ICC Cricket World Cup 2011: Kevin O’Brien’s fastest World Cup century seals a win against England

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in India was a grand success and triumph for the debated 50-over format existence. Several performances from individuals and teams lit up the tournament and one of the highlight and record breaking innings came from Ireland player Kevin O’Brien.

It was Ireland’s second time in an ICC event; after having much success in their first outing in 2007 where they reached the Super 8 stage, the team were confident of good results in the 2011 edition. In the above photograph, we see Irish all-rounder Kevin celebrating his hundred against England. (ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Full coverage)

Kevin scored the hundred of only 50 balls, which is still the fastest hundred in a World Cup match. He beat Australia’s Mathew Hayden who had scored in 66-balls in the 2007 World Cup. Chasing a mammoth total of 328, Ireland were five down for 111 and it looked like an easy win for the English side. (ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Points Table)

But Kevin had some other plans, he hit six sixes and 13 four’s in his 63-ball 113 runs innings.  He brought about his century in just 50-balls when he led Ireland to a famous three wicket win with five balls to spare. Unfortunately, he was out in the 49th over but he had done enough for a monumental Irish victory.

In the 2015 tournament, South African batsman AB de Villiers came close to beating Kevin’s record but he fell short by three balls as he got the century in 52 balls. However, de Villiers does hold the record of the fastest century in ODIs, when he scored a 31-ball hundred West Indies last year.