Since the inception of IPL, it has seen some explosive batting. IPL has revolutionized the way cricket is played. They have not also increased the pace at which cricket is played but have transformed batting from conventional to modern. With the world slowly moving from international to league cricket, IPL is a solid platform for young talent to showcase their skills. Although a batting-friendly league, we have also seen some of the slowest half centuries in IPL being scored.
Over the years, we have seen lots and lots of big knocks being played in the league. The fans have enjoyed a lot of sixes and fours. But at the same time, we have also seen some of the slowest 50s in IPL history. Who has scored them?
List of Top 10 Slowest fifties in IPL History
JP Duminy ( 55 Balls for MI Against PBKS in 2009)
A veteran IPL player, JP has represented a lot of different franchises during his IPL career. He played in the IPL from 2009 to 2018 and scored memorable runs. Although an aggressive batsman, he holds the unholy record of scoring the slowest fifty in IPL.
- In the 2009 edition, Jp Duminy scored the slowest century in IPL. He took 55 balls against King XI to mark 50 runs milestone.
- Playing for Mumbai Indians, they were given a target of 120.
- He scored a 63 ball 59, and his team fell short of the target by three runs.
- This unholy record has stood for 13 years and is yet to be broken as he scored the slowest half-century in 2009 in IPL.
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Parthiv Patel ( 53 Balls for CSK Against PBKS in 2010)
Parthiv Patel has always been an aggressive batsman for India. Having represented his country, he was an able wicket-keeper batsman. He had an illustrious IPL career playing for Bangalore. He played a total of 139 matches, and although he has a decent SR, he holds the record of scoring the second slowest 50 in IPL.
- Parthiv Patel Scored the slowest century for Chennai Super King. In 2010, he scored a 53 ball fifty against Punjab Kings.
- He was criticized for his approach as CSK could only manage a total of 136 in twenty overs.
- His innings were built on singles and doubles, and he was highly criticized for his approach.
- The match went on to a super over, which CSK lost.
Robin Uthappa ( 52 Balls for RCB Against Delhi in 2012)
Robin Uthappa has been an attack-minded batsman and has played for several franchises in his IPL career. Having led KKR to the title in 2014, he was a vital member of that squad, and currently, he plays for Chennai Super Kings. He has been nicknamed the walking assassin because him walking toward the bowler before hitting the shot. Although an aggressive batsman, he has scored one of the slowest half centuries in IPL.
- He achieved this unfortunate feat of scoring slowest fifty for RCB in 2012 while playing against Delhi.
- He came at the middle when the score was 1/2, but he could only score 60 of 58 balls.
- The scoring rate was insufficient as Delhi chased the target with four overs to spare.
- He was heavily criticized for his slow batting, scoring the third slowest fifty of 2012 in IPL.
Brendon McCullum ( 52 Balls for KKR Against MI in 2010)
Probably one of the fastest and the most aggressive batsmen the world cricket has ever seen. Former captain of New Zealand, he has been the face of Kolkata Knight Riders for many years. The current head coach of the England team played many memorable knocks for his club. His attack-minded approach and aggressive hitting nature have helped him score some big runs. However, there is one record he would like to forget as he holds the record for the fourth slowest fifty in the history of IPL.
- He scored 53-balls 52 when KKR played against Mumbai.
- Mumbai was set a target of 132, and thanks to the sensible batting of McCullum, KKR approached this target with the loss of only one wicket.
- Although slow, McCullum played a very sensible knock and guided his team to victory.
- Thus, he scored the slowest half-century for KKR of 2012 in IPL.
Mathew Hayden ( 51 Balls for CSK Against MI in 20009)
He transformed the way cricket is played and has been with the Australian team until his retirement. A versatile batsman, he had exquisite timing and the ability to target the gaps in the stadium and score big runs. He was famous for his aggressive batting and opened for the Australian side.
- In 2009, he scored a 51-ball fifty against Mumbai Indians.
- He went on to score 60 runs off 53 balls.
- Although a fine ball hitter, he couldn’t time the ball that time.
- Although CSK chases the target, this was one of his all times slowest knocks.
Jacques Kallis ( 51 Balls for RCB Against Delhi in 2009)
One of the greatest all-rounders the world has ever seen, he was a star performer for South Africa. He played lots of crucial knocks for his country as a top-order batsman and a fine bowler. His performances earned him a contract from Royal Challengers Bangalore. Although a hard-hitter, he holds the record for scoring one the slowest half-centuries in the history of IPL.
- In 2009, he scored 51 balls 50, chasing the target of 140 against Mumbai Indians, he kept his cool and scored a patient knock.
- He led his team to victory, although he scored the sixth slowest IPL fifty.
Gautam Gambhir ( 51 Balls for Delhi Against CSK in 2010)
Gambhir has been a fine hitter of the bowl when opening for his franchise and his country. Famous for his partnerships with Sehwag, he has played a lot of memorable knocks for his franchise and country. Although an aggressive batter, he has an unsavoury record to his name.
- He scored fifty of 51 balls in 2010.
- Although chasing a small total of 113 against CSK, Delhi lost three early wickets inside two overs.
- After batting at fourth, Gambhir played a crucial knock and led his side home.
- His patience led to them chasing the target quickly, although he scored one of the slowest 50s in IPL.
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David Warner ( 50 Balls for SRH Against CSK in 2021)
Another big hitter on this list. David Warner also opens for Australia and has been a solid performer. He has played with power and aggression and known for sixes in ipl. But he does have one unholy record to his name. He scored one of the slowest 50 runs in IPL in 2021.
- He scored fifty of 50 balls and was heavily criticized for his batting.
- Although he tried to cement and accelerate his innings, it backfired, and he looked very out of form.
- His innings created pressure on the fellow batsman, and as a result, he was dropped from the team.
- He was also stripped of the captaincy.
Murali Vijay ( 50 Balls for CSK Against PBKS in 2013)
Vijay, who has represented India and been in and out of the team, has been a class opener for Chennai. He has a memorable career for them and played some tremendous cricket for his franchise. Although an aggressive batsman, once he played quite a sensible knock to guide his team home.
- In a match against Kings XI Punjab, he came to open the innings with Brendon McCullum.
- HE scored fifty of 50 balls holding his end while Baz played an aggressive knock.
- As a result, Chennai chased the target with two overs to spare without losing any wickets.
Virat Kohli ( 45 Balls for RCB Against GT in 2022)
Virat Kohli has been one the greatest player ever to grace this game. He has been the face of India and captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore for over a decade. His timing, shot selection, batting, aggression, everything is top-notch, and much talked about in cricketing circles. Although an aggressive batsman and second-highest centuries scorer in IPL, he once played a very sensible inning.
- He scored fifty of 45 balls against the Gujrat Titans.
- This was the slowest fifty of the 2022 edition.
Desperate to get back in form, this was his first fifty in 14 innings and his 53rd fifty in IPL history.