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West Indies opener Johnson Charles has made headlines by equalling the record for the fastest T20I hundred for his team. In the second match of the three-match T20I series against South Africa on March 26, 2023, Charles scored an impressive 118 runs off just 46 balls, including 10 fours and 11 sixes.
Fastest T20I Hundred for West Indies
Charles reached his century off just 39 balls, matching the record previously held by the legendary Chris Gayle, who achieved the feat against England in Mumbai in 2016. The right-handed batsman’s innings was a breathtaking display of power-hitting as he took the South African bowlers to the cleaners.
Elite List of Fastest T20I Hundreds
Charles also joined an elite list of batsmen who have scored a hundred in T20Is off the fewest number of balls. He now shares the record for the second-fastest T20I hundred ever, along with David Miller and Rohit Sharma. The list is topped by Aaron Finch, who scored a hundred off just 35 balls against Zimbabwe in Harare in 2018.
Other Notable Fast Hundreds
Besides Charles and the other aforementioned players, a few other players have scored T20I hundreds in less than 40 balls. These include Sri Lanka’s S Wickramasekara and Romania’s S Periyalwar, who both scored a hundred off 35 balls, and Hungary’s Zeeshan Kukikhel, who scored a hundred off 39 balls.
Charles’ Innings: A Game Changer
Charles’ spectacular innings has put West Indies in the driver’s seat in the T20I series against South Africa. With the series already in their pocket, West Indies will look to continue their winning momentum in the final match of the series. The 36-year-old Charles will also hope to continue his good form and add more runs to his name in the upcoming matches.
Johnson Charles has made a name for himself by equalling the record for the fastest T20I hundred for West Indies. His explosive innings was a game-changer and has given his team an upper hand in the series against South Africa. Charles’ performance will be remembered by cricket fans around the world, and his name will go down in the history books as one of the great West Indian cricketers.
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