Team India has been blessed with some world-class batsmen in test cricket since the 1960s who have brought laurels to the country with their prolific batting. These players have changed the complexion of the game on several occasions with improvised batting skills. These batsmen could hit half-centuries and centuries with some classy shots and were a great addition to the test side. They made a big impact with their batting by turning around the game when the team was under pressure.
Listed below are few Indian batsmen who have scored the fastest 50s in a test match:
Kapil Dev is undoubtedly one of the best all-rounders India has ever produced in test cricket. He has scored numerous half-centuries for Team India with an excellent strike rate. He is credited with scoring the fourth equivalent fastest fifty by an Indian player in test cricket during a 1982 test match against England in which he scored a half-century in just 33 balls. Kapil Dev also holds the fourth fastest fifty by an Indian in Test cricket which he scored against Pakistan in Karachi in 1978.
Virender Sehwag carved a niche for himself by being the most aggressive top-order batsman for Team India in test cricket. His penchant for hitting the ball long and hard made him the quick run-scorer and an asset for the Indian squad in test matches. He scored some of the fastest 50s by Indian players in test cricket with his brilliant footwork and stylish batting. His concentration on the ball coupled with hand and eye coordination enabled him to hit long boundaries across the stadium in several test matches.
Virender Sehwag is credited with the third-fastest half-century in Test cricket while opening the innings for India against England in 2008 by scoring fifty runs in just 32 balls. During the fourth innings of the match at Chennai, Sehwag displayed some explosive batting and scored 83 runs from 68 balls. He hit 11 fours and 4 sixes in the innings and it turned out to be one of India’s historic wins overall with Sehwag’s excellent batting.
In recent times Shardul Thakur is another prolific run-getter that Team India has produced in test cricket. He is the newest entry to the Indian squad and has displayed some excellent batting skills in the ongoing series against England in the fourth Oval Test. The all-rounder from Mumbai scored a quickfire 57 runs off 36 balls in the first innings to ensure a decent total for the Indian team. Thakur’s 50 runs in 31 balls is the second-fastest by an Indian in Test cricket and his knock comprised seven fours and three sixes.