If anyone speaks about T20I cricket, the scenario of batters racing away to score big knocks pops up in mind. And it’s not wrong either.

Batters like Chris Gayle have shown how to build huge scores with fewer balls. The fact that the Universe Boss scored a 47-ball hundred in the T20 World Cup testifies to it.

However, there have been instances where batters have consumed more balls than Gayle’s 47 to bring up their fifties.

Here, we’ll look at the top 10 slowest fifties scored by batters in the T20 World Cup.

Slowest Fifties in T20 World Cup

PlayerBalls Taken to 50Final ScoreAgainstVenueDate
Mohammad Rizwan (PAK)5253* (53)CanadaNew York11 Jun 2024
David Miller (SA)5059* (51)NetherlandsNew York8 Jun 2024
Devon Smith (WI)4951 (52)BangladeshJohannesburg13 Sep 2007
David Hussey (AUS)4959 (54)EnglandBridgetown16 May 2010
Suryakumar Yadav (IND)4950* (49)U.S.A.New York12 Jun 2024
Craig Ervine (ZIM)4858 (54)ScotlandHobart21 Oct 2022
Subash Khakurel (NEP)4856 (53)AfghanistanChattogram20 Mar 2014
Gerhard Erasmus (NAM)4853* (49)IrelandSharjah22 Oct 2021
Noor Ali Zadran (AFG)4750 (48)IndiaGros Islet1 May 2010
Asghar Afghan (AFG)4755* (50)ScotlandNagpur8 Mar 2016

Key Insights

Mohammad Rizwan holds the unwanted record for scoring the slowest fifty in the T20 World Cup. The Pakistani batter took 52 balls to reach his half-century against Canada in 2024.

A few days before Rizwan’s knock, David Miller became the first batter to consume 50 balls to bring up a half-century in the T20 World Cup.

In contrast, Yuvraj Singh has scored the fastest half-century in the competition, taking just 12 balls against England in 2007.

The West Indies’ Marlon Samuels and England’s Ben Stokes have scored the joint slowest fifties in a T20 World Cup final. Both batters took 47 balls to raise their half-centuries against England and Pakistan in the 2016 and 2022 finals, respectively. Coincidentally, Samuels and Stokes helped their teams lift their second trophy in those editions.

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