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T20I Record: Namibian Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton Smashes Fastest T20I Century

Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton of Namibia set a new world record for the fastest T20I century, achieving it in 33 balls. The match took place in Nepal during the T20I tri-series opener on February 27, 2024.

Sandipan Ghosh
Last updated: 02.03.2024
Namibian Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton Smashes Fastest T20I Century

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Summary:

  • Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton of Namibia set a new world record for the fastest T20I century, achieving it in 33 balls.

  • Loftie-Eaton broke Kushal Malla's previous record of a 34-ball century.

  • The match took place in Nepal during the T20I tri-series opener on February 27, 2024.

The 22-year-old Namibian cricketer Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton created a new world record in T20I cricket history during the Nepal T20I tri-series opener against the hosts Nepal, as the left-handed batter hit the fastest T20I century.


Last Tuesday (27 February), when Nepal hosted Namibia in the T20I tri-series opener at Kirtipur, Namibia chose to bat first and scored 206/4 in 20 overs. The no.5 Namibian batter Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton joined the crease when they were struggling at 62/3 in 10.4 overs.


Fastest T20I century: Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton broke Kushal Malla’s record

After completing his half-century in 18 balls, the left-handed batter Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton completed his maiden T20 hundred in 33 balls to break the record for the fastest T20I century. During that record-breaking knock, Loftie-Eaton hit 11 fours and eight sixes. He was ultimately dismissed after scoring 101 runs in 36 balls.


Previously, the Nepalese cricketer Kushal Malla held the fastest T20I century record with a 34-ball hundred against Mongolia during the record-breaking match at the Asian Games 2023.


Fastest T20I centuries

Player (Team)

Balls faced

Opposition

Venue

Date

Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton (Namibia)

33

Nepal

Kirtipur

27 February 2024

Kushal Malla

(Nepal)

34

Mongolia

Hangzhou

27 September 2023

David Miller

(South Africa)

35

Bangladesh

Potchefstroom

29 October 2017

Rohit Sharma

(India)

35

Sri Lanka

Indore

22 December 2017

Sudesh Wickramasekara (Czech Republic)

35

Turkey

Ilfov County

30 August 2019

(Updated as of 27 February 2024)


Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton recorded the joint-third fastest T20 hundred

Meanwhile, Namibian Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton also became the joint-third fastest centurion in T20 cricket history.


Fastest T20 hundreds

Player (Team)

Nationality

Balls to complete century

Opposition

Venue

Date

Chris Gayle

(Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Jamaican

30

Pune Warriors India

Bengaluru

23 April 2013

Rishabh Pant (Delhi)

Indian

32

Himachal Pradesh

Delhi

14 January 2018

Wihan Lubbe (North West)

South African

33

Limpopo

Paarl

15 September 2018

Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton (Namibia)

Namibian

33

Nepal

Kirtipur

27 February 2024

Andrew Symonds (Kent)

Australian

34

Middlesex

Maidstone

2 July 2004

Sean Abbott (Surrey)

Australian

34

Kent

The Oval

26 May 2023

Kushal Malla

(Nepal)

Nepalese

34

Mongolia

Hangzhou

27 September 2023

(Updated as of 27 February 2024)


Namibia won the match by 20 runs, Loftie-Eaton took two wickets

Although Nepal fought hard, they were all out for 186 runs in 18.5 overs as Namibia won the T20I tri-series opener by 20 runs. While Ruben Trumpelmann took four wickets (4/29), three other Namibian bowlers picked up two wickets each, including the fastest T20I centurion Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton (2/29). 


FAQ:


Who has the fastest century in T20I history?

Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton of Namibia holds the record for the fastest T20I century, achieved in 33 balls during a match against Nepal on February 27, 2024.

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