Over the years, the game of cricket has witnessed a lot of changes. The introduction of the shortest format of the game – T20I has brought a change in the mindset of the batsmen. Scoring a quick century or a half-century has always turned the tables in the game in split seconds.
Team India has produced a lot of explosives and attacking batsmen, over the years. From Kapil Dev, Virender Sehwag to Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, these explosive batsmen have dominated the international circuit for many years and have made many records.
Here, we bring you a list of 5 cricketers who scored the fastest half-century in ODI cricket. Have a look:
5) Yuvraj Singh – 22 balls:
Former Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh, who is regarded as one of the most destructive batsmen, has made many records in his playing days. It was in the year 2004, during a match against Bangladesh in an ODI match when Yuvi gave a memorable performance and scored his fastest fifty. He played an amazing knock of 69 runs with the help of 8 fours and 3 sixes in just 32 balls. During this knock, he scored a half-century in only 22 balls.
4) Rahul Dravid – 22 balls:
Former Indian veteran Rahul Dravid is known for his sound knowledge of the game, technique and skills. He was fondly called as ‘Mr. Dependable’ because of his passion for the game. He scored his 50 not out with the help of 5 fours and 3 sixes in the year 2003 against New Zealand on Hyderabad’s ground, where he scored his fastest century in only 22 balls.
3) Virender Sehwag – 22 balls:
Former India’s explosive batsman Virender Sehwag is the third one in this list. He has scored his half-century in only 22 balls in 2001 in a match against Kenya. During this innings, Sehwag had scored an unbeaten 55 runs, with the help of fours and 3 sixes.
2) Kapil Dev – 22 balls:
It was in the year 1983 when former Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev had scored a half-century against West Indies with the help of just 22 balls. During this innings, Kapil Dev played an innings of 72 runs, including 3 sixes and 7 fours.
1) Ajit Agarkar – 21 balls:
Ajit Agarkar is currently at the top of this list. He surprised the whole nation by playing a memorable knock against Zimbabwe in the year 2000 with the help of 21 balls at Rajkot ground. During this innings, Ajit played a memorable an unbeaten knock of 67 runs, including 7 fours and 4 sixes in only 25 balls.