It is cognizance of the fact that the T20I cricket is the most-watched and the most engaging format in the world. The truncated version has witnessed plenty of dramas, heated moments and nail-biters that kept the spectators on the edge of their seats, which is precisely the reason why the T20I format is the best in terms of entertainment.
The batters, bowlers and fielders give absolutely everything on the field and against the run of play to make sure that the game is of the highest standard. Not many batters have been able to dominate the game in the powerplay overs because the bowlers come equipped with skills to keep the batters in check.
Nevertheless, some batters have broken the shackles and given the opposition bowlers a run for their money. In this article, we will now go through the names of three Indians who scored a half-century inside the powerplay overs in the shortest format of the game.
1. Rohit Sharma
Indian captain Rohit Sharma scripted history by becoming the first Indian to score a fifty inside the powerplay overs and he achieved the feat against the New Zealand cricket team at the Seddon Park in Hamilton in 2020. Renowned for his elegant and stylish batting, Rohit Sharma is known for his ability to build big innings and is considered one of the best limited-overs openers in the world.
Notably, he is the only cricketer to have smashed a total of four centuries in T20Is. The Hitman often starts his innings cautiously, assessing the conditions and the bowlers, and then accelerates once he gets set. He is considered one of the best T20I batsmen in the globe.
2. KL Rahul
KL Rahul is the second Indian to score a fifty inside the powerplay overs and he achieved the record against the Scotland cricket team, wherein he scored a fifty off just 18 balls. He has been a versatile batter who has been successful across formats. Lokesh Rahul is known for his stylish stroke play, excellent timing, and ability to adapt to different situations.
In T20Is, the Bengaluru-born is known for his aggressive intent at the top of the order. He is often quick to capitalize on any short-pitched or loose balls and can play a wide range of shots. His potential to maintain a high strike rate while playing elegant shots makes him a potent T20I batter.
3. Yashasvi Jaiswal
Yashasvi Jaiswal quickly rose through the ranks after he made his mark with his performances in age-group cricket before making his way into the senior side. Moreover, he is known for his aggressive style of play. He has a fearless approach to batting, often taking on the bowlers right from the word go.
It is worth mentioning here that his attacking mindset and potential to play innovative shots make him an exciting prospect in the shortest format of the game. He became the third Indian to score a fifty inside the powerplay overs and he achieved the feat against Australia.