Slowest Century in IPL

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is known for explosive batting, lightning-fast sixes, and high-scoring matches. Batters come out to hit boundaries and reach the three-figure mark quickly. However, some innings have taken a long time to reach 100 runs.

Let's check the players who took took the most balls to score a century in the IPL, their safe approach, and how these innings affected their teams' results in that particular match.

1. Virat Kohli - RCB (67 balls)

Virat Kohli's record 8th IPL century is also the slowest century in IPL history. He took 67 balls to reach the century mark against Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur on 6 April 2024. RCB scored 183 in 20 overs and lost the match by 6 wickets.

2. Manish Pandey - RCB (67 balls)

Manish Pandey is the joint holder of the slowest century in IPL history. He scored the first IPL century by an Indian player but took 67 balls to reach his 100 against the now-defunct Deccan Chargers at Centurion in IPL 2000. RCB made 170 in their 20 overs and won the match by 12 runs. 

Also read: Fastest Centuries in IPL History

3. Sachin Tendulkar - MI (66 balls)

Sachin Tendulkar is next on the list of slowest hundreds in IPL. Tendulkar's only IPL came in 66 balls against the now inoperative team Kochi Tuskers Kerala in Mumbai during IPL 2011. Mumbai made 182 runs in the allocated 20 overs, which was chased down easily by Kochi with 8 wickets in hand.  

4. David Warner - DC (66 balls)

David Warner is one of the surprising names on the list of slowest centuries in the history of IPL. Deciding to bat first on a slow surface at Delhi in IPL 2010, David Warner took 66 balls to score his century and eventually made 107* with 9 fours and 5 sixes. Delhi posted 177 runs in 20 and restricted KKR to 137 runs.

Also read: Fastest Fifty (50) in IPL History 2008-2024

5. Jos Buttler - RR (66 balls)

Jos Buttler is the fifth name on the list of IPL slowest hundreds. Butler scored one of his four centuries in IPL 2022 against Mumbai Indians at the DY Patil Stadium in 66 balls. and saw MI winning the toss and choosing to chase. He hit 11 fours and 5 sixes as RR posted 193 runs. MI was restricted to 170 runs in 20 overs, losing the match by 23 runs.

List of top 10 Slowest 100s in Indian Premier League

RankPlayerBalls Taken To Reach 100TeamAgainstLocationYear
1Virat Kohli67RCBRRJaipur2024
2Manish Pandey67RCBDeccanCenturion2009
3Sachin Tendulkar66MIKochiMumbai2011
4David Warner66DCKKRDelhi2010
5Jos Buttler66RRMINavi Mumbai2022
6Kevin Pietersen64DCDeccanDelhi2012
7KL Rahul63PunjabMIMumbai2019
8Virat Kohli63RCBGuj LionsRajkot2016
9Virat Kohli62RCBSRHBengaluru2016
10Ambati Rayudu62CSKSRHPune2018


Who has hit the slowest century in IPL 2024?

RCB’s Virat Kohli scored the slowest century of IPL 2024. He faced 67 balls for his 100 runs against RR at Jaipur on 6 April 2024.

Who has hit the slowest century in the IPL History?

RCB’s Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey are joint holders of the slowest century record in IPL history. Both players took 67 balls to reach their respective centuries.


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