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    In Pics: Fastest World Cup Centuries

    • Aussie opener Matthew Hayden hit the ground running against South Africa in the 2007 World Cup. The burly Aussie reached his ton in 66 balls. (Getty Images)

    • Canadian John Davison went hammer and tongs on the Windies attack in the 2003 World Cup. He hit 6 sixes and 8 fours in his 76-ball 111. he reached his century in only 67 balls. (Getty Images)

    • Touted as one of the best World Cup hundreds ever. Adam Gilchrist made the 2007 World Cup final into a one-man show playing a surreal 129-ball 149, hitting an astonishing 13 fours and 8 sixes. He reached his ton in 72 balls. (Getty Images)

    • The Irish big-hitter Kevin O' Brien took the attack to England and smashed a whirlwind 50-ball 100 to guide Ireland to victory. (Getty Images)

    • The Indian captain and talisman Kapil Dev saved India the blushes by playing a match winning 175 not out against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup. In the process he reached his ton in no more than 72 balls. (Getty Images)