South African cricketer Aiden Markram made history by making the quickest century in World Cup history during the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup match against Sri Lanka. Markram, who entered at number four, built on the solid foundation laid by Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen.
In addition, he broke the previous record of a 50-ball century held by Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien during the 2011 World Cup by scoring a century in just 49 balls. He scored 106 runs off 54 balls in his outstanding innings, including 14 fours and three sixes.
South African hitters dominated Sri Lanka’s bowling lineup throughout the match, as both Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen both hit century-plus marks. De Kock scored his 18th ODI century off 83 balls while competing in his final international competition, hitting 12 fours and three sixes.
Prior to de Kock reaching his century, he and van der Dussen put up an outstanding 204 runs for the second wicket. Not to be outdone, Van der Dussen scored his sixth ODI century in 103 balls with 12 fours and three sixes.
Quinton de Kock, who served as the team’s wicketkeeper, Temba Bavuma, who served as captain, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, and Lungi Ngidi were all members of the South African playing XI.
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka as captain, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka, and Matheesha Pathirana made up the playing XI for the Sri Lankan team.
This game will go down in history as a turning point for Aiden Markram’s career and a major triumph for South African cricket internationally.