The fastest fifty in ODI cricket might have become a norm now, but it often takes courage from the batters where there is no room for an error or vice versa. Be it the fastest fifty in ODI or hundreds—the similarity, all in all, is about the batting records. The cricketing globe has had quite often witnessed the pyrotechnics. The coveted list of batsmen with fastest fifty in ODI cricket include big-hitters of the cricketing ball.
Remember Shahid Afridi’s knock against Sri Lanka National Cricket Team at Nairobi and that too when he was a mere teenager? Such has been the narrative of batsmen. Afridi has etched his name thrice owing to the top ten list of the fastest fifty ODI fifty.
Interestingly, the flexing of muscles and fat blades has had witnessed the balls soaring into the skies.
In the recent past, some players came out all guns blazing to slam fastest half-centuries for their respective countries. And they treat it as a privilege to be named on the coveted list.
To be precise, cricket is not a slow sport anymore which has emerged to be a better sight for the spectators. Now, it’s also about the T10 league to witness a flurry of boundaries and sixes respectively.
Let’s take a look at the top 10 batsmen with fastest fifty in ODI cricket:
- AB de Villiers 50 off 16 balls:
Known for his stroke-making, AB de Villiers has been remarkable in his approach. He holds the number one position among the batsmen with fastest fifty in ODI cricket. Being a nightmare for the bowlers, de Villiers had also known those technicalities of the game to deliver goods.
Well, making some improvisation in the grammar of playing, de Villiers had further shattered quite a few records.
The world-record holder de Villiers played a blinder of an innings against the Windies at Johannesburg. He achieved the feat off just 16 deliveries on January 18 2015.
Overall, his impressive innings of 149 was laced with 16 sixes and nine fours.
- Sanath Jayasuriya 50 off 17 balls:
Second, on the list of batsmen with fastest fifty in ODI cricket is Sanath Jayasuriya. Southpaw is also known as the Matara Hurricane. He has imbibed the culture of changing the complexion of the game.
Making most of the powerplay overs, Jayasuriya had further instilled fear among the opposition bowlers.
The southpaw Jayasuriya achieved the feat against Pakistan at Singapore on 07 April 1996.
Jayasuriya scored 76 runs as his breezy innings included five sixes and eight boundaries.
- Kusal Perera 50 off 17 balls:
The left-handed 28-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera is a treat to watch in the white-ball cricket. He bagged the third spot among the batsmen with fastest fifty in ODI cricket.
While scoring 2000-odd runs for Sri Lanka, Perera’s quickest fifty-ever also came against Pakistan. Moreover, Perera pounced on every opportunity whatever Pakistan bowlers have had offered him at the Pallekele Stadium.
Known for playing an aggressive brand of cricket, Perera smashed 17-ball fifty. His innings of 68 include 13 fours and five sixes.
- Martin Guptill 50 off 17:
Only, you can’t keep Martin Guptill out of the fastest fifty’s race or vice versa. Clinical in his approach, Guptill has won many-a-games for New Zealand. Guptill has blown away the opposition with his scoring spree.
Guptill registered his record fastest fifty against Sri Lanka at Christchurch on 28th of December 2015. He scored 93 which included nine fours and eight massive sixes.
- Simon O’Donnell 50 off 18 balls:
Simon O’Donnell of Australia is listed fourth on the list of batsmen with fastest fifty in the ODI cricket. O’Donnell represented Australian National Cricket Team in 87 ODIs and six Tests. He scored 1,242 runs in 64 ODI innings.
The right-handed batsman O’Donnell rose to the occasion when he was playing against Sri Lanka at the historic stadium in Sharjah.
On 02 May 1990, O’Donnell scored 74 runs after his half-century came off just 18 balls. In his quickfire knock, O’Donnell smashed six sixes and four fours.
- Shahid Afridi 50 off 18 balls:
Veteran Pakistan National Cricket Team all-rounder Shahid Afridi had been known for his hard-hitting prowess. He is sixth on the list of batsmen with fastest fifty in ODI cricket.
Leaving the impact in the world cricket, Afridi has further maintained the credibility to prove himself as a professional at the highest platform.
In Nairobi on October 04, 1996, Afridi smashed 102 off just 37 balls. Moreover, his 50 came off only 18 balls. Overall, in his innings, Afridi smashed 11 sixes and six fours to thrash Sri Lankan bowlers.
- Shahid Afridi 50 off 18 balls:
Once again, Shahid Afridi has been in some business with the willow to earn the seventh position among batsmen with fastest fifty in ODI cricket.
Way back in 2002, Afridi hit six sixes and four fours during his unbeaten knock off 55 which came against the Netherlands at Colombo.
The former skipper of Pakistan had walked the road only to look back and feel proud. With his numbers speaking volumes, Afridi has been often known for his bold approach whatever the situation he was given to adapt.
- Glenn Maxwell 50 off 18 balls:
As of now, Glenn Maxwell might be struggling to cement the spot in the Australian team, but the image he has imprinted on our minds, says it all in a nutshell.
Having all shots in his arsenal, Maxwell has had played some exceptional innings in the past. And at the same time, one can’t turn on a blind eye to it.
Also, Maxwell smashed fastest ODI fifty against India at Bengaluru off just 18 balls. He scored 60, and his breezy innings was laced with seven sixes and three fours.
- Shahid Afridi 50 off 18 balls:
Shahid Afridi, who is the household name, had encouraged many behind the scenes. To be precise, he has been an inspiration for many while being one of the biggest things in the cricketing community.
Afridi scored yet another 18-ball fifty and this time against Bangladesh National Cricket Team. It came at Mirpur on April 03, 2018 when he scored 59. Afridi further smashed seven sixes and two fours against the Tigers.
- Brendon McCullum 50 off 18 balls:
Kiwis star batsman Brendon McCullum has been sensational on the field in particular. Known for his calculative approach, McCullum had been the backbone for the Black Caps during his tenure.
McCullum smashed 77 against England at Wellington on 20 February 2015. His innings was laced with eight fours and seven sixes. He is listed on the tenth spot among batsmen with fastest fifty in ODI cricket.
Here’s the table comprised of batsmen with fastest fifty in ODI cricket
|1||AB de Villiers||149||16||16||9||South Africa v West Indies||Johannesburg|
|2||ST Jayasuriya||76||17||5||8||Sri Lanka v Pakistan||Singapore|
|3||MDKJ Perera||68||17||2||13||Sri Lanka v Pakistan||Pallekele|
|4||MJ Guptill||93||17||8||9||New Zealand v Sri Lanka||Christchurch|
|5||SP O’Donnell||74||18||6||4||Australia v Sri Lanka||Sharjah|
|6||Shahid Afridi||102||18||11||6||Pakistan v Sri Lanka||Nairobi|
|7||Shahid Afridi||55*||18||6||4||Pakistan v Netherlands||Colombo|
|8||GJ Maxwell||60||18||7||3||Australia v India||Bangalore|
|9||Shahid Afridi||59||18||7||2||Pakistan v Bangladesh||Mirpur|
|10||BB McCullum||77||18||7||8||New Zealand v England||Wellington|
|11||AJ Finch||55||18||3||8||Australia v Sri Lanka||Dambulla|
|12||MV Boucher||51*||19||6||2||South Africa v Kenya||Cape Town|
|13||JM Kemp||53*||19||5||2||South Africa v Zimbabwe||Durban|
|14||BB McCullum||80*||19||6||9||New Zealand v Bangladesh||Queenstown|
|15||LRPL Taylor||59*||19||5||4||New Zealand v Ireland||Aberdeen|
|16||DJ Hussey||52||19||4||4||Australia v West Indies||St Kitts|
|17||Shahid Afridi||65||19||5||5||Pakistan v New Zealand||Christchurch|
|18||BB McCullum||51||19||3||6||New Zealand v Sri Lanka||Christchurch|
|19||Shahid Afridi||102||20||9||10||Pakistan v India||Kanpur|
|20||Shahid Afridi||77*||20||6||5||Pakistan v South Africa||Durban|
|21||BB McCullum||52||20||5||1||New Zealand v Canada||St Lucia|
|22||DJG Sammy||58*||20||6||2||West Indies v South Africa||Antigua|
|23||RD Berrington||56||20||6||2||Scotland v Ireland||Edinburgh|
|24||CJ Anderson||131*||20||14||6||New Zealand v West Indies||Queenstown|
|25||AD Mathews||51||20||6||1||Sri Lanka v Scotland||Hobart|
|26||BL Cairns||52||21||6||1||New Zealand v Australia||Melbourne|
|27||AB Agarkar||67*||21||4||7||India v Zimbabwe||Rajkot|
|28||DA Marillier||56*||21||1||10||Zimbabwe v India||Faridabad|
|29||CD McMillan||64*||21||7||2||New Zealand v USA||The Oval|
|30||Shahid Afridi||58||21||4||5||Pakistan v Zimbabwe||Multan|
|31||Mohammad Ashraful||94||21||3||11||Bangladesh v England||Nottingham|
|32||BB McCullum||51||21||2||7||New Zealand v Zimbabwe||Bulawayo|
|33||MV Boucher||75||21||4||9||South Africa v Netherlands||St Kitts|
|34||Abdur Razzaq||53*||21||5||4||Bangladesh v Zimbabwe||Bulawayo|
|35||Shahid Afridi||55||21||6||3||Pakistan v New Zealand||Sharjah|
|36||Shahid Afridi||67||21||3||9||Pakistan v New Zealand||Wellington|
|37||BB McCullum||50||21||3||7||New Zealand v Australia||Auckland|
|38||GJ Maxwell||88||21||7||6||Australia v Afghanistan||Perth|
|39||F Behardien||50||21||3||3||South Africa v Ireland||Benoni|
|40||EJG Morgan||67||21||6||3||England v Australia||Nottingham|
|41||Kapil Dev||72||22||3||7||India v West Indies||Berbice|
|42||V Sehwag||55*||22||3||7||India v Kenya||Paarl|
|43||DR Martyn||92*||22||1||15||Australia v Bangladesh||Cairns|
|44||R Dravid||50*||22||3||5||India v New Zealand||Hyderabad|
|45||Yuvraj Singh||69||22||3||8||India v Bangladesh||Dhaka|
|46||Abdul Razzaq||51*||22||3||5||Pakistan v England||Karachi|
|47||MV Boucher||52||22||5||2||South Africa v West Indies||Grenada|
|48||Shahid Afridi||73*||22||4||8||Pakistan v Sri Lanka||Abu Dhabi|
|49||L Ronchi||64||22||6||5||Australia v West Indies||St Kitts|
|50||E Chigumbura||68||22||3||10||Zimbabwe v Kenya||Mombasa|
|51||LD Chandimal||52||22||1||8||Sri Lanka v Australia||Sydney|
|52||BB McCullum||59||22||4||8||New Zealand v South Africa||Auckland|
|53||JC Buttler||90*||22||7||7||England v Pakistan||Nottingham|
|54||Mohammad Amir||58||22||4||5||Pakistan v England||Nottingham|
|55||Asif Ali||50||22||3||5||Pakistan v Zimbabwe||Bulawayo|
|56||Saleem Malik||72*||23||1||11||Pakistan v India||Calcutta|
|57||BC Lara||73||23||4||6||West Indies v Canada||Centurion|
|58||Mohammad Yousuf||76||23||3||8||Pakistan v Zimbabwe||Bulawayo|
|59||Abdul Razzaq||89||23||5||9||Pakistan v New Zealand||Wellington|
|60||JM Davison||52||23||1||9||Canada v New Zealand||Gros Islet|
|61||AB de Villiers||54||23||4||2||South Africa v Bangladesh||Benoni|
|62||KA Pollard||60||23||4||5||West Indies v Netherlands||Delhi|
|63||JD Ryder||104||23||5||12||New Zealand v West Indies||Queenstown|
|64||NLTC Perera||54||23||1||7||Sri Lanka v England||Colombo (RPS)|
|65||BB McCullum||55||23||1||11||New Zealand v Sri Lanka||Christchurch|
|66||S Prasanna||95||23||9||5||Sri Lanka v Ireland||
*Stats updated for batsmen with fastest fifty in ODI cricket until December 15
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