The first T20 international match was played between Australia and New Zealand on 17th February 2005. In 2007, the first edition of the World T20 began that revolutionized T20I cricket.
In the T20I format, one of the batsmen can change the course of the game with their power hitting. There are many top-quality players from every team who can do their job and put the opposition bowlers under immense pressure.
In modern-day T20I cricket, the decision of the match depends upon the pace of which batsmen play their innings. They need to take advantage of the first six overs and lay down a strong foundation for a massive total.
Yuvraj Singh holds the record of the fastest fifty records which he scored of 12 balls in the ICC World T20 2007 against England played at Kingsmead.
Here we look at the 5 batsmen who can break Yuvraj Singh’s fastest fifty records in T20Is.
- KL Rahul
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He made his T20I debut for India against Zimbabwe on 11th June 2016. Since then he has played 42 matches (38 innings) with 1461 runs at a strike rate of 146.10.
Rahul is one of the Indian batsmen who has scored 2 centuries in the T20I format. He has hit 2 centuries and 11 half-centuries to his name. His best knock came against West Indies in the first T20I match played at Lauderhill, United States on 27th August 2016.
Chasing down a massive target of 246, Rahul came at number 4 and produced magical innings remaining not out on 110 off 51 balls which included 12 fours and 5 sixes. Despite his brilliance, India fell short of the target by just 1 run.
His second T20I was a special knock as he made 101* off 54 balls in the first T20I match played at Old Trafford, Manchester on 3rd July 2018. In this knock, he hit 10 fours and 5 sixes which helped India win the match easily.
In recent times, Rahul has been in sensational form with 224 runs from 5 matches in the historic whitewash over New Zealand in their own den. For his brilliant consistency, he was awarded the man of the series. With Shikhar Dhawan missing, the right-handed batsman has all the strokes which makes him a dangerous player. He has all the potential to break Yuvraj Singh’s record of the fastest fifty in T20Is.
Playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2016 IPL season was a turning point. He scored 397 runs from 14 matches with the best score of 68*. He has shown tremendous consistency for Kings XI Punjab in the 2018 and 2019 season.
2. Andre Russell
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Andre Russell is one of the hardest hitters in the T20I format. He made his T20I debut for West Indies against Pakistan at Gros Islet, St Lucia on 21st April 2011. Since then he has played 49 matches (41 innings) with 540 runs at a strike rate of 151.26.
Depending upon the situation, Russell can destroy the opposition bowlers with their power hitting. He has been in and out of the West Indies T20I team. Before the lockdown came, Russell played two quickfire knocks.
In the first T20I match against Sri Lanka, he made 35 off 14 balls with 2 fours and 4 sixes which helped West Indies post 196 for 4. He came up with another powerful inning in the 2nd T20I. Chasing down 156 runs to win, Russell remained not out on 40 off just 14 balls with 6 sixes which helped West Indies won the match by 7 wickets with 18 balls to spare. His biggest strength is to take on the spinners and pacers right from word go.
The hard-hitting West Indies batsmen can break Yuvraj Singh record with his great hitting abilities. He has produced some magical innings for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.
3. Hardik Pandya
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Hardik Pandya is another dangerous hard hitter in the T20I format. He made his T20I debut for India on 26th January 2016 against Australia at Adelaide Oval. Since then he played a total of 40 matches (25 innings) and scored 310 runs with a strike rate of 147.61.
Since last year, he has been out of the team due to an injury and Coffee with Karan controversy. Pandya’s ability to hit sixes off-spinners makes a dangerous batsman. Depending upon the situation, the hard-hitting batsman can create an impact with his big-hitting and help the Indian team score big runs.
So far, Pandya’s best score in T20I format has been 33. According to Yuvraj Singh, he is one of two Indian players to break his record of the fastest fifty. Hardik Pandya was simply sensational for Mumbai Indians in the 2019 IPL. He scored 402 runs from 16 matches with a strike rate of 191.42.
After the lockdown, Pandya would be looking to showcase his talent and try to break Yuvraj Singh’s record.
4. Glenn Maxwell
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Glenn Maxwell is another explosive T20I batsman who can break Yuvraj Singh’s fastest fifty records. He made his debut for Australia on 5th September 2012. Since his debut, Maxwell has played a total of 61 matches (54 innings) and scored 1576 runs with a strike rate of 160.00.
Maxwell is the 3rd batsman to score 2 or more centuries in the T20I format. He has 3 centuries and 7 half-centuries to his name. His best score in the shorter format is 145* off 65 balls against Sri Lanka on 6th September at Palleke International Stadium, Kandy. During this epic knock, he hit 14 fours and 9 sixes which helped Australia win the match easily.
His 2nd century came against England, which was played at Bellerive Oval, Hobart on 7th February 2018. Maxwell made a brilliant 103 off 58 balls with 10 fours and 4 sixes which resulted in Australia’s win.
During the last tour of India, Maxwell scored a breath-taking 113* off 55 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore on 27th February 2019. He hit 7 fours and 9 sixes during that innings which resulted in Australia win.
In recent times, Maxwell has been in and out of the team. Because of the ability to reverse sweep of the spinners, play lofted strokes right from word go makes him a dangerous player and can do the damage with his creative stroke play.
5. Martin Guptill
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Martin Guptill is an explosive opening batsman in T20I cricket. He made his debut for New Zealand against Australia on 15th February 2009. The opener is 3rd in the list of leading run-getter in the shorter with 2536 runs from 88 matches (85 innings) with a strike rate of 134.60.
In his T20I career, Guptill scored 2 centuries and 15-half centuries. He scored his maiden T20I century against South Africa at Buffalo Park, East London on 23rd December 2012. His knock of 101* off 69 balls with 9 fours and 6 sixes helped Kiwis won the watch via DLS method.
His 2nd century came against Australia on 16th February 2018 at Eden Park, Auckland. It was an amazing knock by the explosive opener who scored 105 off 54 balls with 6 fours and 9 sixes. Despite his brilliance, New Zealand lost the match.
His ability to play aggressive strokes right from the word go makes him a dangerous player. Guptill is another batsman in T20Is who has the potential to surpass Yuvraj Singh record of fastest fifty of 12 balls.