Slowest Centuries in ODI Cricket
The slowest century in ODI Cricket (most balls faced) was made by David Boon. In this article, we look at the 10 slowest ODI hundreds, measured by the number of balls faced.
- Top 10 Batsmen with the Slowest ODI 100
- In Conclusion
Top 10 Batsmen with the Slowest ODI 100
1. David Boon – 166 balls
On 10 December 1991, in the 3rd match of the Benson and Hedges World Series at Hobart between Australia and India, India batted first and scored 175/8. David Boon who opened the batting led Australia’s reply with a painstaking knock of 102 not out in 168 balls at a strike rate of 60.71. Boon who spent 188 minutes at the crease got to his hundred in 166 balls with eight fours. On the back of Boon’s innings, Australia reached the winning target in 48.3 overs.
2. Rameez Raja – 157 balls
Pakistan and West Indies met in the 4th match of the Benson and Hedges World Cup at Melbourne on 23 February 1992. Batting first, Pakistan scored 220/2 in their allotted overs. Opening the innings for Pakistan, Rameez Raja scored 102 not out off 158 balls at a strike rate of 64.55. Raja, who got to his century in 157 balls, spent 181 minutes at the crease for his laborious knock in which he registered four hits to the fence. In reply, West Indies managed to chase down the target in 46.5 overs with 10 wickets in hand.
3. Geoff Marsh – 156 balls
In the 3rd ODI of a series at Lords on 29 May 1989 during Australia’s tour of England, England batted first and scored 278/7 in their allotted 55 overs. In reply, Australia scored 279/4, winning the match with three balls to spare. Marsh who opened the innings made 111 not out in 162 balls at a strike rate of 68.51, while spending 212 minutes at the crease. Marsh who reached his hundred in 162 balls scored seven fours and a six.
4. Rameez Raja – 152 balls
On 17 February 1990, Pakistan and Sri Lanka met at Adelaide in the 10th match of the Benson and Hedges World Series tournament. Pakistan batted first; opening the innings with Saeed Anwar, Rameez Raja scored 107 in 154 balls at a strike rate of 69.48. He got to his hundred – which contained 3 fours — in 152 balls, spending 202 minutes at the crease. Despite Raja’s slow knock, Pakistan managed to score 315/3 in 50 overs, thanks mainly to Saeed Anwar’s 126 off 99 balls. In reply, Sri Lanka were restricted to 288/8.
5. Scott Styris – 152 balls
New Zealand faced Sri Lanka in the 39th match of the ICC World Cup at St George’s on 12 April 2007. Batting first, New Zealand soon lost two wickets for just 4 runs, when Styris came to the crease. Styris helped New Zealand to a score of 219/7 with an unbeaten knock of 111 in 157 balls, including 8 fours, at a strike rate of 70.7, spending 198 minutes at the crease. Unfortunately for Styris, who reached his hundred in 152 balls, New Zealand lost the match when Sri Lanka chased the modest target down in 45.1 overs with 6 wickets in hand.
6. Tom Cooper – 151 balls
Netherlands and Afghanistan met on 7 July 2010 at Voorburg in an ICC World League Division One match. Netherlands batted first. Coming at number three in the batting order for Netherlands, Tom Cooper made 101 runs in 155 balls at a strike rate of 65.16 before he was run out. He spent 180 minutes at the crease in an innings that included 9 fours. Cooper’s knock helped his side to a score of 202/8. Sadly, for Cooper and Netherlands, Afghanistan managed to chase down the target in 42.3 overs with 6 wickets to spare. Cooper got to 100 in 151 deliveries.
7. Geoff Marsh – 150 balls
Australia faced West Indies in the first ODI of a series at Georgetown on 10 March 1991. West Indies batted first and scored 251 in 49.5 overs. Opening the innings for Australia, Marsh scored 106 not out in 158 balls, including 8 fours, to help his side to a 6-wicket win in 48.3 overs. He spent 216 minutes at the crease to make his runs at a strike rate of 67.08. Marsh got to his ton in 150 balls.
8. David Hemp – 150 balls
Bermuda and Kenya faced off in a World Cup Qualifier at Potchefstroom on 6 April 2009. Bermuda batted first; opening the innings for Bermuda, David Hemp scored 102 not out in 152 balls, including 9 fours, to help his side to a score of 259/5. He spent 281 minutes at the crease to score his runs at a strike rate of 67.10. Unfortunately, for Hemp, Bermuda lost the match as Kenya chased down the target with 7 wickets and 5 overs to spare. Hemp got to his ton in 150 balls.
9. Shai Hope – 149 balls
West Indies faced India in the first ODI of a series at Chennai on 15 December 2019. India batted first and scored 287/8 in their allotted overs. Hope who opened the innings led the West Indies reply by scoring 102 not out in 151 balls, including 7 fours and a six, helping his side to an 8-wicket win in 47.5 overs. Hope reached his 100 in 149 balls.
10. David Boon – 146 balls
At Melbourne on 18 March 1992, Australia met West Indies in a Benson and Hedges World Cup match. Australia batted first; opening the innings, Boon scored 100 not out in 147 balls, including 8 fours, to help Australia to a score of 216/6. In reply, West Indies were bowled out for 159 in 42.4 overs. Boon got to 100 in 146 balls.
Interestingly, of the 10 slowest ODI hundreds listed here, as many as six were match-winning innings, with four coming in chases.
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