Explosive Indian batsman Virender Sehwag left no stone unturned during his blitz 125 n.o. inning off just 74 balls in the fourth ODI between India and New Zealand. His century came in just 60 balls, which broke the record for the fastest century scored by an Indian, set by former skipper Mohd. Azharuddin in 1988. India defeated New Zealand by 10 wickets to take the series.
“The wickets are good to bat on, and it’s very tough for them to stop me,” Sehwag said. “They are bowling into my body, and I’m playing my hook and flick shots to get boundaries. There is no other [effective] way they can bowl to me.”
Chasing a total of 280 set by the Kiwis in a rain-interrupted match, Sehwag and his opening partner Gautam Gambhir started out skillfully and at a good pace. They scored 201 runs for the first wicket in 23 overs to win the match which got shortened first to 47 overs and then to just 36 overs. They needed just 93 runs at the time of the stop of the play according to the Duckworth Lewis method.
Gambhir scored 63 n.o. in a very beautifully architectured inning.
The fastest hundred record is currently being held by Shahid Afridi, who hit a century in just 37 balls against Sri Lanka in 1996. Sanath Jayasuriya holds three scores in the top 10 list and Sehwag is now placed at the seventh spot, just over Azharuddin.
Earlier, the opening pair of New Zealand performed according to the expectations with Brendon McCullum hitting 77 runs off 95 balls and Jesse Ryder proving to be a good support with 46 runs. The kiwis failed to capitalize on the good opening and lost crucial wickets in the middle to the Indian spinners. The sixth wicket partnership between McGlashan and Elliot proved to be very handy and they ended with a comfortable score of 280 runs in an allotted 47 overs.