Martin Guptill's 20-ball 93 against Sri Lanka helped him make stronger forays in record for fastest scores © Getty Images
Martin Guptill’s 30-ball 93 against Sri Lanka helped him make stronger forays in record for fastest scores © Getty Images

The records for fastest 50 and fastest 100 are well known, and celebrated as landmarks when they are broken — but the special status accorded to these numbers is no more than a result of the fact that we use a base-10 counting system. What about other numbers which are less celebrated? Michael Jones looks at the batsmen who took fewest balls to reach scores in between — a list which was completely rewritten before and during the 2015 World Cup, and more recently by Martin Guptill’s assault on Sri Lanka in Christchurch.

When AB de Villiers smashed 149 off just 44 balls against West Indies in January, the attention of the cricket world focused on the fact that he had broken the records for both the fastest 50 and fastest 100 in ODIs. Daniel Hill raised the question: what about other scores? Fifty and hundred are only considered special because they are round numbers in a decimal system; if the scores of cricket matches were recorded in binary, we might instead keep records of the fastest 100000 and 1000000 (in decimal notation, 32 and 64). Against England, Brendon McCullum narrowly missed out on the fastest 50 in ODIs, but a flurry of sixes afterwards saw him threaten the record for the fastest 100 before being dismissed short of it. Did he set any other records on the way? It turns out that the answer is yes.

Note first that ‘fastest to n runs’ means the fewest balls taken to score at least n: de Villiers was never on exactly 100 because he went from 98 to 104 with one shot, but he still goes down in the record books as scoring the fastest 100. With that criterion, let us see who reached each score the fastest.

Countless players have reached 1, 2, 3 or 4 runs off their first ball, and a number have made it to 6. After that, de Villiers and McCullum both get left behind temporarily as they both started their innings relatively quietly (de Villiers with 4, 2, 1, 1 off his first four balls; McCullum with 1, 6, 0, 0).

Although there have been a few instances of 7 or even 8 runs off one ball in an ODI, no one has yet managed it off the first ball they faced in an innings, so the fastest 7 is off 2 balls.

Several players have managed 10 off their first 2, but three have gone better and made 12: Sunil Narine started his innings with two sixes off Glenn Maxwell at Perth in February 2013, Akshar Patel did likewise off Dhammika Prasad at Cuttack in November 2014, and most recently, Liam Plunkett belted his first two balls from Grant Elliott over the boundary to take England past 400 at Edgbaston last June.

Both Akshar and Plunkett only managed singles off their third ball, making them the joint fastest to 13 but falling behind Sachithra Senanayake, who reached 14 off three (4, 6, 4). Narine, however, tops them all: he hit his third and fourth balls for six as well, making him the only batsman to reach 18 off 3 balls and 24 off 4.

Narine failed to score off his fifth ball and was out to his sixth, so the record for the fastest quarter-century in an ODI falls jointly to three players who reached 25 off 6: James Franklin (2, 1, 6, 6, 4, 6) against Canada in the 2011 World Cup; Maxwell (6, 4, 2, 4, 6, 6) in a futile attempt to chase 384 in Bangalore after Rohit Sharma had made the first of his ODI double centuries; and another McCullum effort (4, 4, 6, 6, 4, 1) at Queenstown on New Year’s Day 2014 — which went largely unnoticed as he was upstaged by Corey Anderson’s and Jesse Ryder’s blitzes in the same innings. Maxwell is the only batsman to reach 26, 27 and 28 off 6 balls, but his failure to score off his seventh allows Franklin to sneak ahead, with 29 off 7 and 31 off 8.

Two McCullum innings both recorded 32 off 9, with the twist that they weren’t the same McCullum: Brendon got there in the Queenstown innings, equalling the mark set by Nathan at Hambantota two months earlier (1, 4, 0, 1, 4, 6, 4, 6, 6) — in the course of which he broke the record for most runs scored off the last over to win a match.

De Villiers and Guptill both make their first appearances in the table here — equalling the McCullums’ 32 off 9 — and de Villiers surpasses them with 34 off the same number. Both McCullums drop out of the reckoning after that — Nathan was left on 32* with the match won, while Brendon was out for 33 — but the temporary lull de Villiers went through after that (0, 2, 2, 0, 1 off his 10th to 14th balls) enables others to match or beat him in the 30s and 40s.

When Pakistan were chasing an easy target against Netherlands in the 2002 Champions Trophy, Shahid Afridi made merry, with 35 off 11 balls and 41 off 12 (4, 0, 4, 4, 4, 0, 1, 6, 6, 0, 6, 6), but Guptill upstaged him with 38 off 10 (4, 1, 1, 6, 4, 4, 0, 6, 6, 6).

The record for the fastest 42 changed hands twice in the last year: Andre Russell’s 13-ball effort against Pakistan in the World Cup was the fewest taken to reach that score, beating the previous record of 15 balls held jointly by four players: Afridi, de Villiers, McCullum in his World Cup onslaught against England — and one occasion when the boot was on the other foot for New Zealand, Jos Buttler hitting 1, 1, 6, 4, 4, 4, 0, 4, 0, 4, 4, 0, 1, 6, 6 against them at Trent Bridge in 2013; Guptill beat them all with 42 off 11.

The other four had been almost neck and neck through the 40s: Buttler and de Villiers both scored 45 off 15, but only de Villiers was able to go on to 50 off 16 — Afridi stuck on 49, McCullum 48 and Buttler 47 off the same number of balls.

Guptill wiped them all off the list up to 46 by reaching that mark off only 12 balls, and though he missed his 13th and managed only a single apiece off the next four, that was still enough to set new records for 47 (14) and 48 (15), before equalling Afridi and de Villiers with 49 off 16.

At the start of 2015, McCullum held most of the records between 50 and 80, when he pulverised Bangladesh for 80* off 28 balls at Queenstown on New Year’s Eve 2007. De Villiers proceeded to rewrite the list, and at the time his innings against West Indies held the record for the fastest to every score from 50 to 100.

Barely a month later McCullum grabbed a number of them back. From 50 to 69 (20 balls), de Villiers remains in front, but McCullum’s four consecutive sixes off Steven Finn ensured he equalled the earlier mark of 72 off 21, then bettered AB with 76 off 22 and 77 off 24.

Guptill reached 70 off 21, but fell behind the other two thanks to failing to score off his 22nd. McCullum’s dismissal for 77 enabled Guptill to retake the lead: with 80 off 25, 84 off 26, 85 off 27 and 91 off 28 he eclipses de Villiers. The two stand level with 92 off 29.

From 94 to 162, only two innings feature in the list, the second taking over from the score at which the first one ended. McCullum’s dismissal ensured that de Villiers was left with every record from 78 to his final score of 149 — having taken most of them from marks set by Corey Anderson a year previously.

By holing out in the last over of the innings, he left a chasm between the fastest 149 and the fastest 150 — a record which stood with the 83 balls Shane Watson took against Bangladesh in 2011, in what at the time was considered a remarkable display of hitting, but saw him take almost twice as many balls as de Villiers required to score only one run fewer. De Villiers soon filled the gap with another display of hitting against the same opposition in the World Cup a few weeks later. Watson holds every record from 150 to his final score of 185, which he reached off 96 balls.

The upper reaches of the table underwent a rewrite thanks to the two double-centuries in the World Cup: prior to the tournament, Virender Sehwag was the quickest to reach every score from 186 to 219, including the then fastest ODI double-century off 140 balls.

Chris Gayle’s onslaught against Zimbabwe changed that: Sehwag’s 186 off 132 balls and 187 off 133 remain records, but Gayle’s sequence of 6, 4, 6, 4, 6, 6, 6 off consecutive balls faced from Tafadzwa Kamungozi and Sean Williams ensured he caught up with Sehwag on 188 off 134, and overtook him thereafter. There are three further scores at which they stand equal — 191 off 136, 208 off 142 and 215 off 146 — but Gayle holds all those in between outright, including a new record for the fastest 200, off 138 balls.

Runs Balls Batsman Team Opposition Venue Date
1 1 Many
2 1 Many
3 1 Many
4 1 Many
5 1 Many
6 1 Many
7 2 Many
8 2 Many
9 2 Many
10 2 Danny Morrison New Zealand UAE Faisalabad 27-02-1996
Ravi Rampaul West Indies Zimbabwe Kingstown 10-03-2010
James Hopes Australia England Lord’s 03-07-2010
Sunil Narine West Indies Australia Perth 03-02-2013
Sachithra Senanayake Sri Lanka New Zealand Hambantota 10-11-2013
Akshar Patel India Sri Lanka Cuttack 02-11-2014
Liam Plunkett England New Zealand Birmingham 09-06-2015
11 2 Sunil Narine West Indies Australia Perth 03-02-2013
Akshar Patel India Sri Lanka Cuttack 02-11-2014
Liam Plunkett England New Zealand Birmingham 09-06-2015
12 2 Sunil Narine West Indies Australia Perth 03-02-2013
Akshar Patel India Sri Lanka Cuttack 02-11-2014
Liam Plunkett England New Zealand Birmingham 09-06-2015
13 3 Sunil Narine West Indies Australia Perth 03-02-2013
Sachithra Senanayake Sri Lanka New Zealand Hambantota 10-11-2013
Akshar Patel India Sri Lanka Cuttack 02-11-2014
LE Plunkett England New Zealand Birmingham 09-06-2015
14 3 Sunil Narine West Indies Australia Perth 03-02-2013
Sachithra Senanayake Sri Lanka New Zealand Hambantota 10-11-2013
15 3 Sunil Narine West Indies Australia Perth 03-02-2013
16 3 Sunil Narine West Indies Australia Perth 03-02-2013
17 3 Sunil Narine West Indies Australia Perth 03-02-2013
18 3 Sunil Narine West Indies Australia Perth 03-02-2013
19 4 Sunil Narine West Indies Australia Perth 03-02-2013
20 4 Sunil Narine West Indies Australia Perth 03-02-2013
21 4 Sunil Narine West Indies Australia Perth 03-02-2013
22 4 Sunil Narine West Indies Australia Perth 03-02-2013
23 4 Sunil Narine West Indies Australia Perth 03-02-2013
24 4 Sunil Narine West Indies Australia Perth 03-02-2013
25 6 James Franklin New Zealand Canada Mumbai 13-03-2011
Glenn Maxwell Australia India Bangalore 02-11-2013
Brendon McCullum New Zealand West Indies Queenstown 01-01-2014
26 6 Glenn Maxwell Australia India Bangalore 02-11-2013
27 6 Glenn Maxwell Australia India Bangalore 02-11-2013
28 6 Glenn Maxwell Australia India Bangalore 02-11-2013
29 7 James Franklin New Zealand Canada Mumbai 13-03-2011
30 8 James Franklin New Zealand Canada Mumbai 13-03-2011
31 8 James Franklin New Zealand Canada Mumbai 13-03-2011
32 9 Nathan McCullum New Zealand Sri Lanka Hambantota 12-11-2013
Brendon McCullum New Zealand West Indies Queenstown 01-01-2014
AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
33 9 Brendon McCullum New Zealand West Indies Queenstown 01-01-2014
AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
34 9 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
35 10 Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
36 10 Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
37 10 Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
38 10 Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
39 11 Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
40 11 Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
41 11 Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
42 11 Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
43 12 Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
44 12 Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
45 12 Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
46 12 Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
47 14 Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
48 15 Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
49 16 Shahid Afridi Pakistan Netherlands Colombo 21-09-2002
AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
50 16 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
51 16 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
52 16 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
53 17 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
54 17 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
55 17 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
56 17 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
57 17 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
58 18 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
59 18 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
60 18 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
61 18 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
62 19 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
63 19 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
64 19 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
65 19 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
66 19 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
67 19 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
68 20 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
69 20 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
70 21 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
Brendon McCullum New Zealand England Wellington 20-02-2015
Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
71 21 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
Brendon McCullum New Zealand England Wellington 20-02-2015
72 21 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
Brendon McCullum New Zealand England Wellington 20-02-2015
73 22 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
Brendon McCullum New Zealand England Wellington 20-02-2015
74 22 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
Brendon McCullum New Zealand England Wellington 20-02-2015
75 22 Brendon McCullum New Zealand England Wellington 20-02-2015
76 22 Brendon McCullum New Zealand England Wellington 20-02-2015
77 22 Brendon McCullum New Zealand England Wellington 20-02-2015
78 24 Brendon McCullum New Zealand England Wellington 20-02-2015
79 25 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
80 25 Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
81 26 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
82 26 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
83 26 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
84 26 Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
85 27 Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
86 28 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
87 28 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
88 28 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
89 28 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
90 28 Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
91 28 Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
92 29 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
93 30 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
Martin Guptill New Zealand Sri Lanka Christchurch 28-12-2015
94 30 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
95 30 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
96 30 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
97 30 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
98 30 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
99 31 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
100 31 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
101 31 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
102 31 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
103 31 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
104 31 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
105 32 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
106 32 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
107 32 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
108 32 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
109 32 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
110 32 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
111 34 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
112 34 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
113 34 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
114 34 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
115 34 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
116 34 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
117 35 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
118 36 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
119 36 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
120 36 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
121 36 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
122 36 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
123 36 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
124 37 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
125 37 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
126 37 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
127 37 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
128 37 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
129 37 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
130 38 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
131 38 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
132 38 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
133 38 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
134 39 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
135 39 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
136 39 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
137 39 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
138 39 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
139 39 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
140 40 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
141 40 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
142 40 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
143 40 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
144 40 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
145 40 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
146 41 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
147 41 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
148 42 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
149 42 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Johannesburg 18-01-2015
150 64 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Sydney 27-02-2015
151 65 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Sydney 27-02-2015
152 65 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Sydney 27-02-2015
153 65 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Sydney 27-02-2015
154 65 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Sydney 27-02-2015
155 65 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Sydney 27-02-2015
156 65 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Sydney 27-02-2015
157 66 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Sydney 27-02-2015
158 66 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Sydney 27-02-2015
159 66 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Sydney 27-02-2015
160 66 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Sydney 27-02-2015
161 66 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Sydney 27-02-2015
162 66 AB de Villiers South Africa West Indies Sydney 27-02-2015
163 88 Shane Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka 11-04-2011
164 88 Shane Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka 11-04-2011
165 90 Shane Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka 11-04-2011
166 90 Shane Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka 11-04-2011
167 90 Shane Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka 11-04-2011
168 90 Shane Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka 11-04-2011
169 92 Shane Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka 11-04-2011
170 92 Shane Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka 11-04-2011
171 92 Shane Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka 11-04-2011
172 92 Shane Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka 11-04-2011
173 92 Shane Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka 11-04-2011
174 92 Shane Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka 11-04-2011
175 94 Shane Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka 11-04-2011
176 94 Shane Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka 11-04-2011
177 94 Shane Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka 11-04-2011
178 94 Shane Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka 11-04-2011
179 95 Shane Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka 11-04-2011
180 95 Shane Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka 11-04-2011
181 95 Shane Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka 11-04-2011
182 95 Shane Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka 11-04-2011
183 95 Shane Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka 11-04-2011
184 95 Shane Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka 11-04-2011
185 96 Shane Watson Australia Bangladesh Dhaka 11-04-2011
186 132 Virender Sehwag India West Indies Indore 08-12-2011
187 133 Virender Sehwag India West Indies Indore 08-12-2011
188 134 Virender Sehwag India West Indies Indore 08-12-2011
Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
189 134 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
190 135 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
191 136 Virender Sehwag India West Indies Indore 08-12-2011
Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
192 136 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
193 136 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
194 136 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
195 136 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
196 136 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
197 137 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
198 138 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
199 138 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
200 138 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
201 138 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
202 139 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
203 139 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
204 139 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
205 139 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
206 140 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
207 141 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
208 142 Virender Sehwag India West Indies Indore 08-12-2011
Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
209 142 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
210 143 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
211 144 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
212 144 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
213 145 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
214 145 Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
215 146 Virender Sehwag India West Indies Indore 08-12-2011
Chris Gayle West Indies Zimbabwe Canberra 24-02-2015
216 148 Virender Sehwag India West Indies Indore 08-12-2011
217 148 Virender Sehwag India West Indies Indore 08-12-2011
218 148 Virender Sehwag India West Indies Indore 08-12-2011
219 148 Virender Sehwag India West Indies Indore 08-12-2011
220 156 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
221 156 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
222 156 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
223 158 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
Martin Guptill New Zealand West Indies Wellington 21-03-2015
224 158 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
225 158 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
226 158 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
227 160 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
228 161 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
229 161 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
230 161 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
231 161 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
Martin Guptill New Zealand West Indies Wellington 21-03-2015
232 162 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
Martin Guptill New Zealand West Indies Wellington 21-03-2015
233 162 Martin Guptill New Zealand West Indies Wellington 21-03-2015
234 162 Martin Guptill New Zealand West Indies Wellington 21-03-2015
235 162 Martin Guptill New Zealand West Indies Wellington 21-03-2015
236 163 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
Martin Guptill New Zealand West Indies Wellington 21-03-2015
237 163 Martin Guptill New Zealand West Indies Wellington 21-03-2015
238 164 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
239 164 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
240 164 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
241 165 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
242 165 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
243 165 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
244 165 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
245 165 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
246 165 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
247 166 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
248 166 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
249 166 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
250 166 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
251 167 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
252 168 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
253 168 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
254 168 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
255 168 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
256 168 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
257 168 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
258 169 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
259 170 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
260 171 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
261 171 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
262 171 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
263 171 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014
264 172 Rohit Sharma India Sri Lanka Kolkata 13-11-2014

Sehwag is left with the records for 216 to 219; beyond that markit’s a battle between Rohit and Guptill. Guptill made a steady start to his innings and remained well behind the fastest until close to the end; only his assault on Russell’s last over enabled him to equal Rohit in reaching 223 off 158 balls and 231 off 161, then beat him off the last two balls; Rohit took one ball more to match Guptill’s 237. From 238 onwards Rohit holds all the records by default.

(Michael Jones’ writing focuses on cricket history and statistics, with occasional forays into the contemporary game)