Rajasthan Royals opener Yashasvi Jaiswal has scored the fastest fifty in the Indian Premier League. In their league match against Kolkata Knight Riders, the left-hander slammed a magnificent half-century off just 13 balls.
Jaiswal went after the Kolkata Knight Riders bowling, scoring across the ground; breaking the joint record of KL Rahul and Pat Cummins who slammed 14-ball fifties.
This is always in my mind, to go out there and play well. It was a nice feeling today. It is not like everything I wanted happens, I prepare well and I trust in myself. I know the results will come,” said Jaiswal at the post-match presentation. Jaiswal, who started tonking the ball from the very first ball made an unbeaten 98 runs off 47 balls.
Yashasvi Jaiswal has smashed a half-century in just 13 balls and it is the fastest 50 in the history of #TATAIPL 👏💪
The previous record was held by KL Rahul, who got to the mark in 14 balls. pic.twitter.com/OTCHPuSx58
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 11, 2023
Jaiswal’s smashing half-century was the second-fastest in the T20 format. The record for the fastest half-century belongs to Indian southpaw Yuvraj Singh. Back in the T20 World Cup 2007, Yuvraj had slammed a 12-ball half-century against England. The famous match saw Yuvraj score six successive sixes off the bowling of Stuart Broad. Additionally, Chris Gayle, Hazratullah Zazai, Wayne White and Kaushalya Weeraratne have also slammed 12-ball fifties.
Jaiswal is in amazing touch this season. The left-hander has amassed 575 runs in just 12 innings at an average of 57.60 and a fantastic strike rate of 157.81. Currently, he is just second to Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Faf du Plessis in the race for Purple Cap.