Indian Premier League

All 16 Seasons Fastest Individual Century Each Year in IPL

Chris Gayle, the standout as we look at the fastest century scored by a player in each IPL season from 2008 to 2023. 

The Indian Premier League as a tournament has seen a total of 83 hundreds in its 16 years of existence; that’s roughly 5 hundreds every year. Of these 16 years, 2022 has been the most productive with 8 centuries in that year. Whereas 2009 has been the least productive year with only 2 centuries in that year.

Overall, Chris Gayle and recent addition Virat Kohli have hit the most number of centuries in IPL with 6 to their name. But how about the fastest century in the Indian Premier League each season? Well, that’s exactly what we would look at as we find out the fastest century in each IPL season from 2008 to 2023.

Please note, we would only be considering the fastest century of that particular year, so there could be a few centuries with fewer balls in that year that could miss out. Alright then, let’s get to it.

Fastest Century in Each IPL Season From 2008 to 2023

2008 – Adam Gilchrist vs MI – 42 balls

Final Score: 109*(47) // 4s: 9 // 6s: 10 // SR: 231.9

2008 saw a total of 6 centuries being hit that year, and the fastest of the lot came from Adam Gilchrist. Gilchrist scored a stunning century against MI off just 42 balls. It was an epic chase by the Deccan Chargers scoring 155 in just 12 overs. Gilchrist’s 109 comprised of 9 fours and 10 sixes, and an eventual strike rate of 231.9. 

2009 – AB de Villiers vs CSK – 51 balls

Final Score: 105*(54) // 4s: 5 // 6s: 6 // SR: 194.4

The year 2009 saw only two centuries being hit – one by Manish Pandey and the other by AB de Villiers. Of the two, AB de Villiers hit the fastest century off just 51 balls against CSK. de Villiers while playing for Delhi Daredevils scored 105 off just 54 balls with 5 fours and 6 sixes with a strike rate of 194.4. Courtesy of De Villiers’ knock, DD won the match by 9 runs. 

2010 – Yusuf Pathan vs MI – 37 balls

Final Score: 100(37) // 4s: 9 // 6s: 8 // SR: 270.3

2010 saw a total of 4 centuries being hit that year, and the fastest came in the form of a monster knock from Yusuf Pathan. Pathan almost pulled off a mammoth chase of 212 vs MI, but an unfortunate run out ended the cause, Pathan scored a fantastic 100 of 37 balls with 9 fours and 8 sixes, and a final strike rate of 270.3. 

2011 – Chris Gayle vs KXIP – 46 balls

Final Score: 107(49) // 4s: 10 // 6s: 9 // SR: 218.4

2011 saw a total of 6 centuries being hit that year with Chris Gayle hitting 2 of those. Gayle also hit the fastest century off just 46 balls against a bowling lineup of Kings XI Punjab. Gayle scored a stunning 107 off just 49 balls with 10 fours and 9 sixes, and a strike rate of 218.4. This was Gayle’s second century in IPL. 

2012 – Murali Vijay vs DD- 51 balls

Final Score: 113(58) // 4s: 15 // 6s: 4 // SR: 194.8

2012 saw a total of 6 centuries being hit that year, and the fastest came from Murali Vijay. 2012 was the year Murali Vijay was in prime form, and this special century came in Qualifier 2 vs Delhi Daredevils off just 51 balls. Vijay eventually scored 113 off just 58 balls as CSK ended on 222. DD could only manage 136 as CSK won the match by 86 runs. 

2013 – Chris Gayle vs PWI – 30 balls

Final Score: 175*(66) // 4s: 13 // 6s: 17 // SR: 265.2

The year is 2013, and not just the fastest century of that year, but the fastest of all time came from the bat of Chris Gayle. Batting first against a decent bowling line-up of PWI, Gayle scored a magnanimous 175 off 66 balls. Gayle hit 13 fours and 17 sixes in his knock with a strike rate of 265.2. RCB ended on 263 runs as they won the match by 130 runs. 

2014 – Wriddhiman Saha vs KKR – 49 balls

Final Score: 115(55) // 4s: 10 // 6s: 8 // SR: 209.1

2014 saw only three centuries being hit that year, and the fastest of the lot came in the form of an underdog innings by Wriddhiman Saha. Saha hit a stunning 115 off just 55 balls with his century coming in just 49 balls. The fact that this was a final makes it even more special. Saha hit 10 fours and 8 sixes, and even though KXIP lost the match, it indeed was a special performance.  

2015 – Chris Gayle vs KXIP – 46 balls

Final Score: 117(57) // 4s: 7 // 6s: 12 // SR: 205.3

2015 saw a total of 4 centuries being hit that year, and the fastest of the lot came from the monster, Chris Gayle. Gayle hit his century off just 46 balls, and eventually ended on 117 off 57 balls with 7 fours and 12 sixes, and a strike rate of 205.3. RCB ended on 226 as they won the match by 138 runs. 

2016 – AB de Villiers vs GL – 43 balls

Final Score: 129(52) // 4s: 10 // 6s: 12 // SR: 248.1

2016 saw a stunning 7 centuries being hit that season with Virat Kohli scoring 4 of those. However, the fastest of the lot came from AB de Villiers, who hit a century against Gujarat Lions. On a flat track, de Villiers scored a stunning century off 43 balls with the final score reading 129 off 52 balls. de Villiers hit 10 fours and 12 sixes with a strike rate of 248.1. RCB hit 248, and won the match by a staggering 144 runs. 

2017 – David Warner vs KKR – 43 balls

Final Score: 126(59) // 4s: 10 // 6s: 8 // SR: 213.6

2017 saw a total of 5 centuries being hit that year, and the fastest of the lot came from Mr. Consistent, David Warner. Warny hit a stunning hundred off just 43 balls with the final score reading 126 off 59 deliveries. Warner hit 10 fours and 8 sixes as the Sunrisers ended on 209 from 20 overs. This was Warner’s fastest century off 43 balls. 

2018 – Shane Watson vs SRH – 51 balls

Final Score: 117*(57) // 4s: 11 // 6s: 8 // SR: 205.3

2018 saw a total of 5 centuries being hit that year, and the fastest of the lot coming in the final of IPL 2018 from Shane Watson. Undoubtedly the best knock under pressure in the history of IPL, Watson scored a century off just 51 balls to help CSK chase a big total of 179 in just the 19th over. Watson hit 11 fours and 8 sixes with a bleeding leg. 

2019 – Jonny Bairstow vs RCB – 52 balls

Final Score: 114(56) // 4s: 12 // 6s: 7// SR: 203.6

The pre-pandemic year, 2019 saw the fastest coming from Jonny Bairstow. Bairstow hit the century off just 52 balls. Surprisingly, this is the slowest century among the fastest century of each year. Bairstow hit 114 off 56 balls with 12 fours and 7 sixes to his name, and a strike rate of 203.6. 

2020 – Mayank Agarwal vs RR – 45 balls

Final Score: 106(50) // 4s: 10 // 6s: 7 // SR: 212.0

The pandemic year, 2020 saw a total of 5 centuries that year with the fastest coming from Mayank Agarwal. Agarwal as an opener was quite productive for Punjab Kings in 2020, and this particular knock came in a losing cause. Mayank hit a stunning century off just 45 balls with the final score reading 106 off 50 balls. Mayank hit 10 fours and 7 sixes in his knock. 

2021 – Devdutt Padikkal vs RR – 51 balls

Final Score: 101(52) // 4s: 11 // 6s: 6 // SR: 193.3

2021 saw a total of 4 centuries that year. But the fastest coming from Southpaw Devdutt Padikkal. Padikkal was a productive opener for RCB before moving to RR. He hit a century off just 51 balls as RCB chased the target of 178 with 10 wickets in hand. Padikkal hit 11 fours and 6 sixes in his knock with a strike rate of 193.3. 

2022 – Rajat Patidar vs LSG – 49 balls

Final Score: 112(54) // 4s: 12 // 6s: 7 // SR: 207.4

2022 saw the most number of centuries in all years with a total of 8 hit that year. Of the eight, the fastest came from uncapped Rajat Patidar in the eliminator vs Lucknow Super Giants. Rajat scored a stunning century off 49 balls with the final score reading 112 off just 54 balls with 12 fours and 7 sixes. RCB scored 207/4 as they won the match by 14 runs.    

2023 – Cameron Green vs SRH MI – 47 balls

Final Score: 100*(47) // 4s: 8 // 6s: 8 // SR: 212.8

The latest of the lot, Cameron Green hit his first, and also the fastest century of IPL 2023 off just 47 balls. MI needed a win to stay in contention of Playoffs, and Cameron Green’s century did exactly that while batting at 3. Green scored a brilliant 100 off 47 balls with 8 fours and 8 sixes to his name, and a strike rate of 212.8. 

So, that’s about the fastest century in each IPL season from 2008 to 2023.  

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