Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul has risen as one of the most formidable opening batsmen in the past few years. Ever since he joined the Punjab Kings in IPL 2018, KL Rahul has become consistent in scoring runs and, at times, carrying the batting single-handedly on his shoulders. It was also with the Punjab Kings that the classy right-handed batsman scored the fastest fifty of IPL.
The Karnataka-born cricketer reached his half-century off only 14 balls against the Delhi Daredevils in 2018 in Mohali. Since then, Yusuf Pathan has been the closest to get there when the all-rounder did so against the SunRisers Hyderabad for the Kolkata Knight Riders, scoring his fifty in 15 balls. But, despite the swashbuckling nature of the tournament, not many players have managed to get close to Rahul’s record.
We take a look at five players who could break KL Rahul’s record of fastest fifty in IPL 2021:
Former SunRisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner might not be in the supreme form in IPL 2021 he has displayed he was; he remains one of the most explosive openers. David Warner is the first overseas batsman to cross the 5000-run mark in IPL history and has accumulated 5447 runs in 148 innings at 42.22, keeping a strike rate of 140.13.
But the southpaw has looked off-colour in this year’s tournament, managing 193 runs in six games at 32.16, maintaining a poor strike rate of 110.28. While Warner’s availability remains doubtful as of now, if he participates, the 34-year old holds the potential to reach his fifty faster than 14 balls. Moreover, with the captaincy responsibility off his shoulders, he could prove a much more dangerous prospect for the bowlers.