ODI is considered a mixture of Test and T20 cricket by many people across the globe. It is because the 50-over cricket tests one’s temperament, skills and also enforces quick-decision making situations.
From the batter’s point of view, at times one might get enough overs to build an innings. On the contrary times, the same individual might be forced to play big shots from early stages as the situation demands.
We talk so much about the fastest hundreds and double-hundreds that 150-mark in the ODI cricket often goes unnoticed. Although we have witnessed many batters 150 or plus, one can deny that it’s not easy and a regular event.
Hence, in this article, we will look at the top 5 batters who scored the fastest 150 in ODI cricket history:
|AB de Villiers
5) Chris Gayle – 85 Balls vs England in 2019
Towards the business end of his career, Chris Gayle played a knock to be remembered for the ages. In the 4th ODI, England had set a mammoth target of 419 for the Windies. In reply, the Universe Boss took the charge of the ship and smashed the English bowlers all over the park.
Gayle breached his 150-mark in just 85 balls and eventually ended up scoring 162 off 97 deliveries with the help of 11 fours and 14 sixes. However, his side failed to chase the target and lost the game by 29 runs.
5) Sharjeel Khan – 85 Balls vs Ireland in 2016
While opening the innings for Pakistan in the 1st ODI against Ireland, Sharjeel Khan turned his beast mode on. He started smashing the Irish bowlers to all ends of the ground. He reached his 150 in just 85 deliveries.
On the very next ball, Sharjeel departed after scoring 152, including 16 fours and nine sixes. His knock helped the Pakistan side post a total of 337 at the end of 50 overs. Ireland had no response to this as they bundled out for just 82 runs.
4) Shane Watson – 83 Balls vs Bangladesh in 2011
In the first ODI at Dhaka in 2011, Shane Watson single-handedly thrashed the whole Bangladesh side. Batting first, the Tigers posted a target of 230 for the Baggy Greens. But they had little idea of what was happened next.
Watson, who opened the innings for Australia, charged from the very first ball. In just 83 deliveries, he touched the 150-mark and remained unbeaten on 185. His fiery knock helped his side chase the target in just 26 overs.
3) Jos Buttler – 76 Balls vs West Indies in 2019
It was the same match in which Chris Gayle scored the joint fifth fastest 150 in ODI cricket. But it took Jos Buttler’s special knock to overshadow the Universe Boss on that day. While Gayle scored 162 as an opener, Buttler scored 150 at No. 5.
Following a strong start from the English side, Buttler took the charge and put a gear up to the innings. He smashed 150 in just 76 balls with the help of 13 fours and 12 sixes and adjusted the Player of the Match.
2) Jos Buttler – 65 Balls vs Netherlands in 2022
Once again, the English batter appears on the list of the fastest 150 in ODI cricket. This time, Netherlands faced the brutality of Jos Buttler. While batting first in the 1st ODI, England got off to a solid start.
Buttler came at No. 4 to accelerate the innings and did his job perfectly. He crossed the 150-mark taking just 65 balls and remained not-out on 162. He maintained an impressive strike-rate of 231.43.
1) AB de Villiers – 64 Balls vs West Indies in 2015
AB de Villiers has scored the fastest 150 in ODI cricket history. The most special thing about his innings is that it came in the 2015 World Cup. It is often regarded as one of the best innings in World Cup history.
Batting at No.5, AB showed no mercy on the Windies’ bowlers. He smashed them brutally and played some freaking shots. After breaching the 150-mark in just 64 balls, he went on to remain unbeaten on 162.