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Legendary Cricket Records: Unbreakable Feats in History

Legendary Cricket Records: Unbreakable Feats in History
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Cricket, a sport steeped in history and records, has witnessed remarkable achievements by extraordinary players throughout the years. 

While records are meant to be broken, there are certain records in cricket history that stand as towering landmarks, seemingly unassailable by any current or future player. 

In this discussion, we will look into the question of which record in cricket history is more likely to be unbreakable.

From the unparalleled batting prowess of Don Bradman to the monumental scores of Brian Lara, we explore the top contenders for the title of the most unbreakable record in cricket, reflecting on the remarkable achievements that continue to captivate cricket enthusiasts worldwide.

1. Highest Career Batting Average

The story about Sir Don Bradman's last innings is the stuff of a cricketing legend. After a prolific career, the Australian legend needed to score just four runs to finish with a sensational Test average of over 100.

He was bowled for a duck and finished on 99.94, which despite being a minor numerical disappointment, is by far the highest that has ever been achieved.

The second-best Test average from a completed career is Graeme Pollock's 60.97, while currently, Cheteshwar Pujara's flying start at the highest level has seen him make an average of 66.25 runs every innings so far.

But Bradman's talent has simply made him a statistical legend that will never be topped by anyone who plays a significant quantity of games.

2. Sachin Tendulkar’s 100 centuries

Sachin Tendulkar, the legendary Indian cricketer, has etched his name in the annals of Cricket history by scoring 100 international centuries – an unbeatable record. His unbreakable feat is a testament to his unparalleled talent, dedication, and mastery of the sport.

Sachin’s journey began in 1989 when he made his debut for India at just sixteen years old. Over the years, he continued to carve a niche for himself around the world with his impeccable batting technique, strong mindset, and unwavering grit.

The master batsman reached this feat in 2012 against Bangladesh and achieved what many thought was impossible – a hundred hundreds in cricketing history.

3. Brain Lara’s 400 in Tests

One of the most monumental moments in cricket history is undoubtedly Brian Lara’s record-breaking 400 runs in a single Test match innings.

The West Indian batsman achieved this incredible feat against England in 2004, surpassing the previous record held by Matthew Hayden.

Not only did Lara’s performance put him at the top of the leaderboard for the highest individual runs in a Test inning, but he also became the first and only player to score 400 runs in just one day of play.

The sheer determination and skill demonstrated by Lara during his marathon innings have cemented his place as one of the greatest batsmen of all time.

4. Jim Laker’s 19 wickets in a Test match

Jim Laker of England took all 10 wickets in an innings and a total of 19 wickets in a Test match against Australia in 1956. This remains the record for the most wickets taken by a bowler in a single Test match and is considered highly unlikely to be surpassed.

5. Most International Wickets

Muttiah Muralitharan's incredible career haul of wickets seems almost impossibly high given the average time at the top for an international cricketer.

With 1,347 victims, 800 in Test matches, and 547 in the white-ball formats, the spinner ruled over batsmen for two full decades.

Given that Murali's closest contemporary Shane Warne is still 346 wickets behind the Sri Lankan, it will be some career that even gets close to this total.

6. AB de Villiers’ fastest century in ODIs (31 balls)

AB de Villiers set an unbreakable record in cricket history by smashing the fastest century in One Day Internationals (ODIs), with just 31 balls.

This extraordinary feat was achieved during South Africa’s game against West Indies in Johannesburg on January 18, 2015. 

AB de Villiers’ blazing knock comprised of eight boundaries and ten sixes, cementing his status as one of the most fearsome batsmen on the planet.

7. Brendon McCullum’s fastest century in Tests (54 balls)

Brendon McCullum’s fastest century in Test cricket history, achieved in just 54 balls, is a remarkable feat that will long be remembered.

The former New Zealand cricket captain’s quickfire innings broke records and stunned the world of cricket. 

McCullum demonstrated amazing concentration, precision, and raw power as he paved his way through the opposition attack to score a century in less than an hour.

McCullum’s aggressive style of play revolutionized the game and inspired future generations of cricketers.

8. Most Career Runs

The legendary Sir Jack Hobbs is one of England's greatest-ever batsmen and also the most prolific run-scorer in the history of the sport.

In an epic career that started in 1905 and finished in 1934, the man known as "The Master" scored over 60,000 runs, which included 199 centuries (another record).

There just aren't enough games these days to get near those levels, so these records will last until the end of time.

9.  Rohit Sharma’s highest ODI score of 264 runs

India opener Rohit Sharma registered the highest score by any batsman in ODI cricket: 264 runs from 173 balls against Sri Lanka in 2014. Sharma is the only batsman with more than one – 3 – double centuries in ODI cricket.

In that historic 264-run knock, Sharma had batted at almost run-a-ball for the first half of his innings – he got his hundred in the 32nd over – before turning on the heat in the last 15 overs.

10. Most Balls Delivered in a Single Innings

Sonny Ramadhin must have needed an ice bath after his Herculean efforts against England in 1957 at Edgbaston.

The spinner managed to bowl 98 overs in the second innings, the highest-ever amount of deliveries bowled in a single innings.

The nearest anyone has come of late is when Zimbabwe's Ray Price ground through 79 overs in a 2001 Test match against South Africa.

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