ODI Cricket: India has produced some of the greatest batsmen in the history of the world of cricket. That is the reason that, after Australia, India is arguably the second best team in history in terms of winning major championships. A strong batting line-up is the biggest reason behind India’s success and domination in the game of cricket.
There are many records that India has when it comes to One-Day Internationals. So in this article, we will discuss a unique record about which everyone would be curious to know. Speaking of ODI cricket history, there are a few destructive Indian batters that have stepped into the game. So let’s check out the list of Indian batters with the fastest half-centuries.
3. Rahul Dravid (22 balls) against New Zealand in 2003
Rahul Dravid was always known for his calmness and cool head. He was known for playing big innings for India across the format. But in this list, he is third with a 22-ball half-century. It was the 9th match between India and New Zealand at Hyderabad. Batting first, India scored a massive 353/5 in their 50 overs. Both Indian openers, Virender Sehwag (130) and Sachin Tendulkar (102), added 182 runs for the first wicket.
But the real cameo came at the end from Rahul Dravid. He came and just took the game away, scoring 50* off 22 balls, including five fours and three sixes. Chasing the target, New Zealand could manage 208 runs and lost the game by 145 runs.
2. Kapil Dev (22 balls) against the West Indies in 1983
Kapil Dev is arguably the best all-rounder India has produced in its history so far. He was equally adept with both the bat and the ball and has demonstrated his abilities in both areas. It was a match against the West Indies at Alboin. Batting first, India scored 282/5 in their 50 overs. Sunil Gavaskar scored 90 runs, but the real cameo came from the bat of skipper Kapil Dev. He came out to bat at No. 4 and smashed a 22-ball half-century.
He scored an unbeaten 72* off 38 balls, including seven fours and three sixes. Chasing the target, the West Indies scored 255 runs and lost the match by 27 runs. Kapil picked up two wickets and also took two catches in the field.
1. Ajit Agarkar (21 runs) against Zimbabwe in 2000
One surprising name in the list is India’s former pacer Ajit Agarkar. He was one of the most underrated lower order batsmen for India. He holds the record of scoring the fastest half-century by an Indian off just 21 balls. It was the 5th ODI of the Zimbabwe tour of India. Batting first, India scored 301/6 runs in their 50 overs. Agarkar, who came out in the 44th over, scored 67* off 25 balls, including seven fours and four maximums.
Chasing the target, Zimbabwe didn’t have a great start and kept losing their wickets at regular intervals. In the end, they got all out for 262 runs and lost the match by 39 runs. Agarkar picked up three wickets with the ball as well and won the “Man of the Match” award.
List of Fastest 50 in ODI Cricket By India