Fastest 50 in IPL: Indian Premier League, fondly known as IPL has developed into an attractive and a lucrative tournament over the years. From Rajasthan Royals lifting the trophy in 2008 to Mumbai Indians lifting their record 5th title in 2020, IPL has grown in stature both in terms of revenue as well as popularity. Every season, we see a new record being made or any old record gets broken.
With quality batters in all teams, we have seen a lot of fours and sixes being hit. Let’s have a look at some of the fastest fifties in IPL over the years.
The fastest 50 in IPL has come off KL Rahul’s bat in just 14 balls on 8 April, 2018. Chasing a modest target of 167 runs, Rahul came in to open the innings alongside Mayank Agarwal. Despite losing Agarwal early and Yuvraj struggling with his timing, Rahul kept on scoring quickly from the other end and made full use of the powerplay restrictions. He pummeled Delhi’s bowlers all over the park and the bowlers had no answer to it. Rahul’s innings was brought to the end by Trent Boult as he got out for 51 in just 16 balls. Punjab went on to defeat Delhi with more than 1 over to spare. Rahul was adjudged the Man of the Match for his match-winning innings.
If we look at the fastest 50 in overall T20 cricket, dashing left-hander Yuvraj Singh still holds the record when he scored 50 off just 12 balls. Yuvraj made this record in 2007 ICC T20 World Cup against England. The match is fondly remembered for Yuvraj hitting 6 sixes in an over off Stuart Broad. The fact that it has been almost 14 years and the record hasn’t been broken yet shows the quality of that innings.
Years later in 2016 BBL, Chris Gayle did come closer to break that record and he managed to score a fifty from 12 balls as well. But Yuvraj still sits on top as he got more runs than Gayle in the respective matches.