When we talk about cricket, we talk about the players, their playing styles, ratings, and score. And today, in this article, we are talking about some of the most fantastic cricket world records.
Many cricketers have come and gone over the years. Similarly, many of them have forever secured their sport as the great ones in history.
And then some will forever be remembered by cricket fans for their record-setting games. As one popular sport, there is a fair share of many great moments where the cricketers created historical records.
This article looks at some of the top cricket world records, which are nearly impossible to be outdone by any future players. Furthermore, these records are recorded in the Guinness book of world records.
Let us look at some of the top fantastic cricket world records together without further delay.
12 Amazing Cricket World Records
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|12. The first player to bat at No.12 in a Test match
|11. Ten wickets in an innings, all bowled
|10. Oldest international cricket player on debut
|9. Highest cricket ball catch
|8. Most watched cricket fixture
|India versus Pakistan
|7. Youngest cricketer to hit six sixes in an over
|6. Fastest delivery of a cricket ball
|5. The highest ODI score of 264 runs
|4. 1300 international wickets
|3. The highest Test innings score of 400
|2. Averages of 99.94 in Test cricket
|Sir Don Bradman
|1. 100 International Centuries
12. The first player to bat at No.12 in a Test match
We are starting our list of the top fantastic cricket records with West indies cricketer Shannon Gabriel. He became the first player to bat a No.12 during the second Test match game against India.35 year-old Gabriel made the record at the game played in Sabina Park, Kingston in Jamaica, between August 30 to September 2, 2019.
Usually, he played in the No. 11 position; however, he filled in the role after team-mate Jermaine Blackwood suffered a concussion. It was the second instance in a Test match, the first instance being that of Dareen Bravo.
Gabriel is a fast bowler who plays first-class cricket in the West Indies.
11. Ten wickets in an innings, all bowled
John Wisden was an English cricketer born on September 5, 1826. He is considered one of the best fast bowlers of his era and is best known for launching the eponymous Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack in 1864.
Wisden recorded this excellent cricket record of ten wickets in an innings, all bowled in the North versus South game. The game took place in 1850 at Lord’s.
This only bowler in cricket history to bowl out all ten batsmen, however, retired early at the age of 37 due to frequent attacks of rheumatism. During his career, Wisden played 187 first-class cricket matches.
10. Oldest international cricket player on debut
Our number 10 of the fantastic cricket world records, we have Turkish cricketer Osman Goker’s record of the oldest international cricket player debut.
Now 63 year-old, Goker set the record on August 29, 2019. He was 59 years 181 days old when he made his international debut for Turkey against Romania Cup at Moara Vlasiei Cricket Ground in Ilfov County, Romania.
The record was previously held by James Moses of Botswana, who was 53 years, 285 days when he made his international debut in 2019. It was Turkey’s first Twenty20 International match when Goker made his international debut.
9. The highest cricket ball catch
We have a female cricketer on our number 9 spot with the highest cricket ball catch. 33 year-old Alyssa Healy is an Australian cricketer holding this excellent cricket world record.
Healy set the record at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. She caught the ball dropped from a drone 80 meters above.
After the achievement, she was able to break the record of amateur English cricketer Kristan Baumgartner. Baumgartner previously held the highest cricket ball catch record at 62 meters.
In 2021, Healy set a new record for the most dismissals as a wicket-keeper, male or female, in T20I cricket. M.S. Dhoni previously held the record.
8. Most watched cricket fixture
On our number 8 of the fantastic cricket world record, we have a match between two cricket powerhouses, India and Pakistan. It is not new news that the two countries have a deep rivalry beyond the sport.
As a result, the match between the two countries attracts numerous viewers whenever they face off in an ICC event. Their faceoff during the 2019 World Cup was the most anticipated match in Manchester.
The event was watched by more than 1 billion viewers worldwide. So much so that many streaming websites crashed before the scheduled start of the match due to overwhelming traffic.
India came out victorious from this most anticipated match. This 2019 World Cup’s most-watched cricket fixture deserves its sport as one of the top fantastic world records.
7. Youngest cricketer to hit six sixes in an over
Next, we have the youngest cricketer to hit sixes in the same over. English cricketer Anthony McMahon achieved the feat.
McMahon was 13 years 261 days when he became the record holder on May 24, 2003. He played for the Chester-le-Street against Eppleton at Eppleton Cricket Club, Durham, UK.
6. Fastest delivery of a cricket ball48 year-old Shoaib Akhtar is a former Pakistani cricketer and commentator. Nicknamed the “Rawalpindi Express,” he holds the cricket record for the fastest delivery of a cricket ball.
Akhtar was the first bowler to record bowling at 100 miles per hour. Moreover, he achieved this feat twice. However, in the 2003 World Cup, he recorded the fastest bowling record.
In a match against England, Akhtar bowled a 161.3 km/h (100.2 mph) delivery at Nick Knight. No wonder the Rawalpindi Express struck fear in the hearts of the opponent batters on the field.
5. The highest ODI score of 264 runs
Our number 5 spot goes to the Indian international cricketer and current captain of the Indian team, Rohit Sharma. The 36 year-old is considered one of the most outstanding batsmen in limited-overs cricket.
Sharma recorded the highest ODI score of 264 runs off 173 balls in 2014. The Indian cricket team faced Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Before his record, Virender Sehwag held the highest ODI score record of 219 achieved against the West Indies at Indore in 2011. Sharma is also the only player to have scored three double-centuries in ODI.
4. 1300 international wickets
Muttiah Muralitharan is regarded as one of the most successful bowlers to play international cricket. The 51 year-old former Sri Lankan player is the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket history.
At the time of his retirement, Muralitharan has 1347-800 wickets in Tests, 534 in ODI, and 13 in T20I international wicket. This feat made him the cricketer with the highest international wickets.
In 2002, Wisden’s Cricketer’s Almanack rated Muralitharan as the greatest Test match bowler. Furthermore, he was the first Sri Lankan cricketer to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Many critics and fans alike speculate that his record is most unlikely to be broken by any other players.
3. The highest Test innings score of 400
We are down to the top 3 spots, and on our number three, we have a former Trinidadian international cricketer, Brian Lara. Now 54 year-old, he is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest batsmen ever.
Lara holds the record for the highest Test innings score of 400 in cricket history. He created the form after scoring 400 not out at Antigua in a Test innings during the 4th Test against England in 2004.
He had broken the previous record of Matthew Hayden’s 380 made in 2003. Lara has been the record holder for over a decade; however, no other players have even come close to his record.
Nicknamed “The Prince of Port of Spain,” he also holds the record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket with 501 not out.
2. Averages of 99.94 in Test cricket
Widely acknowledged as the greatest batsmen of all time, we have Sir Don Bradman’s record on our number 2 spot. Born on August 27, 1908, he holds the amazing record for the 99.94 in tests.
Bradman had a professional playing career of 20 years. During his career, he played in 52 Test matches in which he recorded 6996 runs. That makes for an incredible average of 99.94.
Similarly, he made many records for top scoring, which still stands. Long after his retirement, Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, called him the “greatest living Australian.”
1. 100 International Centuries
And our number one spot goes to the Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar. The 50 year-old former Indian cricketer is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in cricket history.
Tendulkar’s one of the most cherished and even worshipped cricketers. He has a long list of achievements and awards, and his cricket world record of 100 international centuries is his most outstanding achievement.
He achieved this feat during the 2003 World Cup. Tendulkar scored astonishing 673 runs at an average of 61.18 and was awarded the Man of the Tournament award.
Tendulkar was awarded the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy at the 2010 ICC Awards. He is an all-time leading run-scorer with 34,357 international runs (15,924 runs in ODIs and 18,426 runs in Tests).
There is no shortage of incredible records being created and broken in cricket. The ones we have mentioned above are not likely to be broken in the future.
However, it does not mean that these records are impossible to be broken. Nevertheless, these players and their incredible feat have been immortalized in cricket history forever.