Ashutosh Sharma has made headlines in Indian cricket by breaking a record previously held by former all-rounder Yuvraj Singh. This remarkable feat occurred during a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match in Ranchi, where Ashutosh, playing for Railways, smashed the quickest fifty by an Indian player.
With Railways standing at 131 for 4 and only five overs left, Ashutosh Sharma stepped onto the crease. What followed was a stunning display of power-hitting as he raced to his half-century in a mere 11 balls.
His fiery innings consisted of 53 runs off just 12 deliveries, including one boundary and an incredible eight sixes. Notably, this record-breaking spree came to an end on the very next ball, but his explosive strike rate of 441.66 left a lasting impression.
Four of his sixes sailed over the covers and long-off area, while two more cleared the long-on boundary, and the remaining two found their way to the leg-side boundary behind square. Ashutosh’s fireworks in the final five overs powered Railways to a commanding total of 246 for 5.
At just 25 years old, Ashutosh Sharma has already etched his name into the record books, surpassing Yuvraj Singh’s record that stood for 16 years. Yuvraj’s remarkable 12-ball fifty in the inaugural edition of the Men’s T20 World Cup in 2007 is well-remembered, as is his iconic six sixes in an over off Stuart Broad in Durban.
It’s worth noting that Ashutosh Sharma’s T20 career has seen limited action, with this match being only his second appearance in the format for Railways. His journey in the world of cricket is still in its early stages, promising potential and excitement for the future.