In cricket, some records are very difficult to break.
Cricket, the game of uncertainties is very popular because of its own challenges and unique flavour. This game is all about numbers. Over the years in cricket, many great players came and set some unique records that are almost impossible to break. In cricket, anything can happen at any time but; there are some records which are hard to break. Let’s have a look at some cricket records that are impossible to break.
15 records in cricket that are not meant to be broken
#1. Captaincy at the age of 50
The first-star cricketer that the world has seen was Dr. William Gilbert Grace. In 1899, he captained England at the age of 50. Later, he handed over the captaincy to Archie MacLaren. He has scored over 54000+ runs and took more than 2800 wickets in first-class cricket. Grace has played his last Test match against Australia in 1899.
#2. 50+ runs in 3 consecutive World Cup finals
The former Australian wicket-keeper, Adam Gilchrist has scored 50+ runs in three consecutive World Cup finals. In 1999 and 2003, Gilchrist scored half-century while in 2007 against Sri Lanka he scored a century. This record by Gilchrist is impossible to break for any cricket player because it is very hard for any team to play three World Cup finals consecutively.
#3. 199 Centuries in first-class cricket
Everyone knows that most centuries in International cricket is by Sachin Tendulkar but people are not aware of who scored the most centuries in first-class cricket. In the first-class cricket, English opening batsman Sir Jack Hobbs has scored 199 centuries. He has also scored 18 Test centuries for England.
#4. 19 wickets in a match
In the year 1956, Australia became the first Test side to be bowled out by one bowler. England’s Jim Laker had taken 10 wickets in the first innings while 9 in the second. In this match, he took total of 19 wickets. This record is almost impossible to break for any bowler in this era.
#5. 30-year long career
Today’s generation mostly knows about the Sachin Tendulkar’s 24 years long career but in actual the longest career in cricket is 30 years long. English all-rounder Wilfred Rhodes has played 58 Test matches for the country from 1899 to 1930. This record is impossible to break because today the fitness of a player is very important.
#6. 4204 wickets in first-class cricket
In International cricket, most wickets (1347) are taken by Muttiah Muralitharan but in the first-class cricket, most wickets were taken by Wilfred Rhodes. Wilfred has taken 4204 wickets in his domestic career. In today’s generation, it is very hard for anyone to break this record.
#7. Century in 3 overs
Sir Don Bradman has created this record when he scored 100 runs in just 3 overs. This record is impossible to break for any cricketer at any level. In 1931, in the match between Blackheath and Lithgow, Bradman scored a century in just 18 minutes. In that match, one over was of 8 balls.
#8. First International wicket without bowling a ball
The current Indian skipper, Virat Kohli has taken his first T20I wicket against England without bowling a legal delivery. Kevin Peterson stumped out of a wide delivery by Virat Kohli.
#9. Retirement at the age of 52
In this era, fitness plays an important role in cricket because of the high demands in the game. In today’s generation, a great player took retirement around mostly at 38 or 40 but; English cricketer Wilfred Rhodes was retired at the age of 52. He has played 58 Test matches. This record is very hard to break.
#10. 21 consecutive maiden overs
In 1963, the Indian spinner Rameshchandra Gangaram Nadkarni has bowled 21 consecutive maiden overs (131 dot balls) against England. In that inning, he scored bowled 32 overs and conceded only 5 runs.
#11. Average of 99.94 in Test cricket
This is the most common an unbreakable record that everyone knows. One of the greatest batsmen ever, Sir Donald Bradman has scored 6,996 in 52 Test matches with an astonishing average of 99.94 (Highest average who has played at least 5 Test matches). Before his last match of the career, Bradman’s average was 100+ but; in his last innings he got out at zero.
#12. 3 consecutive World Cup wins
This record is very impressive. One of the strongest team ever in cricket, Australia have won three 50-over World Cups (1999, 2003, 2007) consecutively. Australia has won two (2003, 2007) under the captaincy of Ricky Ponting and one (1999) under Steve Waugh.
#13. 77 runs in an over
In 1990, Bert Vance gave 77 runs in an over. The incident took place in the match between Wellington and Canterbury in Christchurch. In this match, the intent was to feed runs to the opposition.
#14. 30 players played in a series
In 1921 Ashes, England used 30 players in five matches of the series which is a world record and most unique record in the history of cricket. Currently, only 15 or 16 players are allowed to include in the squad. So; this record is impossible to break for any cricket team.
#15. Hit-wicket on Test debut
Carribean batsman Sunil Ambris is the only International cricketer, who has scored a duck on his debut match. He got out (Hit-wicket) in his first Test match against New Zealand.