On This Day: Viv Richards redefined Test cricket with 56-ball century

In a 1986 Test, Viv Richards smashed a 56-ball century vs. England that stayed the record for the next 31 years for the fastest test century.

by Hari Aditya

Updated: Apr 15, 2020 16:35 IST

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Throwback to Fastest Century

Of the many aspects that Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards has changed the game of cricket, his 56-ball century in 1986's fourth inning of a Test against England-which will be the mark for the fastest test century for the next 31 years is one of the leading examples. On April 15, 1986, a hapless English bowling assault was brought to the sword by the 'Master Blaster' who was then already captain of the West Indies team. The knock came in the Test's fourth innings when West Indies tried to build on the fourth day in pursuit of a victory on a second-inning lead.

The sequence of Viv's scoring shots in the innings: 

3,6,1,2,6,1,4,1,2,1,1,1,4,1,2,1,1,2,2,1,1,1,1,1,6(53 in 35 balls)


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