Test Cricket is called the purest form of cricket because a batsman has to hold his nerve and play with character to succeed in the longest format. As an international cricketer, one must be able to switch between formats, to play with responsibility in Tests, and play with aggression in T20 Internationals.
Some players struggle at this and stick to one format, where they do exceptionally well, such as Cheteshwar Pujara for India.
However, on the other hand, other players can easily switch modes between any formats of the gentleman’s game.
Having said that, today, we will be listing below five batsmen who scored half-centuries in Test cricket, as if they were playing T20 cricket.
Here are the top five fifties in Test cricket history:
5) Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi was one of the best all-rounders, in the history of cricket. Some people called him selfish for always having an aggressive approach to batting, but him being in constant T20 mode did help Pakistan in various matches.
The 45-year-old scored the fifth-fastest fifty in the history of Test cricket against India in 2005. Pakistan were touring India back then and in the third Test of the three-match series, Afridi did something that surprised everyone.
He scored 58 runs off just 34 balls, getting his fifty in just 26 balls, which was the fastest in Test cricket back then by a Pakistani batsman. Afridi’s innings helped Pakistan beat India and tie the series 1-1.