This bowler has the record of the fastest half-century in ODIs for India, but...
In Indian cricket, batsmen have more dominance than bowlers. This is the reason why most of the big records are named after Indian batsmen. Talking of bowlers, the bowlers show a very good game in the beginning, but after 1-2 years bowling, their rhythm deteriorates and some bowlers are unable to maintain their fitness.
But you will be surprised to know that there has been an Indian fast bowler who has made a record in the ODIs not with bowling but with the bat. Yes, no batsman but a fast bowler has made the fastest half-century in ODIs for India. Please tell that this fast bowler is none other than Ajit Agarkar who has made the fastest half-century for India in ODIs.
This record has not been broken for 19 years
On December 14, 2000, a fifth ODI was being played between India vs Zimbabwe. India had already done the series. In the fifth match, Rahul Dravid was captaining India, in the match, Zimbabwe won the toss and invited India to bat.
In response, India's start was very bad and India's first wicket fell at just 10. Rahul Dravid, who came to bat at number three, was also dismissed after scoring just 6 runs. Hemang Badani came out to bat at number four and started to lead the innings with Sachin. Meanwhile, India's third wicket also fell and Sachin was dismissed for 27 runs. India's three wickets had fallen to just 42 runs and the Zimbabwean team was dominating.
After this, Yuvraj Singh, along with Badani, had further extended the innings that Yuvraj was also out after scoring 29 runs. India was constantly being shocked. Virender Sehwag, who came to bat at number six, took 19 runs in 24 balls and brought India's score to 100. But when it seemed that both the batsmen were staying at the crease, Sehwag was out for 19 and half of India returned to the pavilion for only 114 runs.
Badani, however, stood at the crease at one end and was batting well. Ritender Singh Sodhi came to support Badani. Sodhi played good shots as soon as he arrived and started trying to get India out of the crisis. Both brought India's score to over 200. The score had just crossed 200 that Badani, playing the best, was also dismissed for 77 runs. India's six wickets fell for 216 runs.
India's team was in trouble and the danger of defeat to Zimbabwe was looming. In such a situation, Agarkar came to bat. Agarkar landed on the field thinking of something else that day. Agarkar started batting aggressively as soon as he arrived. Agarkar, along with Sodhi, led the innings and started scoring runs in a fast-paced manner. Gradually, India's position began to strengthen. Zimbabweans did not know where they had made a mistake. Agarkar saw his half-century in just 21 balls. With this, Agarkar also achieved the distinction of becoming the fastest half-century batsman for India.
Agarkar had played a blistering innings of 67 runs, facing 25 balls in that innings. Agarkar's innings had a strike rate of 268. Agarkar hit 7 fours and four skyscraper sixes in his innings. India scored 301 runs with the help of Agarkar's innings. Team India, who were in trouble at one time, had reached a big score. And all this happened thanks to Agarkar's explosive innings.
Agarkar's miracle did not stop here. In bowling too, he broke the back of the Zimbabwe team with his swing balls. Agarkar took 3 wickets for 26 runs in the match bowling 8.4. Due to Agarkar's all-round performance, India defeated Zimbabwe by 39 runs in the fifth match to take the series 4–1.
Memorable innings was played at Lord's ground too
Lord's is called the Mecca of Cricket, every batsman who makes a century here, his name is written on its Honor Board, which is probably why every batsman wants to score a century on Lord's ground, but every batsman's dream fulfilled Could not be done. Sachin Tendulkar, who scored 100 centuries in international cricket, could never score a century on Lord's ground. Talking about Indian batsmen, a total of 9 Indian batsmen have done the feat to score a century on Lord's ground. Which includes Agarkar.
Yes, Agarkar has played many such innings that will be remembered in the cricket world for a long time. In this sequence, he played such innings in England. In fact, Agarkar had scored 109 runs on Lord's ground, which is called the Mecca of Cricket, and had his name registered on the stand board. What did this feat Sachin Tendulkar even Ricky Ponting could not do.
Agarkar's international cricket career
Ajit Agarkar took 58 wickets in 26 Tests played for India and his best performance was six wickets for 41 runs. He scored 571 runs in the same test matches and his best innings was an unbeaten 109 runs which he played at Lord's. He has only one century to his name in Tests.
He played 191 ODIs for India in which he hunted a total of 288. His best bowling in ODIs was six wickets for 42 runs. He scored 1269 runs in 191 ODIs and his best performance was 95 runs.