Cricket is the 2nd most popular sport in the world loved by an estimated more than 2.5 billion people. The first-ever official international cricket match was played in 1877 between Australia and England and since then there has been no looking back. The game has developed and grown to a whole different level. Participants have also increased from 2-3 nations to 12 full-member and 25 associate teams to date. In every sport, great players come and create some records. But there is an eminent saying that states “Records are meant to be broken” and it does happen in cricket too. Many great records initially seem to be untouched then eventually, a better player crushes them such is the nature of cricket. In today’s article, we will be talking about some interesting records in cricket which will be barely ruptured in the future.
- Prominent as “The God of Cricket”, Sachin Tendulkar amassed 34357 runs in 664 international matches he played across all formats, which will be tough to beat for a long time following the short career span of players owing to multiple formats.
- The greatest spinner to play the game of cricket, Muttiah Muralitharan ended his career with 1347 scalps, consisting of 800 tests & 547 ODI wickets. Breaking this engrossing record will be a lifetime and historical achievement.
- In the era of centuries, swashbuckling Indian opener Rohit Sharma has struck 3 double centuries and revolutionized ODI cricket to play it at a higher strike rate. Only a toilsome batter of his stature which is currently unavailable can go past this record and rewrite it.
- Late Indian left-spinner, Rameshchandra Gangaram bowled 21.5 overs on the trot without leaking a single run in a test against England in 1964 in Madras. Everyone will salute the giant player who will surpass this interesting record.
- The greatest test batsman of all time, Don Bradman possessed an unparalleled average of 99.94 in his test career. He could have made it 100 if he had scored just 4 runs in his last test match. This sporadic feat was traced by another Australian batsman Adam Voges, who was able to touch 61.87 only. In the increasing era of the shortest format of the game, this once-in-a-lifetime record will remain unbroken.
- In 1956, veteran English off-spinner Jim Laker bagged 19 wikcets in a test match against Australia at Old Trafford, which is the highest by any bowler in a match. It’s been 67 years, however, no one has been able to emulate or shatter it.
- Former Aussie fast bowler Jason Gillespie took the whole world by storm when he amassed unbeaten 201 runs off 425 balls batting as a night watchman in Chittagong in 2006. Nowadays we hardly see any nightwatchmen who are basically bowlers to bat for a long time regardless of the team.
- The entire world is aware of the accomplishment of Sachin Tendulkar in terms of scoring the most international centuries (100). Nevertheless, talismanic English batsman Jack Hobbs holds the record for the most first-class centuries (199) in his 29 years (1905-1934) of prolonged career.
- The spin wizard from Sri Lanka, who owns an enormous record in cricket, Muttiah Muralitahran bagged the most fifers in international cricket (77)- 67 in tests and 10 in ODIs. Not a single bowler is close to it, Kiwi legend Richard Hadlee stands 2nd with 41 fifers in all formats. For the young prodigies, it will be an interesting record to beat.
- ODI cricket is dying gradually on the account of the rising number of T20 matches in the modern era, Never facing 100 balls in his entire career in an inning, Hard-hitting Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi hammered 351 sixes in his ODI career and this rare record might not be cracked ever.
- Aussie legend Shane Warne was a bowling stalwart but Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya has more ODI wickets than him in ODIs. Warne had 293 wickets but Jayasuriya scalped 323 ODI wickets.
- Ex-Pakistani cricketer Wasim Akram made test cricket interesting when he aggregated an unbeaten 257 against Zimbabwe in a test in 1996, which is more than the highest score of Sachin, Dravid, Kallis, etc.
- One of the vital cogs of the Indian side in the late 90s and early 20s, Ajit Agar lived a dream of Sachin Tendulkar when he smacked a stirring 109 off 190 balls at Lord’s in 2002. Sachin made centuries in several esteemed venues except Lord’s.
- The greatest all-rounder India has ever produced, Kapil Dev never sustained an injury and missed a match in his entire career of 131 tests and 225 ODIs. injury is a common trait for a fast bowler of cricket but the next level of fitness and flexibility assisted Kapil Dev to achieve this rare fit.
- As a fan, you may hear of plenty of cricket records but having the most not-outs ain’t one. The “Swing King” James Anderson created history by being not out the most times, 102 times in his test career.
16. Boasting a low economy has never been easy in ODI cricket as the white ball doesn’t offer much to the bowlers. However, a mainstay of the West Indian side in the 90s, Phil Simmons created history when he recorded a rare bowling figure of 4/3 in 10 overs against Pakistan at a breathtaking economy of 0.3, which is the lowest economy ever in an ODI inning.
The first-ever official international cricket match was played in 1877 between Australia and England
Don Bradman’s record of the highest test average 99.94 is the toughest record to beat in cricket.
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