IPL 2021 dates have arrived and BCCI is all set to conduct the cricket tournament in April and May this year. The tournament will commence on April 9, 2021, with the first game between reigning champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The match will be played at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. While Mumbai Indians is led by Rohit Sharma, Royal Challengers Bangalore is led by Virat Kohli in IPL 2021.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, BCCI has taken several measures to ensure the safety of players. Only six venues will host the tournament in IPL 2021. These are Ahmadabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, and Kolkata. Teams will travel only 3 times during the group stages.
Spectators will not be allowed inside the stadium during the initial games. During a later stage of the tournament, BCCI will take a decision on allowing spectators in the stadium.
Indian Premier League witnesses many batsmen hitting quick knocks during the matches. The powerplay and the death overs often observe batsmen hitting fours and sixes to raise the team’s run-rate.
Many players have played such quickfire knocks in the past, reaching their half-centuries in just a few deliveries. Here we look at 5 players who have hit the fastest half-centuries in the Indian Premier League.
IPL 2021: 5 Batsmen With Fastest Half-Centuries In The Tournament
5. Chris Gayle- 17 balls
Chris Gayle has hit the 5th fastest half-century in the Indian Premier League. While playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore, the West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle took just 17 deliveries to smash a fifty in IPL 2013 in a match against Pune Warriors.
The match was played at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Gayle went on to score unbeaten 175 runs in that innings. He hit 17 sixes and 13 fours in the match. There are seven other players who have also hit a half-century in exact 17 balls in IPL, but Gayle hit most runs during his innings.