Being a batsman is indeed a tough thing because once he is at the crease, he needs to lead the batting attack by scoring runs for the team. In the process, he ends up scoring a half-century, which is the smallest milestone that can be achieved by a batsman in the game.
In the history of Indian cricket, several batsmen carved out a reputation for themselves by smashing fifties for the team in international cricket. Scoring a fifty is still considered a pretty decent achievement. Let’s take a glimpse at the five Indians who mustered the most fifties in international cricket.
1. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar who has created plenty of records in his cricketing venture tops the list as he scored the most fifties in international cricket. Overall, he has mustered 164 fifties (68 fifties in Tests, 96 fifties in ODIs) in his career, a record that still remains intact.
2. Rahul Dravid
India’s batting maestro Rahul Dravid, who is acknowledged as one of the greatest batsmen of all time comes second on the list as he piled up as many as 146 fifties (63 fifties in Tests and 83 fifties in ODIs).
3. Virat Kohli
India’s run-machine Virat Kohli is best known for his potential to score runs consistently across all three formats of the game. The former Indian captain comes third on the list with 132 fifties (29 fifties in Tests, 66 fifties in ODIs and 37 fifties in T20Is).
4. Sourav Ganguly
Team India largely benefited from the services of Sourav Ganguly as a captain and batsman during his playing days. Ganguly comes fourth on the list as he accumulated as many as 107 fifties in international cricket (35 fifties in Test and 72 fifties in ODIs).
5. Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma is the best opening batsman across all three formats of international cricket. The flamboyant batsman comes fifth on the list as he mustered as many as 97 fifties in his international career so far. The Indian captain scored 16 fifties in Tests, 52 fifties in ODIs and 29 fifties in T20Is.
Updated as of September 29, 2023.