Breaking Boundaries: Revisiting the Fastest Fifty Hitters in Cricket History


Breaking Boundaries: Revisiting the Fastest Fifty Hitters in Cricket History

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Cricket enthusiasts have always been fascinated by the records set in the sport, and one of the most exhilarating feats is scoring a fifty in the shortest time possible. In this article, we delve into the record books to uncover the players who have achieved the fastest fifties in different formats of the game. Let’s take a look at these remarkable performances:

Fastest Fifty in Cricket History

PlayerBalls FacedYearFormat
Dipendra Singh Airee92023T20
Kaushalya Weeraratne122005List A
Yuvraj Singh122007T20
Wayne White122012First-Class
Chris Gayle122016T20
Hazratullah Zazai122018T20

The record for the fastest fifty in cricket history is held by Nepal’s Dipendra Singh Airee, who achieved this incredible feat by smashing a nine-ball half-century against Mongolia in the 2023 Asian Games. His remarkable knock not only earned him a place in the record books but also helped Nepal secure a resounding 273-run victory.

Fastest Fifty in First-Class Cricket

Wayne White’s name is etched in the annals of First-Class cricket as the record holder for the fastest fifty. In 2012, playing for Leicestershire against Essex, he blazed his way to an unbeaten 12-ball 50. This remarkable innings, featuring four boundaries and four sixes, set up a challenging target of 270 runs for Essex, resulting in a draw.

PlayerTeamOpponentBalls FacedYear
Wayne WhiteLeicestershireEssex122012
Michael van VuurenEastern Province ‘B’Griqualand West131985
Ned EckersleyLeicestershireEssex142012
Khalil MahmoodGujranwalaSargodha152000
Bandeep SinghJammu and KashmirTripura152015

In the same match where Wayne White achieved his record-breaking feat, his teammate Ned Eckersley also hit a blistering 14-ball fifty, remaining unbeaten with a 19-ball 70 alongside White.

Fastest Fifty in Test Cricket

In the prestigious realm of Test cricket, former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq holds the record for the fastest fifty. In a memorable 2014 Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi, Misbah reached his half-century in just 21 balls, breaking the previous record held by Jacques Kallis.

PlayerTeamOpponentBalls FacedYear
David WarnerAustraliaGriqualand West232017
Jacques KallisSouth AfricaEssex242005
Shane ShillingfordWest IndiesNew Zealand252014
Shahid AfridiPakistanIndia262005
Rishabh PantIndiaSri Lanka282022

Fastest Fifty in List A Cricket

Kaushalya Weeraratne is credited with scoring the fastest fifty in List A cricket, achieving this milestone with a breathtaking 12-ball effort for Ragama Cricket Club against Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club in the 2005 Premier Limited Over Tournament.

PlayerTeamOpponentBalls FacedYear
Kaushalya WeeraratneRagama Cricket ClubKurunegala Youth Cricket Club122005
Thisara PereraSri Lanka Army Sports ClubBloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club132021
Rory KleinveldtWestern ProvinceKwaZulu-Natal142011
Adam HollioakeSurreyYorkshire151994
Salman ButtNational Bank of PakistanLahore Eagles152005

Notably, Baroda’s Atit Sheth hit the fastest fifty in List A cricket during the 2020-21 Vijay Hazare Trophy Elite Group A match against Chhattisgarh, further showcasing the dynamic nature of List A cricket.

Fastest Fifty in ODIs

AB de Villiers’ name shines brightly in the realm of One Day Internationals (ODIs) as he holds the record for the fastest fifty. In a memorable 2015 ODI against West Indies, de Villiers reached his fifty in a mere 16 balls, ultimately scoring a scintillating 44-ball 149.

PlayerTeamOpponentBalls FacedYear
AB de VilliersSouth AfricaWest Indies162015
Sanath JayasuriyaSri LankaPakistan171996
Kusal PereraSri LankaPakistan172015
Martin GuptillNew ZealandSri Lanka172015
Liam LivingstoneEnglandNetherlands172022

Ajit Agarkar also etched his name in history by hitting the fastest fifty in ODIs for the Indian cricket team in 2000, helping India secure a memorable victory.

Fastest Fifty in T20 Cricket

As mentioned earlier, Nepal’s Dipendra Singh Airee recently set the record for the fastest fifty in cricket history, achieving this milestone with a lightning-fast nine-ball half-century against Mongolia in the 2023 Asian Games.

PlayerTeamOpponentBalls FacedYear
Dipendra Singh AireeNepalMongolia92023
Yuvraj SinghIndiaEngland122007
Chris GayleMelbourne RenegadesAdelaide Strikers122016
Hazratullah ZazaiKabul ZwananBalkh Legends122018
Marcus TrescothickSomersetHampshire132010
Mirza AhsanAustriaLuxembourg132019

Yuvraj Singh’s memorable 2007 T20 World Cup innings against England, which included six sixes in an over, remains etched in cricket history as one of the most iconic performances in the shortest format.

Cricket continues to produce breathtaking moments, and these records stand as a testament to the incredible talent and passion of the players who have graced the sport. As cricket fans, we eagerly await the next player who will etch their name into the record books with a lightning-fast fifty.


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