With the introduction of T20 cricket in the past decade, modern-day batsmen transformed their ways of approaching the sport. We as viewers have observed that cricketers like Andre Russel have found more success and fame as their style of batting is aggressive and entertaining. Players like Glenn Maxwell, Rishabh Pant, Kieron Pollard etc. prefer to hit the ball for a six right from their first delivery to put pressure back on the bowler. Let us have a look at such instances where the bowlers have been demolished by outstanding attacking innings by batsmen in ODI cricket. Here are the top 10 Fastest 50 in ODI.
Complete list of Top 10 Fastest 50 in ODI
|S.N||Name of cricketer||Team||Against||Date & place||Balls|
|1||Brendon McCullum||New Zealand||England||Wellington, 2015||18 balls|
|2||Shahid Afridi||Pakistan||Bangladesh||Mirpur, 2014||18 balls|
|3||Glenn Maxwell||Australia||India||Bangalore, 2013||18 balls|
|4||Shahid Afridi||Pakistan||Netherlands||Colombo, 2002||18 balls|
|5||Shahid Afridi||Pakistan||Sri Lanka||Nairobi, 1996||18 balls|
|6||Simon O’Donnell||Australia||Sri Lanka||Sharjah, 1990||18 balls|
|7||Martin Guptill||New Zealand||Sri Lanka||Christchurch, 2015||17 balls|
|8||Kusal Perera||Sri Lanka||Pakistan||Pallekele, 2015||17 balls|
|9||Sanath Jayasuriya||Sri Lanka||Pakistan||Singapore, 1996||17 balls|
|10||AB De Villiers||South Africa||West Indies||Johannesburg, 2015||16 balls|
10Brendon McCullum (NZ) vs England, Wellington, 2015 (18 balls)
On number 10 is Brendon McCullum’s quickfire half-century which came in just 18 balls. This knock came in an all-important group stage match of ICC World Cup 2015. Although New Zealand were chasing a small total of 124, Brendon decided to finish the game as soon as possible as he smashed 7 fours and 8 sixes in his knock of 77 in 25 balls.
9Shahid Afridi (PAK) vs Bangladesh, Mirpur, 2014 (18 balls)
Next is ‘Boom Boom’ Afridi himself, for his mind-blowing 59 against Bangladesh in Asia Cup 2014. Pakistan were chasing a huge total of 327 set up by the Bangladeshis and were on the verge of witnessing a huge upset. However, that didn’t happen as the Afridi’s half-century in just 18 balls got Pakistan through the line. Afridi smashed 7 sixes in this innings and was also adjudged as ‘Man of the Match’.
8Glenn Maxwell (AUS) vs India, Bangalore, 2013 (18 balls)
7Shahid Afridi (PAK) vs the Netherlands, Colombo, 2002 (18 balls)
On number 7 is again Shahid Afridi’s unbeaten 55 in just 18 balls against a rather weak bowling line-up of the Netherlands in the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy. Shahid scored at an unimaginable strike rate of 305.55 and smashed 4 fours and 6 sixes in this innings.
6Shahid Afridi (PAK) vs Sri Lanka, Nairobi, 1996 (18 balls)
5Simon O’Donnell (AUS) vs Sri Lanka, Sharjah, 1990 (18 balls)
4Fastest 50 in ODI | Martin Guptill (NZ) vs Sri Lanka, Christchurch, 2015 (17 balls)
Number 4 is Martin Guptill’s explosive 93* off 30 balls. He smashed his half-century in only 17 deliveries and scored the fastest 50 in ODI by a New Zealand batsman. Due to Guptill’s unimaginable innings, New Zealand managed to chase Sri Lanka’s target of 118 in just 8.2 overs!