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November 14 2018

10 Cricket World Records That May Never Be Broken

- by Benny Thompson

Cricket has been played for over a hundred years now and over the years, several records have been created. While most of these have been broken and bettered over time, some of them look likely to stand forever. Here are 10 such cricket records that may never be broken:

1. Sir Jack Hobbs’ 199 Centuries

Only 15 of those centuries came in Test cricket and the rest were in First Class cricket but nevertheless, Sir Jack Hobbs’ 199 centuries is no mean feat and in all likelihood. is a record that will never be broken.
The Englishman also scored a whopping 61,760 First Class runs from 834 matches which is another world record that looks likely to stand the test of time.

2. Wilfred Rhodes played Test cricket till 52

The likes of Brad Hogg and Rangana Herath surprised us by playing international cricket at the age of 40; so, imagine still playing for your country at 52. Wilfred Rhodes played 58 Test matches for England, the last of which came in 1930 when he was 52 years old!

He scored an unbelievable 39,969 runs and claimed 4204 wickets from 1100 First Class matches. The wickets taken and matches played are also world records that will take some breaking.

3. Grace was Test captain at 50

Dr WG Grace is regarded as the first superstar of cricket. In 1899, at 50 years and 320 days, Grace captained England and is, to this day, the oldest man to be the captain of a Test team.

4. Sachin’s 100 hundreds

Virat Kohli seems to be inching ever closer with every match he plays but at 62 international centuries, he is still quite far behind Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of a hundred international centuries and as of now, that is a world record that will stand for some time to come.

Sachin has a total of 34,357 international runs and given that no one else has crossed 30,000; that is another record that is likely to stay his.

5. Jim Laker’s 19 wickets in a Test match

During a Test match against Australia in 1956, Englishman Jim Laker became the first man to claim all 10 wickets in an innings. The feat has since been repeated by Anil Kumble but what makes Lakers’ achievement all the more impossible is that he claimed 9 wickets in the second innings to finish with 19 wickets in the match.

6. Bradman’s 99.94 batting average

Sir Don Bradman played 52 Test matches for Australia and retired with a batting average of 99.94. It is unfortunate that he was out for a duck in his final innings because if he had scored just 4 more runs in that innings, he would have retired with an average of 100. Nevertheless, 99.94 is an impossible average and is a record that will likely stand for all of eternity.

7. Lara’s 400 runs in a Test match

Playing against England in 2004, West Indies skipper Brian Lara scored an unbeaten 400, the highest individual score in a Test match.

Lara also holds the record for the highest individual First Class score when he struck an unbeaten 501 for Warwickshire against Durham in 1994.

8. A Test match victory in under 6 hours

Australia once won a Test match in Melbourne in 1931-32 in just 5 hours and 53 minutes when they bowled South Africa out for 36 and 45 after posting a first innings score of 153.

9. Murali’s 1347 international wickets

Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan picked up 800 Test wickets to go with his 534 ODI scalps and 13 T20I wickets for a combined total of 1347 international wickets. The legendary Shane Warne is second with 1001, so it is safe to say that Murali’s record looks likely to remain unbroken in the foreseeable future.

10. Australia’s World Cup hat-trick

Between 1999 and 2007, Australia were an unstoppable force in world cricket and went on to win 3 back to back World Cups, in 1999, 2003 and 2007. Considering how competitive cricket has become in the last decade, that feat seems hard to pull off and it doesn’t look like any team will now go on to win 3 consecutive ODI World Cups.

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