Cricket is one of few sports in the world where a record could fall on any given day. The constantly evolving technology and abilities of the players means that no achievement is safe, except for these few which are so incredible, they might never be broken:
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Chris Gayle’s 175 in the IPL
Chris Gayle is arguably the most destructive batsman of our generation. He has amassed more than 12,000 runs in domestic T20s and over 1,500 runs in international T20s, he also strikes the ball at over 140 in both forms of the game.
Both the amount of runs he has scored, and the rate at which he strikes the ball, will no doubt be surpassed by another batsman, but one record that he might never lose is his 175 not out that he struck for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL in 2013.
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The knock came off of just 66 balls and broke four records along the way including, the fastest hundred in T20s (30 balls), the highest individual score in T20s, and the most sixes hit in an innings (17). Gayle struck 30 boundaries, which accounted for 154 of his 175 runs, and scored at more than 265 runs per 100 balls. His innings certainly stands as one record that might never be broken.
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The most centuries in first-class cricket
Known as “The Master”, Sir Jack Hobbs is regarded by some as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. Hobbs played cricket for County side, Surrey, from 1905 to 1934 and featured in 61 Test matches for England during that time.
To this day, he holds two records that may never be broken – one for the most number of first-class centuries at 199 and another for the highest number of first-class runs, which stands at an astounding 61,760.
Added to that, was his uncanny ability to score runs consistently. Hobbs averaged 56 in international cricket, and 50 in first-class cricket, an incredible achievement. It came as no surprise when, in 1953, he became the first professional cricketer to be knighted by the Queen.
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The highest Test average
Unquestionably the greatest batsman to have ever played the game, Don Bradman was far-and-away the greatest cricket player of the 20th
Throughout his international career, which spanned 52 Test matches, Bradman averaged an amazing 99.94. In his 80 innings, he struck 29 centuries and 13 half-centuries, with his highest score sitting at 334. His first-class career, where he averaged 95.14 and achieved a highest score of 452 not out, was equally as impressive.
“The Don”, as he was affectionately known, needed just four runs in his final Test innings to ensure that he averaged a perfect 100, but was unfortunately dismissed for a duck. While it would have been an amazing feat for Bradman to retire with an average of 100, his record of 99.94 will certainly stand as one of the most unlikely records to ever be broken.
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Brian Lara's most runs in an innings
Brian Lara is a left-handed West Indian batsman who played in 131 Test matches and 299 One Day Internationals, averaging 52.88 and 40.48 respectively. His consistency and methodical approach to batting made him one of the best batsman in the modern game.
Lara currently holds the record for the highest individual score in an international Test match, where he hit an unbeaten 400 against England in 2004. As if that isn’t enough, he also holds the record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket – 501 not out – which he struck against Durham in 1994.
The former West Indian captain had an uncanny ability to remain calm under pressure and maintain his composure and concentration during the course of an incredibly long innings. His batting records are unlikely to be beaten any time soon.
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Sachin Tendulkar's 100 hundreds
No records list would be complete without including “The Little Master”. Standing at just 5ft 5in tall, Sachin Tendulkar certainly was little, and his exploits with the bat undoubtedly made him a master.
Not only did Tendulkar average 53 in Tests and 44 in ODIs, but he was also the first batsman to hit a double hundred in a One Day International match. What made this feat even more impressive, is that he did it against an incredibly strong South African side.
Most phenomenal of all perhaps, is the fact that the Indian top-order batsman hit 100 centuries in his 23-year career. 51 in Tests, and 49 in ODIs. He also went on to amass more than 34,000 international runs.
As one of the best and most liked players of all time, Sachin Tendulkar will remain not only in the record books, but also in the hearts of all cricket fans around the world.
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