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Batsmen with Most Half-Centuries in ODI Cricket Including 50-plus Scores 

Batsmen with Most Half-Centuries in ODI Cricket Including 50-plus Scores
Sachin Tendulkar has 96 half-centuries to his name in the ODI set-up. Photo Credit: BCCI.

There have been innings that have eventually helped the batters to leave an impact. However, across formats, a fifty and the ton hold great importance regarding a feat to achieve for the batters. Since the inception of the cricket, we have witnessed batsmen playing some remarkable knocks to wear down the opposition. While talking about the batsmen with most half-centuries in ODI cricket, batters further went on to score 50-plus scores.

Here’s the list of batsmen with most half-centuries in ODI cricket including 50-plus scores:

  1. Sachin Tendulkar – 96 fifties:

One of the stalwarts of the game Sachin Tendulkar is the man who has bagged most of the records in his kitty. Owing to the swansong of his international circuit, Tendulkar further inspired many with his grit and passion. He has earned the first position among the batsmen with most half-centuries in ODI cricket.

More often Tendulkar walked in to bail out his team. During his entire One-day International career, the Mumbai has amassed 96 half-centuries to his name in 452 ODI innings.

Furthermore, the veteran scored fifty-plus scores on 145 occasions in his 463-record ODI matches.

Between the period of 1989 and 2012, Tendulkar amassed 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83. He has also registered record 49 centuries under his belt.

  1. Kumar Sangakkara – 93 fifties:

Sublime left-handed Sri Lanka National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara had prolific run with the bat during his international stint.

In the fifty-over set-up, Sangakkara amassed overall 14234 runs in 404 ODI matches. In 380 innings, Sangakkara further racked up 93 fifties to his name. Sangakkara is second on the list among the batsmen with most half-centuries in ODI cricket.

Elegant in stroke-making Sangakkara further had a knack of converting his starts. He registered 25 hundreds which also saw him recording 50-plus scores on 118 occasions.

Sangakkara represented Sri Lanka for over 15 years while donning the national colours.

  1. Ricky Ponting – 82 fifties:

Ricky Ponting was a pure class with the bat in hand. He happened to be a vital cog in the wheel for Australian set-up across formats.

Ponting played a remarkable role for the Kangaroos, particularly in the ODI circuit. After representing Australia in 375 ODIs, Ponting amassed 13704 runs at the batting average of 42.03.

Interestingly, the right-handed veteran batsman garnered 82 fifties in 365 innings. In addition to, Ponting scored fifty-plus scores on 112 occasions. He become third overall batsmen with most half-centuries in ODI cricket.

Moreover, while representing Australia between 1995 and 2012, Ponting registered 30 hundreds under his belt.

  1. Jacques Kallis – 86 fifties:

The most decorated all-rounder Jacques Kallis has graced the cricketing world with his prowess. The South African star represented his country in 328 ODIs which further saw him scoring 11579 runs at an average of 44.36.

The prominent right-handed batsman Kallis further went on to rack up 86 the fifties and 17 hundreds during his entire ODI career.

Kallis who took all the time in the world scored runs freely. Interestingly, the world-class batsmen had gone past 50-plus run-mark on 103 occasions. Kallis is fourth on the list of batsmen with most half-centuries in ODI cricket.

The legendary cricketer Kallis further delivered goods across formats with the ball for the Proteas.

  1. Mahela Jayawardene – 77 fifties:

Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene is one of the premium batsmen the Island Nation has produced. Having flair in his batting, Jayawardene amassed runs at his will.

In 448 ODIs, Jayawardene registered 12650 runs at an average of 33.37. After making his ODI debut in 1998, Jayawardene had put on some splendid batting efforts to cement his spot in the team.

Moreover, the classical batsman smashed 77 half-centuries and 19 hundreds in 418 ODI innings.

Also, he has 96 50-plus scores to his name which further won him accolades in the top-flight cricket.

  1. Sanath Jayasuriya – 68 fifties:

Explosive opening batsmen for Sri Lanka Sanath Jayasuriya although has 68 fifties to his name in 445 ODIs. However, on 96 occasions Jayasuriya went past 50-run mark in 433 ODI innings.

Jayasuriya is known for having a liking for adventurous shot selection; the southpaw is further made things tough for the bowlers with his batting prowess.

 Also, Jayasuriya, who also played a significant role in streamlining the Sri Lankan cricket, has 28 ODI hundreds to his name.

  1. Rahul Dravid – 83 fifties:

Rahul Dravid happened to be an epitome of courage and commitment. The former right-handed batsman played a major role for India across formats owing to his notable performances.

Additionally, Dravid who represented India in 344 ODIs went on to amass 108999 runs at an average of 39.16. He further has 12 tons to his name in 318 ODI innings.

Apart from his 83 fifties, Dravid further racked up 95 50-plus scores between 1996 and 2011.

  1. Sourav Ganguly – 72 fifties:

An astute leader of his time, Sourav Ganguly is the man who stood as a pillar for the Indian cricket. The southpaw during his 16-year-long ODI career amassed 11363 runs at an average of 41.02.

Moreover, Ganguly, who served as the cornerstone for Indian National Cricket Team, has garnered 72 half-centuries in 311 ODIs. Also, in 300 innings, Ganguly has 22 hundreds to his name which equally saw 94 50-plus scores for Kolkata-based cricketer.

  1. Inzamam-ul-Haq – 83 fifties:

The Multan-based legendary Pakistani cricketer Inzamam-ul-Haq is now holding a top-brass position, but he has already done it while donning the national jersey. Inzamam-ul-Haq, who delivered according to the expectations, is also the name in Pakistan youngsters look at for his merry run.

The prolific right-handed batsman Inzamam represented Pakistan in 378 ODIs. He registered 11739 runs at the average of 39.52.

In 350 ODI innings, Inzamam further struck ten hundreds and 85 fifties. In 2007, he bowed out from the top-flight cricket.

Furthermore, Inzamam has 93 50-plus scores to his name after from remaining unbeaten on 53 occasions.

  1. Virat Kohli – 48 fifties:

Virat Kohli is marching into the record books at some pace. Looking at his extraordinary form, he is all set to eclipse some of the records.

Talking about his sensational form in the ODI cricket, Kohli has already registered 38 hundreds to his name.

So far, in 216 ODIs, Kohli further racked up 48 fifties. He is on the tenth spot among the batsmen with most half-centuries in ODI cricket.

Kohli is averaging 59.83 after featuring in 208 innings to score 10232 runs.

The top-order batsman Kohli has also registered 86 fifty-plus scores to his name. Now, leading Team India, all in all, Kohli is cherishing his prime form.

Here’s the table of batsmen with most half-centuries in ODI cricket including 50-plus score:

Serial No Player Matches Innings Runs Average 100 50 50+
1 SR Tendulkar (INDIA) 463 452 18426 44.83 49 96 145
2 KC Sangakkara (Asia/ICC/SL) 404 380 14234 41.98 25 93 118
3 RT Ponting (AUS/ICC) 375 365 13704 42.03 30 82 112
4 JH Kallis (Afr/ICC/SA) 328 314 11579 44.36 17 86 103
5 DPMD Jayawardene (Asia/SL) 448 418 12650 33.37 19 77 96
6 ST Jayasuriya (Asia/SL) 445 433 13430 32.36 28 68 96
7 R Dravid (Asia/ICC/INDIA) 344 318 10889 39.16 12 83 95
8 SC Ganguly (Asia/INDIA) 311 300 11363 41.02 22 72 94
9 Inzamam-ul-Haq (Asia/PAK) 378 350 11739 39.52 10 83 93
10 V Kohli (INDIA) 216 208 10232 59.83 38 48 86
11 BC Lara (ICC/WI) 299 289 10405 40.48 19 63 82
12 Mohammad Yousuf (Asia/PAK) 288 273 9720 41.71 15 64 79
13 AB de Villiers (Afr/SA) 228 218 9577 53.5 25 53 78
14 MS Dhoni (Asia/INDIA) 332 281 10173 50.11 10 67 77
15 PA de Silva (SL) 308 296 9284 34.9 11 64 75
16 DL Haynes (WI) 238 237 8648 41.37 17 57 74
17 CH Gayle (ICC/WI) 284 279 9727 37.12 23 49 72
18 AC Gilchrist (AUS/ICC) 287 279 9619 35.89 16 55 71
19 S Chanderpaul (WI) 268 251 8778 41.6 11 59 70
20 MS Atapattu (SL) 268 259 8529 37.57 11 59 70
21 TM Dilshan (SL) 330 303 10290 39.27 22 47 69
22 ME Waugh (AUS) 244 236 8500 39.35 18 50 68
23 MJ Clarke (AUS) 245 223 7981 44.58 8 58 66
24 Yuvraj Singh (Asia/INDIA) 304 278 8701 36.55 14 52 66
25 M Azharuddin (INDIA) 334 308 9378 36.92 7 58 65
26 Saeed Anwar (PAK) 247 244 8824 39.21 20 43 63
27 HM Amla (SA) 169 166 7696 49.65 26 36 62
28 LRPL Taylor (NZ) 207 192 7433 47.04 19 43 62
29 A Flower (ZIM) 213 208 6786 35.34 4 55 59
30 G Kirsten (SA) 185 185 6798 40.95 13 45 58
31 RG Sharma (INDIA) 193 187 7454 47.78 21 37 58
32 Javed Miandad (PAK) 233 218 7381 41.7 8 50 58
33 HH Gibbs (SA) 248 240 8094 36.13 21 37 58
34 GC Smith (Afr/SA) 197 194 6989 37.98 10 47 57
35 NJ Astle (NZ) 223 217 7090 34.92 16 41 57
36 SP Fleming (ICC/NZ) 280 269 8037 32.4 8 49 57
37 IVA Richards (WI) 187 167 6721 47 11 45 56
38 Tamim Iqbal (BDESH) 186 184 6450 36.64 11 44 55
39 Younis Khan (PAK) 265 255 7249 31.24 7 48 55
40 DM Jones (AUS) 164 161 6068 44.61 7 46 53
41 V Sehwag (Asia/ICC/INDIA) 251 245 8273 35.05 15 38 53
42 A Ranatunga (SL) 269 255 7456 35.84 4 49 53
43 MG Bevan (AUS) 232 196 6912 53.58 6 46 52
44 EJG Morgan (ENG/IRE) 212 199 6557 38.57 11 41 52
45 WU Tharanga (Asia/SL) 232 220 6936 34.16 15 37 52
46 Shoaib Malik (PAK) 274 246 7284 35.35 9 43 52
47 Saleem Malik (PAK) 283 256 7170 32.88 5 47 52

Note: The table is solely based on batsmen with most half-centuries in ODI cricket including 50-plus scores.

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