A Remarkable Achievement
In a spectacular display of cricketing prowess, Nepal’s batsman, Dipendra Singh Airee, achieved a milestone by scoring the fastest fifty in the sport’s history. Airee reached this remarkable feat in a mere nine deliveries during a match against Mongolia, showcasing his exceptional talent and setting a new standard in the world of cricket.
The Perfect 50
Airee’s journey to his ‘perfect 50’ was nothing short of extraordinary. He hit his initial six balls for six, swiftly accumulating 36 runs off just six deliveries. A two on his seventh ball was followed by two more sixes, allowing him to reach his half-century in nine balls. He concluded his innings with 52 not out from 10 balls, leaving the audience and the cricketing world in awe.
Shattering Previous Records
This innings broke the previous world record for a 50 in a Twenty20 match, a record held by renowned cricketers Yuvraj Singh, Chris Gayle, and Hazratullah Zazai, who achieved their fifties in 12 balls. Notably, Yuvraj’s iconic innings against England in the 2007 T20 World Cup included six consecutive sixes off Stuart Broad.
A Game of Records in Hangzhou
Airee’s historic innings occurred during the inaugural match of the cricket event at the 2023 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. Nepal, ranked 17th in T20 internationals, dominated Mongolia by 273 runs, setting another world-record margin in T20s. The match saw Nepal scoring 314 for three, establishing a new record for the highest score in a T20 innings. Airee’s teammate, Kushal Malla, also made a significant contribution with an undefeated 137 from 50 balls.
Airee’s Rising Stardom
At 23, Airee has been recognized as a future cricket star in Nepal. He has showcased his skills internationally, playing for Montreal Tigers in the Global T20 league in Canada and scoring a T20 international century against Malaysia. Despite facing defeat by India and Pakistan in the Asia Cup, Nepal’s qualification for the tournament marks a significant achievement in their cricketing journey.