Indian cricket nowadays at its zenith whether be it international or national format. Even the first class cricket of our country has touched it’s purple patches recently. Therefore, the way Ranji Trophy surfaced so far, it is quite evidently cropped up that the first-class cricket is no more mistreated. Recently, Himachal Pradesh bowler Pankaj Jaswal blasted the Goan attack all over the park. Hence his quick-fire innings on day three of the Group D match at the Dharamsala ground lit up the fire. That was how he scored the second-fastest 50, off just 16 balls, in Indian first-class cricket.
The 22-year-old finished with 63 off 20 balls, at a strike rate of 315, with four fours and seven maximum. The fastest fifty though belongs to Bandeep Singh of Jammu and Kashmir. He had scored his fifty of just 15 balls in a game against Tripura in 2015. And also, the openers Priyanshu Khanduri and Ankush Bains both scored centuries, along with Nikhil Gangta as Jaswal who bludgeoned the Goan bowlers to finish unbeaten on the score 63 off 20 balls. Himachal declared their innings on 625, a massive lead on Goa’s first innings score of 255.
Digging into the history of Indian cricketers and their centurion feats achieved, there is a lot to cherish. Hence the fastest ever fifty in the history of cricket belongs to Yuvraj Singh. Back in the year 2007, at the first ever T20 World Cup in South Africa, the left-hander has annihilated the English bowlers. He had brought up his fifty in just 12 balls, including the six-sixes off Stuart Broad. And, in ODI cricket the record is held by South African AB de Villiers, who scored fifty in 16 balls. When it comes to Tests, the record is owned by Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq, who got to his fifty in just 21 balls.