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Namibia's Loftie-Eaton breaks T20 cricket world record

This record was previously held by Nepal's Kushal Malla

By Web Desk
February 27, 2024
Namibia batter Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton scored a hundred off just 33 balls. — X/@CricketNep
Namibia batter Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton scored a hundred off just 33 balls. — X/@CricketNep

Namibia's eminent batsman Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton Tuesday became the fastest batter to score a T20 hundred after smashing a century off just 33 balls against Nepal.

The record was previously held by Nepal's Kushal Malla, who hit one off 34 balls versus Mongolia last year.

With the help of 11 fours and eight sixes, the batter notched up 101 off just 36 deliveries and reached the hundred on the 33rd delivery with a four.

Loftie-Eaton displayed the heroics in the first T20I of the Nepal Tri-Nation T20I series against the hosts.

Fastest hundreds in Men's T20Is

Name Country Opponent Balls
Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton
Namibia Nepal33
Kushal Malla 
NepalNamibia34
David Miller 
South AfricaBangladesh35
Rohit Sharma 
IndiaSri Lanka35
Sudesh Wickramasekara 
Czech Republic
Turkey35

Led by the 22-year-old's exploits, Namibia scored 206/4 in their 20 overs. Despite, contributions from Rohit Paudel (42 from 24), Malla (32 from 21), Dipendra Singh Airee (48 from 32), and Sompal Kami (26 from 11), the tournament hosts fell short of the target by 20 runs.

Loftie-Eaton, who also took two wickets, bagged the award for player of the match.

Chris Gayle’s 30-ball century in a 2013 Indian Premier League match remains the overall record for the fastest T20 ton.