THE SUPERMEN OF BATTING….. PLAYERS WITH THE MOST CONSECUTIVE FIFTIES

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Most consecutive fifties is a rare feat achieved by some of the best batsmen in the world. To score a fifty in a t20 game is special, but to do it consecutively is a rare feat, as rare as seeing Bruno Fernandes missing a penalty. Today we will look at those special batsmen, who defied all odds and managed to score consecutive fifties.

PLAYERS WITH THE MOST CONSECUTIVE FIFTIES 

Virender Sehwag 5

First, on the list, we have Virender Sehwag. Virender Sehwag or “Viru” had to be one of the most destructive batsmen ever, in fact, Chris Gayle would come second to this maestro. In the 2012 edition of the IPL, Viru who was playing for the Delhi Daredevils managed to hit 5 consecutive half-centuries.  He had scores of, 57, 87 not out, 73, 63, 73. Two of his half-centuries came against Rajasthan Royals and Pune Warriors India, while the 73 was against Mumbai Indians. Sehwag was also the first player to score 50 plus scores in 5 consecutive innings in T20 format. That year Sehwag finished the tournament with 494 runs, with a strike rate of 164.11. He hit 57 sixes and 19 fours, with an average of 61.08.  Delhi Daredevils qualified for the semi-finals, however, they lost to Chennai in the second qualifier. He went on to play for Delhi for one more season, before representing Punjab for one season.

 

JOS BUTLER 5:

The Englishman achieved this feat in the 2018 IPL edition. Butler had scores of 67, 51, 82, 95 not out, and 94 not out. Two of his fifties were against Kings XI Punjab, while the other 3 were against Delhi, Chennai, and Mumbai. Butler showed the world what a fine player he was, his 95 against CSK was a crucial knock. After the top-order batsmen had failed, Butler showed immense composure and maturity to bat till the end and steer Rajasthan to victory. Butler finished the tournament with 548 runs. In that tournament, he hit a total of 21 sixes and 52 fours. He had a strike rate of 155.24, with an average of 54.87. Rajasthan qualified for the playoffs, but they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders in the eliminator. Butler has previously played for the Mumbai Indians but is currently with Rajasthan Royals. Butler’s brilliant performances with the bat and the gloves have made many experts consider him to be one of the best wicket-keeper batsmen in the world.

DAVID WARNER 5:

 

David Warner has to be the most successful foreign player in IPL. David is third on the list of most runs scored in IPL. He has also won the orange cap a record 3 times. David has also hit 4 centuries in the IPL, third behind Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle. If this isn’t enough, David has also scored 5 consecutive fifties (What a player!) He did this during the 2019 edition of the IPL. He had scores of 70 not out, 51, 50, 67, and 57. His fifties came against Punjab, Delhi, Chennai, and Kolkata. David Warner finished the tournament as the leading run-scorer. He scored 692 runs. Similar to Butler’s situation, David and Sunrisers qualified for the playoffs, but they lost to Delhi in the eliminator.

VIRAT KOHLI 4:

The “Prince” of Indian Cricket, it is not a surprise to see Virat’s name on this list. The 2016 IPL was probably Virat Kohli’s best IPL ever. Apart from winning the title, he didn’t put a single foot wrong. He finished the tournament as the highest run-scorer, with  973 runs, which is also the most any player has scored. Kohli was also declared as the player of the series. Kohli’s consecutive fifties came against Gujarat, Kolkata, Punjab, and Delhi. His scores included 109, 75 not out, 113, 54 not out. Kohli also scored 4 centuries in that tournament. He is second behind Chris Gayle for the most centuries in IPL. He is also the tournament’s leading run-scorer. That year, RCB finished second, they lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad. Kohli is considered to be one of the best players of the tournament.

 

KANE WILLIAMSON 4:

The New Zealand captain is the fifth player on this list. We all know what a great player Williamson is and he proved that during the 2018 IPL tournament.  He scored 4 consecutive fifties, his scores were, 56, 83 not out, 51, and 81. His escapades were against, Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai. Williamson scored 735 runs and took home the orange cap. Unfortunately, Sunrisers lost to Chennai in the final. Williamson scored a total of 8 half-centuries, with a strike rate of 142.44. He also hit 28 sixes and 63 fours.  Kane had a high score of 84. 

 

These are the 5 players who beat everyone’s expectations and went on to score consecutive fifties. It will be interesting to see if anyone else can repeat this feat.