Rajasthan Royals’ star opener Yashasvi Jaiswal continued his purple patch in the ongoing 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League. On Thursday, Yashasvi created history against Kolkata Knight Riders as he became the quickest batsman to score a half-century in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Yashasvi Played A Record-Breaking Knock
Jaiswal gave a flying start to Rajasthan Royals in the chase to the target of 150 runs and hit Nitish Rana for back-to-back sixes on the first two balls. He smashed three boundaries on the next four balls and smashed a total of 26 runs in the opening over.
The star opener didn’t let the scoring rate go down as he finished the second over with a boundary and a six. In the 3rd over, Jaiswal smashed three back-to-back boundaries off Shardul Thakur’s bowling and reached the 50-run mark with a single on the fourth ball.
Jaiswal breached the 50-run mark in just 13 balls. With this, he broke the 5-year-old record of KL Rahul.
The record for the fastest half-century in the Indian Premier League was held by KL Rahul, who reached the fifty off just 14 balls. He achieved the milestone on his debut match for Punjab Kings (then known as Kings XI Punjab) in IPL 2018.
Pat Cummins became the joint-fastest half-centurion in IPL in IPL 2022. He also achieved the milestone while playing for KKR. And a year later, Yashasvi also scored his IPL’s fastest half-century against the same team.
Fastest fifties in IPL:
⦿ Yashasvi Jaiswal: 13 balls
⦿ KL Rahul: 14 balls
⦿ Pat Cummins: 14 balls
⦿ Yusuf Pathan: 15 balls
⦿ Sunil Naraine: 15 balls
Virat Kohli Hailed Yashasvi Jaiswal For His Brilliance
Meanwhile, Jaiswal is receiving praise from all corners for his brilliant performance. From cricketers to experts and fans, everyone is left in awe of Jaiswal. Among many, Indian batting superstar Virat Kohli also took to his Instagram and hailed the RR star for his brilliant performance.
In his Instagram story, Virat wrote how Jaiswal played one of the best knocks he saw in a while. He wrote:
“Wow this is some of the best batting I’ve seen in a while. What a talent @yashasvijaiswal28”
Check out Virat Kohli’s story:
Jaiswal has been in some sensational form in the ongoing 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League. He has now amassed more than 530 runs this season overtaking Ishan Kishan’s (516) record of most runs in an IPL season by an uncapped Indian player. Jaiswal is second behind RCB skipper Faf du Plessis’ 576 runs in the highest run-getters list this season.
Earlier this season, Jaiswal became the joint-second fastest Indian to hit 1000 IPL runs after reaching the elite milestone in just 34 innings.
Fastest FIFTY in the IPL
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