Cricket records unlikely to be broken

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Cricket records unlikely to be broken

Cricket is a sport which is played between two teams of eleven players each who score runs (points) by running between two sets of three small, wooden posts called wickets. Cricket is played by more than 120 million players in many countries which makes it the world’s second most popular sport.

Cricket is most popular in England, Australia, Indian Subcontinent, South Africa, the West Indies and New Zealand. Recently countries such as Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ireland, Afghanistan, Netherlands, and Canada have become more successful as the sport becomes more popular.

Cricket has produced a number of great cricketers and matches. Cricket has been evolving itself and the records have been piling up since years.Lets have a look at some cricket records that are highly unlikely to be broken:

Sachin Tendulkar's 100 international centuries

Widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of his generation, he is the most prolific run-scorer in international cricket. His total of 51 centuries in Test matches and 49 in ODIs are world records for highest number of centuries by a batsman. He became the first and only cricketer to score 100 international centuries when he made 114 against Bangladesh in March 2012.

He has scored 19 ODI centuries in India, compared to 30 in away or neutral venues. Seven of these centuries were hit at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium. He has been dismissed 18 times between the score of 90 and 99 and 17 times between the score of 80 and 89.

Maiden Super Over

West Indies spinner Sunil Narine is the first bowler in the history of T20 cricket to bowl a maiden Super Over. The game between Red Steel and Guyana Amazon Warriors in Caribbean Premier League ended in tie after 20 overs each with both the sides ending up with 118 forcing the Super Over decider.

Kevon Cooper's over for Red Steel saw Amazon Warriors score 11 runs with the help of a six from 'Man of the Match' Christopher Barnwell, .With Red Steel requiring 12 to win, Narine beat left-hander Nicholas Pooran outside the off-stump with the first four deliveries before having him caught at long-off by Martin Guptil off the fifth ball to seal the game.Ross Taylor also swung and missed at the final delivery as Red Steel failed to score a single run.

Sir Don Bradman’s average of 99.94

If Bradman had scored just four runs in his last Test innings at The Oval in 1948, he would have finished with a Test average of 100 runs an innings - a level of performance unchallenged by any other batsman at the time, before or since. Bradman was bowled second ball by England's Eric Hollies for a duck. Perfectionists and cricket enthusiasts alike will mourn that dismissal forever.

Don Bradman played in 52 Test matches for Australia from 1928 to 1948. World War II interrupted his career at its peak. He batted 80 times against England, the West Indies, South Africa and India for 6996 runs at that average of 99.94.

His nearest contemporary in batting genius, England's Walter Hammond, made only 253 more runs in 33 more Test matches and another 60 innings at an average of 41 less than Bradman. Hammond's 22 hundreds came at a rate greater than every sixth time he went out to bat.

Most wickets in international matches

Former Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan has the highest aggregate with 800 wickets. He also holds the record for the most five-wicket hauls (67) and ten-wicket hauls in a match (22).

Averaging over six wickets per Test, Muralitharan is one of the most successful bowlers in the game. Muralitharan held the number one spot in the International Cricket Council’s player rankings for Test bowlers for a record period of 1,711 days spanning 214 Test matches.

He retired from Test cricket in 2010, registering his 800th and final wicket on 22 July 2010 from his final ball in his last Test match. Muralitharan holds the world record for the most wickets in both test and one-day cricket. In 2017, he became the only Sri Lankan to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.

Sir Jack Hobbs's legendary 199 centuries

Sir John Berry Hobbsknown as Jack Hobbs, was an English professional cricketer who played for Surrey from 1905 to 1934 and for England in 61 Test matches between 1908 and 1930. Known as "The Master", he is regarded by critics as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. He is the leading run-scorer and century-maker in first-class cricket, with 61,760 runs and 199 centuries. A right-handed batsman and an occasional right-arm medium pace bowler, Hobbs also excelled as a fielder, particularly in the position of cover point.

Following his retirement from cricket in 1934, Hobbs continued to work as a journalist, first with Jack Ingham then with Jimmy Bolton as his ghostwriters. He accompanied the MCC team to Australia in 1936–37 and published four books which sold well in the 1930s. In addition, he produced two ghostwritten autobiographies, but generally avoided self-publicity or controversy.

Ricky Ponting’s 108 Test wins as a player

Ricky Ponting was part of the Australian golden generation which dominated the sport of cricket for close to two decades. Ponting continued Australia's winning habit after taking over from Steve Waugh and his aggressive captaincy helped Australia cement their grasp on the pinnacle of test cricket. Apart from being one of the most accomplished batsmen of his generation, Ponting skippered a team of superstars such as Adam Giilchrist, Justin Langer,Matthew Hayden, Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, Shane Warne among many other greats.

Graham Gooch scoring 456 runs in one test

A bizarre decision by the Indian skipper to field first in a test match against England at Lords in 1990 proved to be a costly mistake as his opposite number made India pay severely. In delightful batting conditions, Gooch scored 333 in the first innings, which is the highest ever score at Lord's and followed it up with 123 in the second innings as England won the match by 247 runs.

Jim laker's stunning match figures of 90-19

A right-arm off break bowler, Laker is generally regarded as one of the greatest spin bowlers in cricket history. In 1956, he achieved a still-unequalled world record when he took nineteen (of a maximum twenty) wickets in a test match at Old Trafford Cricket Ground (Old Trafford) in Manchester, enabling England to defeat Australia in what has become known as "Laker's Match".

The English off-spinner produced a magical exhibition of flight, turn and bounce to record the greatest bowling figures of all-time

At club level, he formed a formidable spin partnership with Tony Lock, who was a left-arm orthodox spinner, and they played a key part in the success of the Surrey team through the 1950s including seven consecutive County Championship titles from 1952 to 1958. Laker batted right-handed as a useful tail-ender who scored two first-class centuries. He was also a good fielder, especially in the gully position.

974 runs in a test series

Wally Hammond totalled 905 runs on the Australian tour of 1928-29. In the next Ashes encounter, Don Bradman broke that record and made 974 runs in the five-match series in England. His scores read 8 & 131 at Trent Bridge, 254 & 1 at Lord’s, 334 at Headingley (309 of those on the first day of the match, another record), 14 in Manchester and finally 232 at the Oval. The closest anyone has come to breaking Bradman’s record is when Vivian Richards bashed 829 runs out of the same opponent in 1976.

The economy rate of Bapu Nadkarni

This guy has career economy rate of 1.67 after bowling 9165 balls in test cricket. That includes figure of 32-24-23-0 against Pakistan.

Ritesh Ghimire

Ritesh is a Computer Engineer, Web Developer and an active cricket follower. Being the founder of LetzCricket, he has been watching and analysing Nepali and International cricket and sharing his opinions through LetzCricket.