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Sehwag hammers India's fastest ODI ton

Last updated on: March 11, 2009 18:30 IST

Swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag hammered a 60-ball ton to eclipse Mohammad Azharuddin and register the fastest hundred in One-Day Internationals by an Indian in the fourth match against New Zealand in Hamilton, on Wednesday.

Batting on 97, Sehwag danced down the pitch and hit a Daniel Vettori delivery over the bowler's head to bring up his hundred with a big six in the 18th over of the rain-truncated match to better Azharuddin's 20-year-old mark by two balls.

Incidentally, Azharuddin's 62-ball 108, had also come against New Zealand in Baroda in 1988.

Sehwag had earlier smashed a 69-ball century against the Kiwis in Colombo in 2001.

The Indian now has the seventh fastest hundred in ODI history, with Pakistan's Shahid Afridi topping the chart with his 37-ball 102 against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in 1996.

The following table lists the 10 fastest ODI hundreds:

Balls Batsman Runs For Against Venue Year
37 Shahid Afridi 102 Pak SL Nairobi 1996
44 Mark Boucher 147* SA Zim Potchefstroom 2006
45 Brian Lara 117 WI Ban Dhaka 1999
45 Shahid Afridi 102 Pak Ind Kanpur 2005
48 Sanath Jayasuriya 134 SL Pak Singapore 1996
55 Sanath Jayasuriya 130 SL Ban Karachi 2008
60 Virender Sehwag 125* Ind NZ Hamilton 2009
62 Mohd Azharuddin 108* Ind NZ Baroda (MP) 1988
64 Sanath Jayasuriya 157 SL Ned Amstelveen 2006
64 Yuvraj Singh 138* Ind Eng Rajkot 2008

Rajneesh Gupta