australia
South Africa
Cape Town
2008/09
Lost by innings and 20 runs
45
Hardik Pandya
86
India
Sri Lanka
Pallekele
2017
Won by innings and 171 runs
46
Ian Botham
87
England
Australia
Leeds
1981
Won by 18 runs
47
Mohammad Azharuddin
87
India
England
Lord’s
1990
Lost by 247 runs
48
Virender Sehwag
87
India
Sri Lanka
Galle
2008
Won by 170 runs
49
Virender Sehwag
87
India
South Africa
Kolkata
2009/10
Won by innings and 57 runs
50
Hashim Amla
87
South Africa
Australia
Perth
2012/13

Won by 309 runs


In the list of 50 fastest Test centuries ever, there are only 15 of them which were scored before the year 2000. The game has picked up speed and batsmen nowadays score at a pace much higher than what the batsmen of earlier generations used to score. This has resulted in such a difference in the instances on the list.


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The effect of T20 cricket can be seen in the ODI and Test formats as well. While this has resulted in high scoring matches, test matches last for about four days on an average and the percentage of drawn tests has been reduced.


With the ever-increasing pace of the game, more number of faster centuries will enter this list in the near future.


The quick centuries that have been scored even when the conditions didn’t force them, do not impress the purists, but can be a catalyst to attract people’s interest in the format. With the longer format being endangered, this can prove to be on the advantageous side for Test cricket.

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