In the ODI World Cup, this South African batsman broke the record for the fastest century ever
The 2023 ODI World Cup got off to a great start. Today, on the third day of the competition, Sri Lanka will take on the South African side. In this encounter, the African squad soundly trounced the Sri Lankan team while batting first. The African innings featured three hundreds from the batsmen. Aiden Markram, their captain, was one of them. In addition, Markram's century was the fastest in ODI World Cup history.
Markram's World Cup triumph
In just 49 balls, Aiden Markram reached his century against Sri Lanka. He blasted three sixes and fourteen fours in this inning. On this record, Markram overtook Kevin O'Brien of Ireland. This record was set by O'Brien in the 2011 World Cup versus England. Against England, he reached his century in 50 balls. In addition to Markram, two more South African century makers in this innings were Quinton de Kock (100) and Rassie van der Dussen (108).
Fastest century in 49 balls at the 2023 ODI World Cup: Aiden Markram against Sri Lanka in Delhi
- Kevin O'Brien vs England, Bangalore, 2011, 50 balls
- Glenn Maxwell versus. Sri Lanka, 51 balls, Sydney, 2015
- 52 balls: 2015 Sydney, AB de Villiers vs. West Indies
The World Cup's highest scorer was South Africa.
The South African squad has shattered the record for the biggest score in World Cup history in this match. Against Sri Lanka, the South African side managed to amass 428 runs while losing just 5 wickets. There has never been a World Cup score higher than this. Quinton de Kock scored 100 runs, Rassie van der Dussen scored 108 runs, and captain Markram scored 106 runs for South Africa in this game. Aside from this, David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen each contributed an unbeaten inning of 39 runs and 32 runs, respectively.