Chris Gayle who scored a 30-ball hundred to break all sort of records in professional cricket. And then there was Sir Donald Bradman, who, in the early 19th century, scored an incredible 22-ball 100 during the course of a village game on November 2, 1931.
On the day, Bradman was invited to a game against Lithgow, along with his colleague from the New South Wales Sheffield Shield team, Oscar Wendell Bill. The game was being played as part of the inauguration of a new concrete pitch.
Clearly, the Don was in no mood to let up and absolutely hammered the Lithgow bowlers to bring up his century in 22 deliveries!
Don Bradman performed this historic feat in just three overs.
Here is the break up of those overs:
1st over — 6, 6, 4, 2, 4, 4, 6, 1 (33, all to Bradman)
2nd over — 6, 4, 4, 6, 6, 4, 6, 4 (40, all to Bradman)
3rd over — 1*, 6, 6, 1, 1*, 4, 4, 6 (27 to Bradman, 2* to Wendell Bill).
In that match, Bradman made 256 in that innings, with 14 sixes and 29 fours.
After the match Bradman presented the bat, which weighed 2lbs 2ozs, he used to the Blackheath mayor, who had it mounted on a wall in the council offices. It was said he asked people to swear on it when an honest response was needed. It is now on loan to the Bradman Museum at Bowral.