1. Scoring Joint-Second Fastest Fifty for India in ODIs
Many people would be surprised by Dravid’s supremacy over Sachin. In one-day internationals, the latter was clearly the superior batsman. After all, he was the ‘Master Blaster,’ whereas Dravid was a strong middle-order batsman whose job it was to build innings.
However, there is one area where Dravid outperforms the man who has 49 ODI centuries. The following is a list of the fastest ODI half-centuries. Dravid walked out to bat in a must-win game for India against New Zealand in Hyderabad in 2003, as part of a triangular series, with India well set for a massive total owing to centuries from Sachin and Sehwag.
He came up with a knock that no one expected him to play, or even be capable of playing. ‘The Wall’ hit a half-century in just 22 balls, tying Kapil Dev, Virender Sehwag, and Yuvraj Singh for the second-fastest half-century in ODIs for India. Surprisingly, the fastest fifty for India in ODIs is held by an even more unlikely figure: Ajit Agarkar.
Dravid’s innings were a sight to behold. It has five fours and three sixes in it. The icing on the cake was a lofted cover drive for six, one of cricket’s most challenging and spectacular strikes. Even Sachin Tendulkar, the master blaster,’ couldn’t match this knock.