Cricket is a game with a long history. In the past, we have witnessed many players who played a significant role in the game. Many have created and broken numerous records on the international stage.
But why do we call some as the greatest of all time? The answer is simple. They say records are meant to be broken, but not all of them. Some are to withstand the test of time, immortalizing the teams and players that gained the achievements.
Here we will see some records that withstood over the years and are unlikely to be broken soon.
Best Bowling Figures
In December 1989, Courtney Walsh bowled the most lethal bowling in the history of One Day International. Elected to bat first West Indies team posted 248 for 5. In reply, the Sri Lankans were batting at 45 for 2, when Walsh came into the attack. He produced a spell of a lifetime and finished with figures of 4.3-3-1-5. In modern-day cricket conceding just one run for five-wicket is beyond imagination.
Night Watchman Highest Score
The primary job of a night watchman is to occupy the crease for a few overs at the end of the day. But Australia’s night-watchman Jason Gillespie had other plans. He notched up a remarkable unbeaten 201 in their match against Bangladesh. He finished his Test career with an average of 19.59. But, his unbelievable innings in Chittagong will be hard to top by any other tail-enders.
Most 5-wicket hauls
Muttiah Muralitharan is considered as one of the finest off-spinners of all time and a brand in Sri Lanka during his playing days. He has an incredible career haul of wickets that appears to be difficult to break. He has taken 1347 wickets in 495. The following best is retired Australian bowler Shane Warne’s 1001. One of the most highly regarded records is the five-wicket hauls, and this has a place with Muralitharan. Altogether, he has 77 fifers, 67 in Test matches, and 10 in ODI. Former New Zealand cricketer, Sir Richard John Hadlee, is placed second from him with 41. This means he is still ahead of him by margins. The only bowler that has come to claim a five-wicket haul is India’s Ashwin.
Mark Boucher’s Record Dismissals as Wicket-Keeper
Cricket is said to be a team game. It is not all about batsmen or bowlers but also about, excellent wicket-keepers and fielders who help bowlers. A safe pair of hands behind the stumps can cost a team a match. One of the finest glovemen in the history of cricket was Mark Boucher. He would frequently be seen practising another set of wicketkeeping drills. His hard work paid off as he still holds the record for maximum Test dismissals long after his retirement. Boucher is the most successful wicket-keeper among all, with a total of 998 dismissals in his international career. Currently, MS Dhoni is leading the wicket-keeper’s list as far as dismissals are concerned. He claimed 707 dismissals from 441 matches so far. But, uncertainties around his future in Cricket make it far-fetched for him to break the record of Mark Boucher.
Only captain to win all 3 ICC tournaments
Known for his leadership skills and calmness on the field, Dhoni is arguably the most popular cricketer in India. Under his captaincy, India had won almost 60% of matches. He holds the record for most win by an Indian captain in One Day International. Winning 2007 World T20, ODI World Cup in 2011, and the2013 Champions Trophy, Dhoni became the first and only captain to claim all ICC trophies. He became the first captain to lead India in six finals of limited over matches and out of which won four of them. He is the third captain to win the Man of the Match award for his unbeaten 91 in the final of the 2011 World Cup.
Consecutive Home Series Wins
Among significant cricket records, this category is relatively new. At present, this record belongs to the Indian Cricket Team. From the year 2012-13 onwards India has been doing great and has performed well in Test matches. The most consecutive cricket Test match victories are 16 and this was accomplished by the Australian team twice. Initially from 14 October 1999 to 7 February 2001 and later from 2 December 2005 to 2 January 2008.
Highest individual score in ODI
Until December 1997, no player has achieved an individual score of 200 in ODI. The highest record at that point was 194 by Saeed Anwar of Pakistan. In the same year, Belinda Clark claimed the title as the first person to reach a 200 run mark. This record remained intact for 17 years until Rohit Sharma scored 264 runs against Sri Lanka in 2014. To date, this record
remains the highest individual score.
Highest Individual Test Score
Sixteen years ago, Brian Lara claimed the record for the highest individual Test score. Lara reclaimed the record from Australia’s Matthew Hayden with his unbeaten 400. Hayden scored 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003. It is safe to believe that Lara’s record of 400 will not be broken by soon. In the past, only a few instances occurred where batsmen scored 300 plus run in an innings of a Test match.
Most dismissals in Nervous 90s
Cricket is a sport that requires the highest level of concentration. Many players become uncomfortable when they are closing towards scoring a century. At this stage, many lose their wicket. Although there are many, the most renowned cricket Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for the highest number of dismissals in the 90s. He has been dismissed 27 times
across all formats of International cricket which includes 17 times in ODIs and 10 times in Test matches.
Highest Test Batting Average
After an exceptional career, the Australian batting legend Sir Don Bradman required to score four runs for him to finish with a Test average over 100. But he was bowled out for a duck. He finished his career with 6996 runs from 52 Tests at an average of 99.5. By far this is the highest average achieved by any batsmen. The second-best average is currently held by Cheteshwar Pujara. He has an average of 66.25 runs every innings. But Bradman’s enabled him to set a record that can never be topped by any player.
Chris Gayle’s 175* in IPL
In April 2013, Gayle was playing his third season for RCB when he scored 175 of 66 balls. The fastest hundred in the history of IPL. Gayle who was an integral part of RCB, had established himself as a destructive batsman.He showed no mercy on the bowlers as he sent everything out of the park. On his way to registering a century, the West Indies batsman broke numerous records such as 30 ball century, the fastest by any cricketer in IPL.
Gayle ended with 175 not out and RCB got themselves to a massive total of 263, the highest team total in the history of the IPL. Although, Mumbai Indians won the IPL, the entire lime light was on Gayle for his unbelievable performance.