Jos Buttler.
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South African cricketer, AB de Villiers announced his retirement from all formats of the game on Friday. With that, he also ended his 14-year long association with the Indian Premier League. AB de Villiers will go down in history as one of the greatest batsmen of his era. In his illustrious cricketing career, he scored 8765 runs in 114 Tests and 9577 runs in 228 ODIs. He averages over 50 in both formats.

Besides, he holds a remarkable record in the Indian Premier League. He is currently the sixth-highest run-scorer in IPL, having managed to score 5162 runs in 184 matches at an average of 39.70.

During his career, AB de Villiers broke a number of international records. While he holds a lot of records to his name but the one which perhaps stands out is the fastest century in one-day internationals.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

AB de Villiers currently holds the record for hitting the fastest century in ODI cricket. He achieved the feat against West Indies in the second of the five-match series in 2015. He brought up his century in just 31 balls, surpassing Corey Anderson’s record of 36-ball 100.

The record stands till date. No other player has managed to break it thus far. However, it is also true that records are made to be broken. Given how the game has changed with the evolution of T20 cricket, AB de Villiers’ record of the fastest century could be broken in the coming years. Here’s a look at five players who can break AB de Villiers’ record of the fastest ODI century.

5 Current Batsmen Who Can Break AB de Villiers’ Record of The Fastest ODI Century

  1. Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler (Photo by Geoff Caddick / AFP)
Jos Buttler (Photo by Geoff Caddick / AFP)

Jos Buttler is hailed as one of the most destructive batsmen in white-ball cricket. He was nothing short of outstanding in the recently concluded T20 World Cup 2021. Jos Buttler played some jaw-dropping knocks and finished the tournament as the fourth-highest run-scorer.

For the unversed, Jos Buttler was the only batsman who scored a century in the tournament. Despite struggling for the first half of his innings, Buttler went on to score a century in 61 balls.

Buttler has the ability to take on the bowlers right from the onset of his innings and is one of the few active cricketers who can break AB de Villiers’ record of fastest hundred in ODI cricket. Jos Buttler currently has 9 centuries and 20 half-centuries to his name.

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