ODI cricket has transformed stunningly especially post the 2015 ODI World Cup. Teams have taken to England’s all-out attacking approach. It was England who registered the highest score of 481 in ODI’s against Australia in 2018. India though have kept playing the format the same way they had been playing right since the turn of this century. It is now that they have realised the importance of embracing an aggressive approach.Top 5 fastest 50 by Indian batsmen in ODI cricket.
StumpsandBails looks at 5 fastest 50 in ODI by Indian batsmen in ODI’s:
#5 Virender Sehwag (22 balls)
India had a great start as openers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly had added 258 runs for the first wicket against Kenya. Sehwag was sent in next to capitalise on the great start. He smashed 55 off just 23 balls. His innings was studded with 7 fours and 3 sixes. India finished with a score above 350 and ended up winning this encounter in 2001 at Boland Park, Paarl by 186 runs. It was a sign of things to come from Sehwag’s blade.
#4 Yuvraj Singh (22 balls)
India were hurting with the loss against Bangladesh in the 2nd ODI. They were seeking revenge in the third and final encounter of the three-match ODI series in 2004/05. India batting first had set up a solid platform. Yuvraj Singh then added the perfect finishing touch to the innings. India scored almost 100 runs in the last 10 overs to post a daunting total. Singh scored fifty off just 22 balls and ended up scoring 69 from 32 balls. His innings was laced with 8 boundaries and 3 sixes. He is one of the top five fastest 50 in odi. India won the decider by 91-runs.
#3 Rahul Dravid (22 balls)
Rahul Dravid termed a Test match specialist had a point to prove. India batting first in a must-win game against the Kiwis were in a position of strength courtesy centuries from the blade of Tendulkar and Sehwag. India needed to cash on but many of their strikers failed to get going. Dravid walked in at number 7. He was seething as players like Mohammad Kaif were sent ahead of him to accelerate. The ‘Wall’ notched up a 22-ball 50 comprising 5 fours and 3 sixes. Dravid’s innings proved that he was an all-format player.
#2 Kapil Dev (22 balls)
Kapil Dev was a batsman who would have relished batting in these modern times. He was a cut above the rest when it came to ball striking back in those days. Dev scored a quick-fire fifty in the 80s against the West Indies. His innings has stood the test of time even after 4 decades. He scored a 22-ball fifty against a Windies attack comprising Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall, and Andy Roberts. Kapil Dev smashed 72 runs in just 38 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes. This was surely an innings that was valuable than even many centuries.
#1 Ajit Agarkar (21 balls)
The number 1 batsman on this list will take many cricket fans by surprise. Agarkar achieved this feat in Rajkot 20 years ago. In the 5th ODI against Zimbabwe, India were struggling at 216/6 in 43.3 overs. Agarkar entered the pitch and conquered it in stunning style. He struck 7 fours and 4 sixes in his essay. Agarkar completed his half-century in just 21 balls and finished with 67 not out from 39 balls. In the forgotten annals of Indian cricket, this innings ranks right up there.