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The introduction of T20 cricket has seen the rise of the standards of batting in the modern cricketing age. The batsmen today have developed their own ways of dealing with bowlers and have found a way to counter-attack them by playing smart and aggressive cricket. Let us have a look at instances where batsmen have demolished some of the bowling units with the top 10 fastest 50 in T20 cricket.
Complete list of fastest 50 in T20 cricket
|India v England
|Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers
|Kabul Zwanan v Balkh Legends
|Somerset v Hampshire
|Comilla Victorians v Chattogram Challengers
|Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders
|Sialkot v Lahore Eagles
|Yorkshire v Derbyshire
|Central Districts v Otago
|Trinidad & Tobago v Leeward Islands
10Kieron Pollard, Trinidad & Tobago vs the Leeward Islands, Antigua, 2012 – 14 balls
Kieron Pollard played a great inning of 56 in just 15 balls in the Caribbean T20 league. During the second last over of the innings, Pollard smashed one of the bowlers of Leeward Islands’ team for five sixes! He smashed eight sixes at a strike rate of 373.33!
9Kieran Noema-Barnett, Central Districts vs Otago, Invercargill, 2010 – 14 Balls
Next on the list is New Zealand’s Kieran Noema-Barnett. Barnett scored the then fastest 50 in T20 for NZ cricket against Otago in New Zealand’s domestic T20 league. He struck 3 fours and 6 sixes in this innings to reach to his milestone in just 14 balls.
8Gerard Brophy, Yorkshire vs Derbyshire, Derby, 2006 – 14 balls
On number 6 is South African first-class wicket-keeper Gerard Brophy. Brophy scored an explosive 57 off 18 deliveries for Yorkshire against Derbyshire. Brophy’s innings included 13 fours and not a single six, and still, he was able to score, at a strike rate of 316.66!
7Imran Nazir, Sialkot Stallions vs Lahore Eagles, Lahore, 2005 – 14 balls
Next on the list is Pakistan’s explosive opener, Imran Nazir. Right in the initial days after the introduction of T20 cricket, Imran Nazir sent a statement across Pakistan that this format was the most suited for a batsman of his caliber. Imran went on to score 54 off just 19 balls and reached the milestone in only 14 balls. Nazir continued with the same attitude and aggression in the rest of his career.
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6Yashasvi Jaiswal – 13 balls
In 2023, Jaiswal in an IPL match of Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders, struck down 50 runs in merely 13 balls, entering the fastest T20 fifties elite list.
5Sunil Narine – 13 balls
During the Bangladesh Premier League 2022 match of Comilla Victorians v Chattogram Challengers, Sunil Narine made one of the fastest fifties to enter the list.
4Fastest 50 in T20 cricket – Marcus Trescothick, Somerset vs Hampshire, Taunton, 2010 – 13 balls
In a group stage match against Hampshire in England’s Friends Provident T20 Cup, Somerset’s skipper and former English opener Marcus Trescothick scored an unbelievable inning of 78 off just 27 balls. He reached to his 50 in just 13 balls and smashed 7 fours and 7 sixes in this knock and led his team to a famous victory.
3Fastest 50 in T20 cricket – Hazratullah Zazai, Kabul Zwanan vs Balkh Legends, Sharjah, 2018 – 12 balls
Number 3 on the countdown is Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai’s 62 in just 17 balls. Zazai batted at an impeccable strike rate of 364.71 in this match of the Afghanistan Premier League. With this innings, Zazai created history by smashing 6 sixes in an over. He smashed Balkh Legends’ Abdullah Mazari for 6 sixes. With this, he became the 5th member on the list of batsmen with this feat in their career in any form of cricket.
2Fastest 50 in T20 cricket – Chris Gayle, Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers, Melbourne, 2016 – 12 balls
Number 2 on the list of fastest 50 in T20 cricket is the Boss Chris Gayle. The West Indian struck a lightning-fast 56 off just 17 balls against Adelaide Strikers. This knock came in the league stage of Big Bash League’s 2016 edition. The Renegades needed to chase down Adelaide Strikers’ target of 171 in just 16 overs to qualify for the knockout stage. Gayle provided them with a base by reaching to his 50 in just 12 balls. However, the rest of the team couldn’t capitalise over the start and lost the game by 27 runs.
1Fastest 50 in T20 cricket – Yuvraj Singh, India vs England, Durban, 2007 – 12 balls
The record for the fastest fifty in T20 cricket is held by Yuvraj Singh. One of the most loved heroes of the game, Singh took just 12 balls to reach the milestone in the historic match against England in the inaugural edition of ICC T20 World Cup in 2007. Yuvraj smashed the very famous 6 sixes in an over off Stuart Broad and created history by becoming the first cricketer to do so in T20 cricket.
The record for the fastest 50 runs in T20 cricket history is held by Yuvraj Singh with an astonishing achievement.
The fastest fifty in T20 cricket history was scored in an incredible 12 balls, showcasing exceptional batting prowess.
Yashasvi Jaiswal made the recent fastest fifty during an IPL 2023 match in 13 balls.