Most Half-Centuries in ODIs: Batsmen with Highest Number of Fifties
In cricket and especially in its shorter formats scoring a fifty or a ton can play a crucial role in helping a team gain the upper hand. Top batsmen regularly accomplish these feats and that is why they are considered world-beaters. In ODIs, a quick fifty at any stage of the innings can be vital for the team. In this article, we review the batsmen who have scored the most number of half-centuries in ODIs and shed light on their overall ODI statistics as well.
Top-7 Batsmen ranked by most fifties in ODI cricket
Let’s take a look at the list of batters who have cracked the most number of fifties in ODIs:
Sachin Tendulkar – 96 fifties
Sachin Tendulkar is a genius who has realised his immense potential thanks to the player’s hard work and dedication. He holds the record for the most number of fifties in ODIs with his 96. Throughout his career, the Mumbai star has had hopes of more than one billion Indians pinned on him and has managed to admirably stand up to all pressure. He has shown great results, scoring fifty-plus runs in an innings 145 times.
Overall, Tendlya has played in 463 ODIs, amassing 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83 and a strike rate of 86.23 with 49 hundreds and 96 fifties. His highest ODI score is 200 not out. It total, he has been awarded Man of the Match 62 times which is a record number. Moreover, Tendulkar has taken 154 wickets in one-dayers and has played a key role in the successes of India in many matches.
Kumar Sangakkara – 93 fifties
Kumar Sangakkar, a sublime lefthander, took the second place on our list with 93 ODI fifties. In his career, the player has often formed productive partnerships with his equally illustrious teammate Mahela Jayawardene to win many crucial matches for Sri Lanka.
Sangakkara has played in a total of 404 ODIs and scored 14,234 runs at an average of 41.98 and a strike rate of 78.86 with 25 hundreds and 96 fifties. His highest ODI score is 169. In addition, he has proved to be an excellent wicket-keeper with 402 catches and 99 stumpings in ODIs. Sangakkara has played for Sri Lanka for more than 15 years and has been awarded Man of the Match 31 times in ODIs.
J H Kallis – 86 fifties
Jacques Kallis has performed brilliantly with both bat and ball for South Africa in international cricket. He has been an author of many important knocks and has taken wickets by the dozen to help his side notch up numerous victories.
Throughout his career, Kallis has played in 328 ODIs and cracked 11,579 runs at an average of 44.36 at and a strike rate of 72.89 with 17 hundreds and 86 fifties. His highest ODI score is 139. Kallis has also had great results in wicket-keeping with his 273 at an average of 31.79 and a strike rate of 39.3. For his impressive performance in ODI format, this prolific all-rounder has received 32 Player of the Match awards.
Rahul Dravid – 83 fifties
Elegant Rahul Dravid with a great run-scoring rate in ODIs has become one of the best players in this format despite his relatively calm batting style. In many games played for India, he has proved to be a vital all-rounder for his team. In 2003, his batting and wicket-keeping exploits helped his nation reach the final of the ODI World Cup.
In his career, Dravid has played in 344 ODIs, scoring 10,889 runs at an average of 39.16 and a strike rate of 71.23 with 12 hundreds and 83 fifties. He has received 14 ODI Man of the Match awards.
Inzamam-ul-Haq – 83 fifties
Inzy has also been a player of an elegant style and, despite acting a bit slow between the wickets, has managed to clobber 83 fifties in ODIs. He has mastered an ability to hit the ball far and played many crucial ODI innings for Pakistan.
Overall, Inzy has played in 378 ODIs and amassed 11,739 runs at an average of 39.52 and a strike rate of 74.24 with 10 hundreds and 83 fifties. His match-winning score of 60 against New Zealand in the 1992 ODI World Cup semi-final is still remembered today. For his excellent results in ODIs, Inzy has won 24 Player of the Match awards.
R T Ponting – 82 fifties
Ricky Ponting is a classy batsman, who has been truly blessed with excellent timing skills. As a team’s captain and star batsman, he has played a key role in Australia’s dominance in international cricket during his career.
Ponting has starred in 375 ODIs, amassing 13,704 runs at an average of 42.03 and a strike rate of 80.39 with 30 centuries and 82 half-centuries. He has been awarded Man of the Match in ODIs 32 times. Punter has led Australia in 228 ODIs, 164 of which have been ended in victory, to hold the record for the best winning percentage as captain.
D P M D Jayawardene – 77 fifties
Accomplished batsman Mahela Jayawardene has played a key role in the success of the Sri Lanka team in Tests and ODIs. A classy and prolific batter, he has also shown himself an authoritative and astute skipper.
Jayawardene has played in 448 ODIs, scoring 12,650 runs at an average of 33.37 and a strike rate of 78.96 with 19 hundreds and 77 fifties. Under his captaincy, Sri Lanka has participated in 126 ODIs, winning 68 of them.
Not to be forgotten
There is no doubt that the eighth place on the list of batsmen with the most number of ODI fifties should go to MS Dhoni who has clobbered 73 half-centuries in this format. He definitely has proved to be one of the best captains India has ever had. Throughout his career, Dhoni has appeared in 350 ODIs, scoring 10,773 runs at an average of 50.57 and a strike rate of 87.56 with 10 hundreds and 73 fifties. In his ODI career, he has been awarded Player of the Match 21 times.
The ninth place of the ranking goes to Sourav Ganguly with 72 ODI half-centuries. Ganguly has participated in 311 ODIs, cracking 11,363 runs at an average of 41.02 and a strike rate of 73.70 with 22 hundreds and 72 fifties. For his great performance in ODIs, he has won 31 Player of the Match awards.
Last but not least, the 10th place on our list is taken by the Matara Marauder’s Sanath Jayasuriya who has clobbered 68 ODI fifties. He has played in a total of 445 ODIs, amassing 13,430 runs at an average of 32.36 and an impressive strike rate of 91.20 with 28 centuries and 68 half-centuries. Jayasuriya has been awarded ODI Man of the Match 48 times.
List of batsmen with most half-centuries
|1||S R Tendulkar||India||463||452||18,426||200*||49||96||44.83|
|2||K C Sangakkara||Sri Lanka||404||380||14,234||169||25||93||41.99|
|3||J H Kallis||South Africa||328||314||11,579||139||17||86||44.36|
|6||R T Ponting||Australia||375||365||13,704||164||30||82||42.04|
|7||D P M D Jayawardene||Sri Lanka||448||418||12,650||144||19||77||33.38|
|8||M S Dhoni||India||350||297||10,773||183*||10||73||50.58|
|9||S C Ganguly||India||311||300||11,363||183||22||72||41.02|
|10||S T Jayasuriya||Sri Lanka||445||433||13,430||189||28||68||32.36|
|12||P A de Silva||Sri Lanka||308||296||9,284||145||11||64||34.90|
|13||B C Lara||West Indies||299||289||10,405||169||19||63||40.49|
|14||S Chanderpaul||West Indies||268||251||8,778||150||11||59||41.60|
|15||M S Atapattu||Sri Lanka||268||259||8,529||132*||11||59||37.57|
|17||M J Clarke||Australia||245||223||7,981||130||8||58||44.59|
|19||D L Haynes||West Indies||238||237||8,648||152*||17||57||41.38|
|20||A C Gilchrist||Australia||287||279||9,619||172||16||55||35.89|
|22||C H Gayle||West Indies||301||294||10,480||215||25||54||37.83|
|23||A B de Villiers||South Africa||228||218||9,577||176||25||53||53.50|
|25||L R P L Taylor||New Zealand||232||216||8,574||181*||21||51||48.44|
|26||M E Waugh||Australia||244||236||8,500||173||18||50||39.35|
|28||S P Fleming||New Zealand||280||269||8,037||134*||8||49||32.41|
|29||A Ranatunga||Sri Lanka||269||255||7,456||131*||4||49||35.85|
|31||T M Dilshan||Sri Lanka||330||303||10,290||161*||22||47||39.27|
|33||G C Smith||South Africa||197||194||6,989||141||10||47||37.98|
|34||Shakib Al Hasan||Bangladesh||206||194||6,323||134*||9||47||37.86|
|36||E J G Morgan||England||236||219||7,368||148||13||46||39.40|
|37||D M Jones||Australia||164||161||6,068||145||7||46||44.62|
|38||M G Bevan||Australia||232||196||6,912||108*||6||46||53.58|
|39||G Kirsten||South Africa||185||185||6,798||188*||13||45||40.95|
|40||I V A Richards||West Indies||187||167||6,721||189*||11||45||47.00|
|41||S R Waugh||Australia||325||288||7,569||120*||3||45||32.91|
|43||R B Richardson||West Indies||224||217||6,248||122||5||44||33.41|
|44||R G Sharma||India||224||217||9,115||264||29||43||49.27|
|47||N J Astle||New Zealand||223||217||7,090||145*||16||41||34.93|
|48||G W Flower||Zimbabwe||221||214||6,571||142*||6||40||33.53|
|49||A D Mathews||Sri Lanka||217||187||5,830||139*||3||40||41.94|
|50||H M Amla||South Africa||181||178||8,113||159||27||39||49.47|
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