- At the onset of KL Rahul IPL 2018 campaign, the 25-year-old scored the fastest half century playing for KXIP against Delhi Daredevils, which came in 14 balls
- KL Rahul fastest fifty outshadowed the previous record set by Sunil Narine, Yusuf Pathan for scoring 50 runs in 15 deliveries
The 11th edition of the Indian Super League started just a couple days ago, and the bar has already been set high in the sky. On Sunday (April 8), playing for Kings XI Punjab against Delhi Daredevils, opening batsman KL Rahul stepped out on the crease and wreaked havoc on Delhi Daredevils bowling lineup as he registered the fastest ever half century in Indian Premier League history, writing his name in the record books at the Punjab Cricket Associations Stadium in Mohali. KL Rahul fastest fifty (KL Rahul fastest 50) points out to a clear certainty, that KL Rahul IPL 2018 campaign is going to be somewhat exceptional.
KL Rahul fastest fifty outshined Sunil Narine, Yusuf Pathan’s IPL record
While not many had predicted that they would witness KL Rahul fastest fifty (KL Rahul fastest 50) just at the beginning of KL Rahul IPL 2018 campaign, the Team India opening batsman stepped to the crease after Kings XI Punjab lost the toss to Delhi Daredevils and were sent to bat first. The 25-year-old occasional wicket-keeper achieved the magnificent feat in just 14 balls, beating the previous record made by Yusuf Pathan in 2014 and Sunil Narine last year, of scoring a half century in 15 deliveries.
KL Rahul fastest fifty came when he went all berserk from the onset of KL Rahul IPL 2018 campaign, smashing New Zealand cricketers and Delhi Daredevils star Trent Boult for a huge six in the pacer’s first over, tallying 16 runs. Rahul, who was bought for whopping INR 11 crore by Kings XI Punjab, then went on to score 11 runs from Mohammed Shami‘s next over, before taking on leg-spinner Amit Mishra in a breath-taking display of crips and precise power hitting.
After KL Rahul fastest 50 got him the ‘Player of the Match’ award, the opening batsman said, as reported by the Times of India, “For years, I have been branded a Test cricketer. It’s good for me to be up there, creating history and breaking records. Hope to continue this way.”
KL Rahul IPL 2018 campaign displayed immense promise as he hit six fours and four sixes during his stay at the crease, before being dismissed for 51 runs by South Africa cricketer Chris Morris.
Kings XI were 52 for no loss after three overs with Rahul’s partner Mayank Agarwal scoring just one run off three deliveries. Kings XI Punjab started their IPL 11 campaign on a high note, as KL Rahul fastest 50 resulted in the defeat for Delhi Daredevils by six wickets.