Stats: Indian batsmen with most consecutive half-centuries in T20s
Performing consistently with the bat in the shorter format is extremely challenging.
Published - Jan 21, 2018 9:36 pm | Updated - Jan 21, 2018 9:36 pm
The game of cricket has witnessed a plethora of changes ever since its induction. And with the dawn of modern formats, the game has only become more interesting. The massive run chases at skyscraper like run-rates have left the batsmen with no option but to move out of their shells and try things out of the box to get the ball past the fielders and across to the stands.
Thus with the length of the game reduced, it becomes of utmost importance to put up as many runs possible on the scoreboard. The T20 format poses a stern challenge to the cricketers, both bowlers and batsmen alike. For bowlers, it is a cut-throat task to eliminate all 10 wickets within the stipulated overs, all the while maintaining a decent economy rate. Conceding one too many can prove crucial, especially when it’s an extremely competitive total.
For the batsman, the task is all the more tricky. The opening order has to make sure that they stick to their wickets. At the same time, the batsmen need to ensure that they keep the scoreboard ticking at a healthy run-rate with the occasional big shots coming in to provide a boost. The middle order’s task is then to capitalize on the foundation established by their predecessors. It is the middle order, that that takes responsibility of skyrocketing the scoreboard to a big total. However, a flimsy display can entirely make the situation volatile as the team will then be left with no quality batsman and not much overs to bat as well.
Thus performing consistently with the bat in the shorter format is extremely challenging. Any batsman with an average north of 30 in the T20 format is considered fairly consistent. In this article, we take a look at the India batsmen who hold the record for scoring most number of consecutive half-centuries in the shorter format.
Leading the pack is former swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag. Known for audacious strokeplay, Sehwag had the ability to decimate any bowling lineup on his day. The 39-year-old tops the leaderboard with five consecutive half-centuries in 2012.
Sehwag is closely followed by charismatic Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane. A lynchpin in India’s batting lineup, Rahane boasts of a rich repertoire of strokes and is popular for his gracious gameplay. Present India skipper Virat Kohli ranks third.
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