For a player who has created his own legacy as arguably the greatest finishers in the game, Sunday (July 2) was an unusual day.
Former India skipper MS Dhoni scored his 64th half-century against West Indies in the fourth of the ongoing five-match One-Day International series but it was one of the most uncharacteristic knocks by his standards. The 35-year old, who had become the first Indian batsman to smash 200 sixes in the ODIs during his 78-runs knock in the last ODI, scored the second slowest fifty for India in the limited overs cricket. He took 108 balls to reach the feat.
The stage was set for Dhoni to rescue the team once again but the World Cup-winning skipper never managed to get going in the innings. Surprisingly, he managed to hit just one boundary during his 108-ball stay, as he scored India’s slowest half-century in 16 years.
So here is a look at the 5 slowest half-centuries from Indian batsmen:
5. Mohammad Kaif (98 balls):
Former India batsman Mohammad Kaif is fifth on this list for the knock that came against New Zealand in the super-six stage of the 2003 World Cup. Chasing 146, India were staring down the barrel after being reduced to 21 for three but Kaif along with Rahul Dravid took India home with an unbeaten partnership of 129 runs.
With the team in such a precarious situation, Kaif adopted a cautious approach and reached his fifty in 98 balls. He scored 68 off 129 balls while Dravid remained unbeaten on 53 off 89.