Top 10 Fastest Fifty in ODI Cricket: Cricket is one of the most entertaining, thrilling, and followed sport across the globe. It has primarily and significantly gained importance in the Indian Sub-Continent, Australia, Europe, and Africa. England is the home of cricket. Cricket was professionally played in England in the initial stage. England and Australia were the first nations to compete in an international cricketing fixture.
|149||16||16||9||AB de Villiers||South Africa v West Indies||Johannesburg||18/01/2015|
|76||17||5||8||ST Jayasuriya||Sri Lanka v Pakistan||Singapore||07/04/1996|
|68||17||2||13||MDKJ Perera||Sri Lanka v Pakistan||Pallekele||15/07/2015|
|93||17||8||9||MJ Guptill||New Zealand v Sri Lanka||Christchurch||28/12/2015|
|74||18||6||4||SP O’Donnell||Australia v Sri Lanka||Sharjah||02/05/1990|
|102||18||11||6||Shahid Afridi||Pakistan v Sri Lanka||Nairobi||04/10/1996|
|55*||18||6||4||Shahid Afridi||Pakistan v Netherlands||Colombo||21/09/2002|
|60||18||7||3||GJ Maxwell||Australia v India||Bangalore||02/11/2013|
|59||18||7||2||Shahid Afridi||Pakistan v Bangladesh||Mirpur||04/03/2014|
|77||18||7||8||BB McCullum||New Zealand v England||Wellington||20/02/2015|
Earlier, Cricket was played in the popular test format where the players would play for around four to five days. The test format comprises a couple of innings where the team which scores more runs wins the match. As Cricket went into the developing stages, the novel 50-over One Day format started to gain pace. The ODI Format was very quickly adopted by the players and the first limited overs ODI World Cup was played in 1975.
Cricket is one of the fastest developing sport in the world and the players don’t leave behind any effort to entertain the fans. Batting professionally and scoring quick runs for the team is the highlight of ODI Format. Many cricketing stars have managed to score quick fifties and entertain their fans on many occasions. Here are the Top 10 Fastest Fifty in ODI Cricket.
Top 10 Fastest Fifty in ODI Cricket History
#10 Brendon McCullum (18 Balls) vs England, Wellington
ICC Cricket World Cup, 2015
Brendon McCullum hails from the New Zealand Cricket Team. McCullum holds the record of the second-fastest fifty by any Kiwi Batsman and the 10th fastest fifty in ODI. His 18 Balls 50 effort is highly recognized and praised by Cricketing Analysts.
McCullum’s steady innings helped New Zealand to register a historical win against England at the World Cup. Brendon McCullum played a crucial knock of 77 runs which comprised 7 sixes and 8 fours.
#9 Shahid Afridi (18 Balls) vs Bangladesh, Mirpur
Asia Cup, 2014
Shahid Afridi is one of the most fierce batsmen of the World Cricket. He holds the record of the fastest fifty in ODI by any Pakistani batsman and also the 9th fastest fifty in ODI. Afridi played a steady knock to help Pakistan in chasing a total of 329.
Afridi scored 59 runs which consisted of a whopping 7 sixes and 2 fours. Pakistan went on to win the match by 3 wickets to play the final of the Asia Cup. Afridi not only features once in this top ten list but a record three times.
#8 Glenn Maxwell (18 Balls) vs India, Bangalore
Australia tour of India, 2013-14
Glenn Maxwell is an Australian Batsman who is widely recognized for his brutal hitting and attacking skills in Cricket. He adapts himself to every format and is the deepest asset for Australia. Maxwell registered the second-fastest fifty by any Australian Batsman and the 8th fastest fifty in ODI against India in the 7th ODI of the bilateral series.
Maxwell hit 7 sixes and 3 fours in his knock of 60 runs which helped Australia to cross the 300-run mark but eventually they lost the match and the series against India.
#7 Shahid Afridi (18 Balls) vs the Netherlands, Colombo
ICC Champions Trophy, 2002-03
Shahid Afridi is regarded as the most destructive batsman of Pakistan. Along with the 9th fastest fifty, Afridi holds the record of the 7th fastest fifty in ODI which equaled several batsmen records, including himself. Afridi’s strong hitting skills and aggressive batting is praised by all the cricketing bodies.
Afridi scored 55 runs off just 18 balls which included 6 sixes and 4 fours. Afridi’s steady knock helped the Pakistani Team to chase a modest total of 137 runs in just 16 overs. Afridi was adjudged the Man of the Match for his stellar performance.
#6 Shahid Afridi (18 Balls) vs Sri Lanka, Nairobi
KC Centenary Tournament, 1996-97
Ever heard of a Hatrick of featuring in the Top 10 fastest fifty in ODI? Well, Afridi can make anything possible. Shahid Afridi was the cleanest striker on the white ball for Pakistan Team. He led his side in limited-overs fixtures and scored some fierce quickfire fifties and centuries.
Afridi has scored an 18-ball fifty in ODI for a record three times in his career. Afridi went on to score century aftermath which helped Pakistan to beat Sri Lanka comfortably. Afridi’s knock of 102 runs comprised of 11 sixes and 6 fours.
#5 Simon Donnell (18 Balls) vs Sri Lanka, Sharjah
Austral-Asia Cup, 1990
Simon Donnell is a popular Australian cricketer. He was a fierce and aggressive batsman and a strong striker of the White ball. Donnel holds the record of the fastest fifty in ODI by any Australian batsman and the 5th fastest fifty in ODI. Donnell went on to score a massive 74 run inning which consisted of 6 sixes and 4 fours. Donnell’s innings helped Australia to register a comfortable victory over Sri Lanka to play the final of the Austral-Asia Cup.
#4 Martin Guptill (17 Balls) vs Sri Lanka, Christchurch
Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2015-16
Martin Guptill is one of the most successful Opening Batsman for the New Zealand Cricket. He has scored massive centuries and fifties to help New Zealand win on many occasions. Guptill scored his fastest fifty in ODI against Sri Lanka which equals the record of Jayasuriya and Perera.
Guptill’s 17 ball 50 is the fourth fastest fifty in ODI and the fastest fifty in ODI by any New Zealand batsman. Guptill scored 93 runs in that innings which comprised of 8 sixes and 9 fours. New Zealand eventually won that match against Sri Lanka.
#3 Kusal Perera (17 Balls) vs Pakistan, Pallekele
Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2015
Kusal Perera is a top-order Sri Lankan batsman who is aggressive. He takes the perfect advantage of power play and scores quick runs for his team. Perera scored the second-fastest fifty in ODI by any Sri Lankan batsman and the third-fastest fifty in ODI by any batsman.
Perera scored 68 runs in that innings which helped Sri Lanka to beat the mighty Pakistanis. The steady innings of Perera comprised of 2 sixes and 13 fours. His innings was highly praised by the commentators as it included classical and technical cricketing shots.
#2 Sanath Jayasuriya (17 Balls) vs Pakistan, Singapore
Singapore Cup Final, 1996
Sanath Jayasuriya was one of the best pinch hitters for New Zealand in the limited-overs fixtures. Jayasuriya was an aggressive batsman and a great puller of the white ball. He scored the fastest fifty in ODI by any Sri Lankan batsman and the second-fastest fifty in ODI.
Jayasuriya went on to score 76 runs in that innings which consisted of 5 sixes and 8 fours. Jayasuriya’s quickfire innings helped the Lankan team to grab the Singapore Cup.
#1 AB de Villiers (16 Balls) vs West Indies, Johannesburg
West Indies tour of South Africa, 2015
There is no better feeling than scoring the fastest fifty in ODI in front of your home crowd. Former South African skipper AB de Villiers, widely known as Mr. 360 holds the record of the fastest fifty in ODI history. AB de Villiers’ 50 runs came off just 16 balls and he went on to play an inning of 149 runs that consisted of 9 fours and a record 16 sixes.
His fierce knock set up a comfortable victory for the Proteas. De Villier’s super calm and aggressive hitting against West Indies was highly praised by all the cricketing legends.