Cricket is certainly the most splendid and the greatest game that the mankind has invented. The entertainment it offers is second to no other game. And what makes it more fascinating is how the unachievable is achieved only to be replaced. Every year stars and players trouble the record books with several interesting cricket records.
We bring you some of the most unlikely cricket records by the unexpected players.
1- Misbah-ul-Haq – Second Fastest Test century
In 2014 Misbah was on fire in a test match against Australia at Abu Dhabi. The right-handed batsman had scored a fine knock of 101 runs in 168 balls during the first innings. In the second innings, he completed his hundred off just 56 balls with the help of 11 fours and 5 sixes. Later, his record was broken by Brendon McCullum when he scored a century in just 54 balls in a test match against Australia at Christchurch.
2- Ajit Agarkar – Fastest Fifty by an Indian batsman in ODIs
The famous all-rounder of the Indian team from the 90’s, Ajit Agarkar holds the record for the fastest ODI 50 by an Indian till date! He hammered his half-century off 21 balls against Zimbabwe at Rajkot. His blistering knock was laden with seven fours and four sixes.
3- Wasim Akram – Most sixes in a Test inning
How do you expect a number 8 batsman to perform with the bat? No expectations you might say, but the mighty all-rounder from Pakistan stunned the cricketing world with his thundering knock of 257* against Zimbabwe. He faced 363 balls and scored 22 fours and 12 sixes in his massive innings.
4- James Anderson – Most Runs conceded in an over in a Test format
James Anderson is one of the best modern day swing bowlers. Definitely, his name would not come into our mind when we think about a bowler who has conceded the most runs in an over. But, sadly James Anderson happens to be the bowler who holds this unlikely record. During the Ashes, James was smashed for 28 runs by George Bailey in the last over of the Australian innings.
5- Sanath Jayasuriya has more ODI wickets and five-wicket hauls than Shane Warne
Shane warne, the legendary spinner has taken 293 ODI wickets And Sanath Jayasuriya, primarily an opening batsman, has taken 323 ODI wickets! Surprised? Jayasuriya bowled with an impressive economy rate of 4.79 and scalped four five-wicket hauls in the 50-overs version.
6- Sachin Tendulkar had more five-wicket hauls than Shane Warne
Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne enjoyed a very sporty rivalry between them on the field. One was at the top of the game with a bat in hand while the other ruled the spin-bowling department. It’s hard to believe that Sachin has more number of five-wicket hauls than Warne in ODIs. Tendulkar has two five-wicket hauls while Shane, on the other hand, has only one fifer in 50 overs cricket.
7- Australia has lost three Test matches after enforcing the follow-on
It has happened only on three occasions that a team which has enforced a follow- on the opposition and has lost the Test. And, Australia is the only team to have been at the receiving end on all the three occasions. The first two times it happened against their arch-rivals England and the last time in 2001 versus India in the historic Kolkata Test.
8- Rahul Dravid: Bowled for 55 Times in Test cricket
The ‘Wall’ Rahul Dravid will always be remembered for his solid batting technique. His defence was among the toughest to breach for the best and fastest bowlers of the game. He holds the record of getting out bowled in Tests for the most number of times. He was clean bowled 55 times during his career. Thus, 19.23% of Rahul Dravid’s dismissals were bowled.