T20: South Africa hasn’t won the any major ICC tournament till now but it is true that they have always produced some of the legends of the game. They are a pretty strong unit in all three formats. Especially in the shorter format, the Proteas hold some major records. A South African batsman has scored the joint- fastest T20I century in history.
A total of seven centuries have been scored by South African batters until now. However, there are some big names who have achieved this milestone.
Fastest Century for South Africa in T20 Cricket
|David Miller||35||118 (43)||Bangladesh||Potchefstroom||29/10/2017|
|Quinton de Kock||43||100 (44)||West Indies||Centurion||26/03/2023|
|Richard Levi||45||117* (51)||New Zealand||Hamilton||19/02/2012|
|Faf du Plessis||46||119 (56)||West Indies||Johannesburg||11/01/2015|
|David Miller||46||106* (47)||India||Guwahati||02/10/2022|
|Rille Rossouw||48||109 (56)||Bangladesh||Sydney||27/10/2022|
|Morné van Wyk||67||114* (70)||West Indies||Durban||14/01/2015|
Here we will discuss about the fastest centuries by a South African player in the history of the T20 internationals.
6. Rille Rossouw (100 not out) – 48 balls vs India
Rilee Rossouw has scored the fifth-fastest century for South Africa in the shorter format. He smashed a 48-ball century against India in October 2022 in Indore. Batting first, South Africa made a huge total of 227/3. Rossouw made an unbeaten 100 off 48 balls, with seven fours and eight sixes. In reply, India got all out for 178 runs and lost the match by 49 runs. Rossouw won “Man of the Match” for his performance.
5. David Miller (106 not out) – 46 balls vs India
David Miller is known for his big-hitting ability, which he has shown more often than not. The left-hander has scored the joint-third fastest T20I century for his country. It came when South Africa faced India in Guwahati in October 2022. However, it was a losing cause. Batting first, India made a massive score of 237/3 in their 20 overs with the help of Suryakumar Yadav (61 off 22) and KL Rahul (57 off 28). Chasing a big target, South Africa lost their first two wickets for 1 run. But after that, Miller played a brilliant inning and scored a 46-ball century. He made an unbeaten 106 off 47 balls, with 8 fours and 7 sixes. South Africa fell short by 16 runs and made 221/3.
4. Faf du Plessis (119 runs) – 46 balls vs West Indies
Former South African skipper Faf du Plessis is another batter with a 46-ball century in the shorter format. It came against the West Indies in January 2015 in Johannesburg. Batting first, South Africa made a big total of 231/7 runs in their first inning. Skipper Du Plessis scored 119 off 56 balls, with 11 fours and five sixes. However, South Africa couldn’t defend the target, and West Indies scored 236/6 in 19.2 overs. West Indies won the game thanks to Chris Gayle’s 90 off 41 balls and Marlon Samuels’ 60 off 39 balls.
3. Richard Levi (117 not out) – 45 balls vs New Zealand
The first ever T20I century for South Africa came off the bat of former opener Richard Levi. It came against New Zealand in February 2012 in Hamilton. Batting first, New Zealand scored a decent total of 173/4 in 20 overs. However, when South Africa came out to chase, Levi gave them a brilliant start. He scored a 45-ball century and scored an unbeaten 117 runs off 51 balls, with five fours and 13 sixes. South Africa chased down the score in 16 overs and made 174/2.
2. Quinton De Kock (100) – 43 balls against West Indies
South African opener Quinton De Kock hit second fastest century in t20 international by South African batter. He scored 100 runs with 9 fours and 8 sixes.
1. David Miller (101 not out) – 35 balls vs Bangladesh
The joint-fastest T20I century is registered under the name of David Miller. He scored it against Bangladesh in October 2017 at Potchefstroom. It was the second game of the two-match series. Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bowl first. South Africa had a good start with Hashim Amla scoring 85 runs off 51 balls. But the real carnage came from Miller’s bat. He scored a 35-ball century and made an unbeaten 101 off 36 balls, with seven fours and nine sixes. South Africa made 224/4 and dismissed Bangladesh for 141 to win by 83 runs.