Himachal Pradesh's Pankaj Jaiswal (Photo credit: CAB Facebook)
Himachal Pradesh’s Pankaj Jaiswal (Photo credit: CAB Facebook)

Himachal Pradesh s Pankaj Jaiswal entered Ranji Trophy record books on Day Three of Round 2 of the 84th edition of India s premier domestic competition. Jaiswal playing against Goa, hit a 16-ball 50, which is the second fastest in First-Class cricket.

Jammu and Kashmir s Bandeep Singh holds the record for the fastest FC fifty; he reached the milestone in 15-balls against Tripura in 2015. Jaiswal s innings came to an end on 63 off 20 balls inclusive of four boundaries and seven sixes. It must also be known that Jaiswal bats at No.9.

The fastest-ever fifty in the sport belongs to India s Yuvraj Singh. Yuvraj struck his fifty in merely 12 balls against England in the inaugural ICC World T20 in 2007. His knock included 6 sixes in an over off Stuart Broad as well. Chris Gayle also has a 12-ball fifty for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League (BBL).

Khalid Mahmood of Pakistan too has a FC fifty in 15-balls. His knock came for Gujranwala against Sargodha in 2000-01 season.

It might also be noted that Jim Smith s twin fifties in Middlesex s tie against Gloucestershire might have taken 12 balls each in 1938 County season (dubious because no official records took place before that).