Fastest 50s in History: Cricket World Cup’s Record Holders

The One-Day International (ODI) format of the ICC World Cup offers high-octane cricketing action with each match consisting of 50-over innings. While this format demands strategic game play and gradual accumulation of runs, some players defy these norms with their sheer aggressive batting style. These audacious players sometimes take as little as 20 to 25 balls to smash a fifty, a feat more familiar to the fast-paced T20 cricket.

Renowned players like Brendon McCullum, Glenn Maxwell, and AB de Villiers have become synonymous with such high-strike-rate innings. This article presents a curated list of players who have etched their names in cricketing history with the fastest fifties in the World Cup.

List of Fastest fifties in the ODI Cricket World Cup:

S. NoPlayerScoreOppositionBallsDate
1Brendon McCullum (NZ)77England1820 Feb 2015
2Brendon McCullum (NZ)52Canada2022 Mar 2007
3Angelo Mathews (SL)51Scotland2011 Mar 2015
4Glenn Maxwell (Aus)88Afghanistan2104 Mar 2015
5Mark Boucher (SA)75Netherlands2116 Mar 2007
6Brendon McCullum (NZ)50Australia2128 Feb 2015
7Mark Boucher (SA)52West Indies2210 Apr 2007
8Dinesh Chandimal (SL)52Australia2208 Mar 2015
9Brendon McCullum (NZ)59South Africa2224 Mar 2015
10Brian Lara (WI)73Canada2323 Feb 2003
11Jim Davison (Can)52New Zealand2322 Mar 2007
12Kieron Pollard (WI)73Canada2328 Feb 2011
13Kevin O’Brien (Ire)50UAE2325 Feb 2015
14Wevell Hinds (WI)64Canada2423 Feb 2003
15Jim Davison (Can)75New Zealand2503 Mar 2003

Brendon McCullum

New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum, widely acknowledged as one of cricket’s most explosive players, owns the record for the fastest 50s in the World Cup. McCullum showcased his impressive strike rate with a 50 in just 18 balls against England in 2015 and a 20-ball fifty in 2007 against Canada.

Angelo Mathews

Sri Lankan star Angelo Mathews holds the record for the second fastest fifty in World Cup history, achieved in a 2015 league match against Scotland with a quick-fire 20-ball fifty.

Glenn Maxwell

Australia’s Glenn Maxwell, one of the most intimidating batsmen in the sport, ranks third in this list. Maxwell scored a speedy 50 in just 21 balls against Afghanistan in the 2015 World Cup, ending his innings with a remarkable 88 runs.

As we anticipate the 2023 ICC ODI World Cup, cricket enthusiasts around the world are eager to see if any player can break these records. The World Cup, the pinnacle of cricketing glory, is where history is made, and fans eagerly await the breathtaking performances this prestigious tournament promises.

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