We all love world records don’t we especially when it comes to the records in cricket. Every time a team enter in the ground we want them to do something extra ordinary. Cricket records are the most important part in maintaining the excitement of the individual cricket matches. Records are meant to be broken and every player wants to be the one who sets the new record. Cricket can generate a large number of records so we have chosen these ultimate top ten records in cricket history for you.
1. Don Bradman’s 99.94 Test Career Batting Average
In his 80 Test cricket innings, Don Bradman also known as ‘The Don’ scored at the average of 99.94. You can measure this impressive performance by looking at the Test batting averages of the next guy behind him who only managed to reach around 60. We can analyze these numbers through all sorts of mathematical methods but they will only express one thing which is that the Don Bradman is the best batsman in Test matches the game has ever seen yet. Bradman’s Test batting average of 99.94 has become one of cricket’s most famous, iconic statistics in cricket history.
2. Muttiah Muralitharan’s 1334 International Wickets
Muttiah Muralitharan (born 17 April 1972) was only aged 20 when he bowled for the first time for Sri Lanka. For the believers, he’s among the greatest to ever spin a ball. Nearly 20 years later, he had taken 800 Test wickets and 534 one-day international wickets — both records stand till this day. If someone wants to challenge Muralitharan’s record numbers, he will have to be capable of an extra ordinary level of talent and remain consistently amongst the best bowlers on the international circuit.
3. Jack Hobbs’ 61,760 First-Class Runs
Sir John Berry “Jack” Hobbs (16 December 1882 – 21 December 1963) was an English professional cricketer who played 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. Back in those days the game of cricket was not the same as we know it today because matches were longer, conditions were tougher, and international schedules were limited. It was a game for gentlemen of leisure instead of an intensely physical sport played by professional athletes.
4. Jim Laker’s Test Match Bowling Figures of 19/90
Jim Laker was an off-spinner who was also an English bowler who had made the unbeaten world record of 19/90 bowling figures in one test match.it means that Out of 20 Australian wickets that fell at Old Trafford in 1956, England off-spinner Jim Laker missed only one. Taking 10 wickets in a single test match is considered to be a milestone in cricket these days but 19 wickets is the mark that we can only dream about anyone else to ever achieve again. This bowling figure has still not been beaten and Jim Laker holds this record till today.
5. Tendulkar’s International Runs and Hundreds
Perhaps the most complete batsman and the most worshiped cricketer in the world, Tendulkar (born 24 April 1973) holds just about every batting record worth owning in the game, including those for most runs and hundreds in Tests and ODIs, and most international runs.Sachin Tendulkar has been the most complete batsman of his time and arguably the biggest cricket icon the game has ever known. Sachin has 51 test hundreds and 49 one-day international hundreds that in combination make an outstanding figure of 100 centuries in both formats.Tendulkar laso has the most runs in ODI’s that are 18426 in 463 matches.
6. Chaminda Vaas’ One Day International Bowling Figures of 8/19
Best bowling figures in an ODI inning is by Chaminda Vaas, 8 wickets for 19 runs(Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Colombo on 8 December 2001.These are the best bowling figures in Cricket ever and Vaas is still the only player to take eight wickets in a one day international.
7. Australia’s 16 Consecutive Test Wins
The most consecutive cricket test match victories is 16 and was achieved by Australia twice, firstly from 14 October 1999 to 27 February 2001 under Steve Waugh and then from 26 December 2005 to 2 January 2008 under Ricky Ponting. Its not very surprising that Australia has this record in their hand. In both instances Australia’s run was halted by India.
8. Yuvraj Singh’s 6 Sixes In A Over
The first man to hit 6 sixes in a Twenty20 match. Playing for India, against England in the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup, he hit Stuart Broad out of the ground numerous times. This is the real beauty of modern Cricket.
9. Shahid Afridi’s Fastest Century in ODI
Shahid Afridi is perhaps the most well known all rounder from Pakistan, has this record of fastest century in ODI on 37 balls against Sri Lanka, Afridi also holds the record of 5 sixes in a over against India.
10. Highest innings totals
Sri Lanka broke the world record for the highest one-day international total in their match against Netherlands at Amstelveen. Sanath Jayasuriya hit 157 off 104 balls and Tillakaratne Dilshan 117 not out in Amstelveen as they beated the South Africa’s 438-9 runs record against Australia. In reply to this massive run chase Netherland only scored 248 runs all out, losing by 195 runs large margin. Sanath Jayasuriya was declared as the “Man of the Match”.
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