Cricket is not just a sport but a religion for Indians. There’s not just one, but multiple cricket legends that the country has churned out, and these heroes have brought glory to India. Perhaps, there’s no Indian who never got their hands on ‘bat-ball’ during their childhood days.
Invented by the English, cricket in India has overpowered world cricket in terms of revenues and performances. Cricket is the most celebrated, played, and watched sport in the country. With cricket legends such as Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, and many more, cricket is etched in the hearts of all Indians. The sport and the impressive cricket records that these legends have rewritten unite cricket fans worldwide.
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15 impressive world records held by Indian Cricketers
Whether it is first-class, international, or domestic cricket, Indian cricketers prove their mettle every time by achieving unique milestones and setting new cricket records. Let’s take a look at some of the amazing records that are held by the legends in India in the history of cricket:
Highest Individual score in ODIs
Rohit Sharma holds the record for the highest individual score in ODIs. In the ODI match against Sri Lanks in 2014, Sharma scored 264 (173) in unimaginable innings with 9 sixes and 33 fours. A score that even teams are unable to score at times was achieved individually by Rohit Sharma.
Most catches in Test career
One of the safest fielders in the history of cricket, Rahul Dravid, is the legend to have taken most catches in his Test career. Dravid has played a total of 164 Test Matches for India and grabbed 210 catches, which is the highest any fielder has in this format.
Most runs in ODIs
In his career of 463 ODI matches, Sachin Tendulkar set a record of scoring most runs of 18,426 at a strike rate of 86.23 and an average of 44.83.
Most runs in Test career
Tendulkar holds another impressive record for most runs in a Test career. He scored a monumental 15,921 runs in 200 Test matches at a batting average of 53.78. His impressive score includes 68 half-centuries and 51 centuries. The second on the list to follow Tendulkar is Ricky Ponting, with 13,378 runs from 168 matches.
Most Centuries in International Cricket
Sachin Tendulkar is the ‘God of Cricket’ for a reason. He has numerous records, and one of them is scoring most centuries in international cricket. The legend holds the record of scoring a century more than 100 times across all formats.
Fastest to 200 Wickets
The record of the fastest to claim 200 wickets has been set by the Indian cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin, who is one of the fastest bowlers. He reached this milestone in just 10291 balls.
Most Capped Captain
The ‘Captain Cool’, ‘Thala Dhoni’, ‘MSD’, Dhoni is known by various names and has a huge fan base. MS Dhoni holds a unique record for being the most capped captain, having achieved a milestone of 332 games in 2018. The same record is followed by RT Ponting in second place with 324 games in 2012.
Hat-trick in the first over
The Indian pacer, Irfan Pathan, is the only cricketer to have set this amazing record. In a match against Pakistan in 2006, he took a hat-trick in the first over of the test match and became the first player to achieve this record.
First Century in the First Innings
In his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2016, KL Rahul scored a century and also set a unique record for being the only batsman to hit a ton in first innings as an opening batsman in ODIs and Tests. He remained unbeaten at 100 off 115 balls and helped his team secure a victory.
Most Sixes to finish a game
One of the most exciting moments during any match is when your favorite team scores a six, especially when that can be a game-changing outcome. The impressive record of most sixes to finish a game is held by none other than MS Dhoni. The world knows Dhoni for his big-hitting ability and finishing games off. His combined skills helped him set this unique record of finishing numerous games with sixes, coming out as one of the best finishers. He has achieved this milestone in 9 matches during his career.
Most Sixes in an ODI Innings
During the seventh ODI of Australia’s tour against India at Bengaluru in 2013, Rohit Sharma set the record of most sixes in an ODI innings. He scored his fourth century with 12 fours and 16 sixes to reach a score of 209 (158). In his monumental innings, he scored the highest number of sixes, followed by Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers with the same number of sixes.
Most 50+ scores in ODIs
Hitting this milestone, Sachin Tendulkar has scored 49 centuries and 96 half-centuries, throughout his ODI career. That makes a total of 145 50+ scores that Tendulkar has scored in ODIs and set an unmatched record. The second on the list is a Sri Lankan player, Kumar Sangakkara, who scored 118 50+ scores with 25 centuries and 93 half-centuries in the ODI format.
Most ODI runs in a year
This record is a mind-boggling one as it dates back to the 1998 calendar year. It was none other than Sachin Tendulkar who scored 1894 runs in 34 matches with a batting average of 65.31 and a strike rate of 102.15. His score included 9 centuries and 7 half-centuries in that calendar year.
Most Stumping Dismissals in ODIs
The former Indian captain, MS Dhoni, holds a record for most stumping dismissals, affecting 190 stumping dismissals in ODI. He broke the record of 139 stumping dismissals that was set by Kumar Sangakkara.
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Triple and Double Centuries
The last one in the list of cricket records by Indian cricketers is the triple and double centuries. This milestone was achieved by the legend Virendra Sehwag for being the only player that has scored a double century in ODIs and triple-century in Tests.
These records are a few of the top records set by the Indian players. India continues to produce cricketers with exceptional abilities and talent, therefore, more such records will continue arising in the future.
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