The Indian Premier League is reputed for its batting prowess. Often, the IPL news highlights Indian and foreign players by showcasing their batting talents in this great tournament. Certain batsmen have become household names for smashing some of the fastest fifties in the league. Here’s a list of the Top 5 fastest half-centuries scored in this season of the Indian Premier League.
- Kieron Pollard:
The big West Indian all-rounder has developed a reputation over the years for being a massive hitter. Having represented the Mumbai Indians for over a decade, the powerful batsman displayed once again why he is invaluable to the side when he scored a blazing fifty in just 17 balls. The superlative innings came against the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings side at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on May 1, 2021. It was one of the finest innings produced by the batsman and ultimately was worth 87 runs for his side. The magnificent innings comprised 6 fours and 8 sixes.
- Prithvi Shaw:
The young batsman who hails from India’s financial capital Mumbai has found himself under the limelight for the past decade or so. Often being hailed as the next Sachin Tendulkar due to his batting style, he is no stranger to fame and fortune. While his record in the Indian Premier League is patchy, the cricket score today suggests that he has found some form in the 2021 season. Having scored one of the fastest fifties in this year’s IPL, the batsman achieved the milestone in just 18 deliveries. His innings came against the Kolkata Knight Riders and was worth 82 runs, comprising of 11 fours and 3 sixes.
- Yashasvi Jaiswal:
The young batsman who represents the Rajasthan franchise at the top of the order is also well known for his humility. Last year, the batsman’s humility was captured when he showed his adoration and respect for Indian legend MS Dhoni as he folded his hands upon seeing the CSK captain at the pre-match training session. This year, the young batsman showcased another side to the MS Dhoni-led CSK side when he went out all guns blazing and slammed a 19 ball fifty to give his team the perfect start in a mammoth run chase which was ultimately won by the Rajasthan Royals. His innings comprised of 6 fours and 3 sixes and was the perfect combination to synchronize with the batting of the dynamic Even Lewis, Jaiswal’s opening partner.
- Ambati Rayadu:
The Chennai Super Kings batsman has a reputation of being not just a big hitter but a good stroke player as well. His batting style has been appreciated by many over the years, and he continues to show shades of his brilliance when he comes out to represent the Chennai-based franchise. Rayadu’s blazing fifty came in the very same game in which Kieron Pollard slammed the fastest fifty of IPL 2021. Rayadu’s effort saw him score a fifty in just 20 deliveries. He ultimately went on to score a total of 72 runs against the Mumbai Indians, and in the process, he slammed 4 fours and 7 sixes.
- Deepak Hooda:
Known to be one of the best players in domestic cricket, the batsman who represented the Punjab-based franchise in IPL 2021 was part of IPL news when he scored a scintillating fifty of just 20 balls against the Rajasthan Royals. The Punjab Kings player slammed a brilliant 64 runs in the process, and this included 4 fours and 6 sixes.
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