Top 5 fastest half-centuries by captains in the T20 World Cup history

Jun 29, 2024

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In the last few years, the game of T20 cricket has been up; fans can feel the thrill and excitement in the shortest format. The T20 World Cup has always been a major ICC tournament to look out for; it’s a stage where records are broken and made. Among many of the records, the fastest fifty as captain is one of the most interesting records to look at. One of a Captain’s many crucial responsibilities is setting the pace for their team. What better way to do this than by scoring as many runs as possible in the fewest balls.

Fastest half-century in the T20 World Cup as Captain

1) Rohit Sharma (India)- 19 Balls

Match:  India vs Australia
Location: Gros Islet
Date: 26 June 2024

Rohit Sharma produced an explosive batting performance as the Indian cricket team skipper slammed 92 off just 41 deliveries with a strike rate of whopping over 200 during the  ICC T20 World Cup 2024 match against Australia with seven fours and eight sixes – unlucky to miss out on a well-deserved century against Australia. An innings of the highest order smacked Aussies for fun, the vintage Hitman on display as he had reached the fifty off just 19 balls.

2) Mohammad Ashraful (Bangladesh)- 20 balls

Match: Bangladesh vs West Indies
Location: Johannesburg
Date: 13 September 2007

An enthralling display of power hitting by Mohammad Ashraful and Aftab Ahmed helped Bangladesh stroll to a six-wicket win against the West Indies in Johannesburg. Ashraful’s scintillating innings saw him reach his fifty in just 20 balls, a record at the time. His aggressive knock included seven fours and three sixes, laying a solid foundation for Bangladesh’s chase. Supported by Ahmed, who provided stability and added crucial runs, Ashraful’s performance was pivotal in ensuring Bangladesh’s victory, marking a significant moment in their T20 World Cup campaign.

3) Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)- 21 balls

Match: Sri Lanka vs Kenya
Location: Johannesburg
Date: 14 September 2007

Records tumbled as the victory margin 172 set the record for the biggest ever in Twenty20 internationals. Mahela Jayawardene, who made 65, came within striking distance of recording the second-fastest fifty of that time, and the score of 260 foretold the match’s outcome even before the Kenya openers took guard. With nine fours and two sixes.

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4) Chris Gayle (West Indies)- 23 balls

Match: West Indies vs Australia
Location: London
Date: 6 June 2009

In the space of 50 balls, Chris Gayle slammed 88 runs of the most coolly destructive caliber, including six enormous sixes Gayle’s efforts eviscerated an Australian attack Gayle’s efforts eviscerated an Australian attack. This was Twenty20 batting at its most violent. Set a reasonable victory target of 170 by a scuffling Australian batting line-up. Gayle, who reached fifty off just 23 balls, eventually hit six sixes and six fours in his innings.

5) George Baily (Australia)-23 balls

Match: Australia vs West Indies
Location: Colombo
Date: 5 October 2012

During the contest between Australia and West Indies in 2012 at Colombo, George Baily took the Caribbean bowlers to the cleaners. He hit 6 fours and 4 sixes during his brilliant knock of 63 runs from 29 balls. During his whirlwind knock, she also reached the fifty from just 23 deliveries.

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