Yashasvi Jaiswal stuns cricket world with IPL's fastest 50

The 21-year-old surpassed Pat Cummins' previous record.

Yashasvi Jaiswal celebrates with Sanju Samson and Jaiswal celebrates his 50.
Yashasvi Jaiswal (pictured) hit the fastest 50 in Indian Premier League history at the age of 21. (Getty Images)

Yashasvi Jaiswal could just be the next big sensation in world cricket having hit the fastest 50 in Indian Premier League (IPL) history at the age of 21. Jaiswal surpassed Pat Cummins IPL record and hit six fours and three sixes to help the Rajasthan Royals smash the Kolkata Knights Riders by nine wickets.

Jaiswal has emerged as a potential superstar of Indian cricket and is pushing his case to bat up the order for the Indian national team in the upcoming World Cup and he showed why after a record knock. The 21-year-old surpassed Cummins and KL Rahul's record of 50 in 14 balls at Eden Garden.

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The Royals were chasing down a modest total of 150, but Jaiswal's efforts helped his team reach the target with 41 balls to spare. “I prepare well and trust myself to execute my shots," Jaiswal said after the match.

"I know the results will come. I wanted to finish the game and winning the game was my motto. I was only thinking about the net run rate (for Rajasthan) and not my century."

Captain Sanju Samson joined Jaiswal with 49 runs after Jos Butler departed in the first over. While a packed Eden Garden was left mesmerised by Jaiswal's feat, so was the cricket world.

Former Australian quick Brett Lee and current opener David Warner led the praise for the 21-year-old prodigy. Lee even called for Jaiswal to make the Indian team.

Jaiswal's innings was also the second fastest 50 in T20 cricket history after Yuvraj Singh's 12 ball 50 against England in the 2007 World Cup. The youngster's rise after moving to Mumbai with next to nothing has been incredible.

In 2019, Jaiswal played in the Mumbai state team and became the youngest batter to score a domestic double century. Jaiswal was signed for the Royals in 2019 for a whopping $338,000. However, he has only just started showing his potential at 19 years old.

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Meanwhile, fans of the Delhi Capitals have taken aim at Aussie coach Ricky Ponting and captain Warner after the team once again lost to leave them dwindling at the bottom of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Capitals are sitting 10th on the ladder and have faced a difficult season with Ponting as coach and Warner under fore for his form as captain.

And in a game they desperately needed two points to give them a glimmer of hope to make the playoffs, the Capitals lost by 27 runs as they couldn't chase down the Chennai Super Kings' total of 5-167. To make matters worse, pressure is mounting on captain Warner who was out for a duck.

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