IND vs ENG: Ben Duckett smashes fastest England hundred against India in Rajkot Test

IND vs ENG 3rd Test: In a thrilling display of aggressive batting, England opener Ben Duckett stunned spectators at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot during the third Test against India. Duckett’s fiery innings propelled him to a century off just 88 balls, marking the fastest hundred by an England batter against India in Test cricket.

Known for his bold and attacking style, Duckett showcased a masterclass in what has been affectionately dubbed “Bazball,” a nod to the aggressive approach advocated by England’s coach Brendon McCullum. The left-handed batsman unleashed a barrage of strokes, sweeping spinners to the boundary with audacious ease.


By the time Duckett reached his century, he had amassed an impressive 102 not out from just 88 deliveries, featuring a staggering 19 boundaries and one six. His innings was characterized by fearless stroke play, a testament to his preference for aggression over conventional defensive techniques. Duckett’s ability to dominate both pace and spin bowlers was on full display as he maintained a strike rate of over 130, typically associated with Twenty20 cricket rather than the Test format.

Duckett’s fearless approach not only entertained the crowd but also shifted the momentum in England’s favor as they aimed to chase down India’s first-innings total. Despite Ravichandran Ashwin claiming his 500th Test wicket earlier in the day, it was Duckett’s explosive batting that stole the limelight and injected excitement into the match.

His century exemplifies the evolving nature of Test cricket, where traditional patience and grit are complemented by aggression and innovation. Duckett’s remarkable innings serves as a reminder that he is unafraid to take risks, even in the longest format of the game.

As England seeks to level the series, currently standing at 1-1, Duckett’s performance in Rajkot will be etched in cricketing history as a dazzling display of fearless batting prowess.