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Cricketing Records are Unrealistic

Some Records Appear Too Unrealistic


Cricket is a fantastic team sport and home to several records and statistics. These days, new batting, bowling, and fielding records are set and broken in practically every series played. Records like the highest individual score, the run total, and the batting average are prized possessions for hitters. These statistics are used as a benchmark for comparing a batsman with his contemporaries and his peers from prior generations, even if they may not be an accurate picture of a batsman's real class. Similar to this, a bowler's average and the sheer number of wickets he or she takes may not do honor to their talent, but they do provide a reasonable assessment of how they rank overall in the game. It is frequently believed that some records will be broken sooner than others, but there have been some astounding achievements in both the batting and bowling departments that may be too difficult for players in the future to imitate and ultimately surpass.


Starting off, I'd like to wager (though wagering is not my cup of tea, especially in light of the recent events) that Sir Donald Bradman's test batting average record of 99.94 is so astoundingly enormous that it will never be surpassed by anyone on the earth. Because of Sir Don's record, Graeme Pollock, who has the next-best batting average in the early 1960s, pales in comparison to the Don. There are several excellent batters whose batting averages are stuck around the mid- to high-fifties (Sobers, Hammond, Tendulkar, Ponting, Kallis and some others). Graham Gooch (England) also holds the record for the most runs scored (456 in a test match), and in the 1990 series' Lords test against India, he struck a triple century (333) and an undefeated century (123). The fact that a batsman will not have enough time to get a century in the second essay of a test match after scoring a triple century, which is already a rare feat, makes it look as though even this record will be impossible for any modern batters to surpass.


In addition to his two triple hundreds, one each at home and away, Virender Sehwag has a record for the fastest triple century, which he broke when he hit 319 runs against the Proteas in Chennai, surpassing his merciless 309 against Pakistan at Multan. No batter has ever managed to hit six sixes in a test cricket over, but with the advent of T 20, this may change. The extraordinary quadruple ton (400*) scored by Brian Lara also appears to be unmatched by the next generation, as no batsmen can muster the perseverance and degree of effort needed to surpass this performance. The dubious record of Muddassar Nazar (PAK), who took an agonizingly long time of just over 11 hours to score the slowest test century, will also stand for some time.


There are two bowling records that can be guaranteed never to be broken. First off, Jim Laker (ENG) holds the record with 19 kills in a single test match. He accomplished this during the 1956 Ashes test at Oval against the Australians. Second, the recent test cricket record of 800 wickets taken by spin master Muttiah Muralitharan is so astounding in scope that it will withstand the test of time indefinitely. God alone knows where the legendary Sachin Tendulkar will wind up when he decides to hang up his boots from test cricket, but he also holds several batting records for most runs scored in a test match. Additionally, Ricky Ponting, the next best player, appears too far away from him to be able to surpass his record for most test centuries.

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