November 16 2018
It goes without saying that cricket is a game of statistics. Numbers are everywhere in this sport. And obviously, some of these stats are as legendary as some of the players. Here are 9 of the most iconic statistics in world cricket:
Arguably, the most known statistic to every Indian cricket fan! All through his career, Sachin Tendulkar scored centuries for fun and he finally retired with an astounding 100 centuries. We all waited with bated breath for him to hit the 3-figure mark and ever since he did, we’ve been immensely proud of it.
Muttiah Muralitharan picked up a whopping 800 wickets in his Test career. When he announced his retirement and was still shy of that number, we waited to see if he would hit that mark. He finally did, and adopted that as his jersey number in the IPL.
Another number every cricket fan would know by heart. This is Don Bradman’s legendary batting average when he retired. He was way before our team but every fan worth his salt knows this figure. If only he had scored 4 more runs in his final innings, he would’ve had an average of 100!
Not as famous as the 100 hundreds, but every true-blue fan will have this number memorized. It is the total number of international runs Sachin scored in his career – 15921in Tests, 18426 in ODIs and 10 in T20Is. If you claim to be a Sachin fan, it’s a crime to not know these numbers.
Chaminda Vaas finished with this sensational spell in an ODI against Zimbabwe in 2001. 17 years later, this is still the best bowling ever in an ODI match. We might not be able to recall this number as easily but everyone associates this spell with the Lankan pacer.
In 1994, Brian Lara had claimed the record for scoring the highest individual score in Tests by hitting 375 runs against England. But in 2003, Australia’s Matthew Hayden scored 380 against Zimbabwe. Lara was having none of that and in 2004 scored an unbeaten 400 against England to reclaim the record. That record has stayed with him ever since!
Rohit Sharma has 3 ODI double centuries to his name but the most famous of the lot is the 264 he scored against Lanka in 2014 to become the first player to cross the 250-run mark. 6 players have crossed the 200-run mark in ODIs but this innings is definitely the greatest of them all.
We know him as the King of T20s but Chris Gayle wasn’t so bad at Test cricket either. He smashed 333 runs against Lanka in 2010 and started sporting that as his jersey number in the IPL.
Another Sachin Tendulkar statistic! The man really was in love with hundreds because he retired after playing an astounding 200 Test matches. Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh could only manage 168 in their illustrious careers so you know how far ahead Tendulkar went!