Most Consecutive Centuries in ODI
Sangakkara holds the record for the most consecutive centuries in ODI cricket with four back-to-back tons made during the ICC World Cup in 2015. In this article, we look at nine other batsmen each of whom managed to score three back-to-back tons.
Top Cricketers with Most Consecutive Centuries in ODI
1. Kumar Sangakkara – 4
Batting at number three on 26 February 2015 in an ICC World Cup game against Bangladesh in Melbourne, Sangakkara scored 105 in 76 balls to help Sri Lanka to a 1st-innings score of 332/1 before they bowled out Bangladesh for 240 in 47 overs. His next knock of 117 not out in 86 balls against England in Wellington on 1 March helped chase down a target of 312 with 9 wickets and 16 balls to spare. A week later in Sydney, chasing 377 to win, his 104 in 107 balls went in vain as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 312. Scoring 124 in 95 balls against Scotland in Hobart on 11 March 2015, Sangakkara helped his side to 363/9 before they dismissed Scotland for 215.
2. Zaheer Abbas – 3
Batting at number 3, Abbas scored 118 in 86 balls in the 2nd match of a series in Multan on 17 December 1982 to help Pakistan to 263/2. In reply, India were restricted to 226/7. In the next match held in Lahore on 31 December, Pakistan scored 252/3 thanks to Zaheer’s 105 off 82 balls. India won that game by 18 runs after they had scored 193/4 in 27 overs, in a rain-curtailed game. Playing in Karachi on 21 January 1983, Abbas made a series-winning 113 off 99 balls to help chase Pakistan down a target of 198 with 8 wickets in hand.
3. Saeed Anwar – 3
Pakistani opener Saeed Anwar scored 107 in 108 balls to help Pakistan score 313/3 against Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy match played in Sharjah on 30 October 2013 before they restricted Sri Lanka to 199/7. In the same competition, on 1 November 2013, Anwar made 131 off 141 balls to help Pakistan chase a target of 261 against West Indies with 5 wickets to spare. On 2 November 2013, he scored 111 off 104 balls against Sri Lanka to help chase a target of 271 with 2 wickets in hand.
4. Herschelle Gibbs – 3
In a Champions Trophy match against Kenya in Colombo on 20 September 2002, SA batted first and scored 316/5 on the back of opener Herschelle Gibbs’s 116 off 126 balls before bowling out Kenya for 140. In the semifinal on 25 September 2002, India batted first to score 261/9. Despite Gibbs’s 116 off 199 balls, South Africa lost the game after being restricted to 251/6. On October 3, batting first in the 1st match of a series against the touring Bangladesh squad in Potchefstroom, SA scored 301/8 thanks to Gibbs’s 153 off 131 balls. In reply, Bangladesh could manage only 133.
5. AB de Villiers – 3
Chasing a target of 402 against India in Gwalior in the 2nd match of a series on 24 February 2010, AB de Villiers scored 114 off 101 balls in vain as SA were bowled out for 248. In the next match of the series played in Ahmedabad on 27 February 2010, SA batted first to score 365/2 thanks to De Villiers’s 102 off 59 balls before bowling out India for 275. In his next ODI on 22 May 2020 against West Indies in North Sound, De Villers scored 102 off 101 balls to help SA to a score of 280/7 before they bowled West Indies out for 215.
6. Quinton de Kock – 3
Opener De Kock scored 135 off 121 balls to help South Africa to a first-innings score of 358/4 against India in Jo’burg on 5 December 2013. In reply, India were bowled out for 217. In the next match of the series in Durban on 8 December, SA batted first to score 280/6 riding on De Kock’s 106 off 118 balls. This time around, India were bowled out for 146. In the third game of the series in Centurion on 11 December, De Kock scored 101 off 120 balls to help SA to a 1st-innings score of 301/8 before rain intervened to cause the match to be abandoned.
7. Ross Taylor – 3
In the 4th match of a series in Hamilton on 28 January 2014, the touring Indians batted first and scored 278/5. Riding on number four batsman Ross Taylor’s 112 off 127 balls, New Zealand chased down the target with 7 wickets to spare. In the next match of the series in Wellington on 31 January 2014, the hosts batted first and scored 303/5 thanks to Taylor’s 102 off 106 balls before bowling out India for 216. In his next match on 8 December that year in Dubai against Pakistan, Taylor scored 105 off 135 to help NZ to 246/7. Unfortunately for Taylor and NZ, Pakistan managed to chase down the target with 3 wickets to spare.
8. Babar Azam – 3
Batting at number three in the 1st match of a series against West Indies in Sharjah on 30 September 2016, Babar Azam scored 120 off 131 balls to help Pakistan to a 1st-innings score of 284/9 before they bowled out West Indies for 175. In the next match of the series at the same venue on 2 October, Azam made 123 off 126 balls to help Pakistan post a 1st-innings score of 337/5. This time around, West Indies were restricted to 278/7. In the 3rd match in Abu Dhabi on 5 October, Pakistan made a 1st-innings score of 308/6, riding on Azam’s 117 in 106 balls. West Indies could manage only 172 in reply.
9. Jonny Bairstow – 3
Batting first in the 4th match of a series in Dunedin on 7 March 2018, the touring England side scored 335/9 thanks to opener Bairstow’s 138 off 106 balls. Sadly for Bairstow, his effort was in vain as New Zealand managed to chase down the target with 5 wickets and 3 balls to spare. In the next match of the series in Christchurch on 10 March, Bairstow scored 104 in 60 balls to help chase down a modest target of 224 with 7 wickets in hand. Bairstow played his next match on 10 June that year in Edinburgh against Scotland who batted first to score 371/5. Despite Bairstow’s 105 off 59 balls, England fell short, being bowled out for 365 in 48.5 overs.
10. Virat Kohli – 3
In the first match of a series in Gauhati on 21 October 2018, the visiting West Indies scored 322/8 batting first. India replied with 326/2, riding on number three batsman Kohli’s 140 off 107 balls. In the next match of the series in Vishakhapatnam on 24 October, India batted first and scored 321/6 thanks to Kohli’s 157 off 129 balls. West Indies managed to tie the match by scoring 321/7 in reply. In the 3rd match in Pune on 27 October, West Indies batted first to score 283/9 before bowling out India for 240 despite Kohli’s 107 off 119 balls.
Five years after the feat, Kumar Sangakkara’s record of four back-to-back tons in ODI cricket remains unequalled.
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