In the game of cricket, it is often said, records are made to be broken. And with the rigorous calendar that today’s international cricket adheres to, there are greater chances of records getting broken with each passing day. As a cricket fan, it becomes even more difficult to keep a track of the most important records which get smashed by players across the cricket playing nations.
Don’t fret! We bring to you a crisp snapshot of all the important records that were broken in the last couple of months. Enjoy and share it with your friends too.
1. Naseem Shah – Youngest ever cricketer to debut in Australia
When Pakistan team included young Naseem Shah, all of 16 years and 279 days old, into their playing XI versus Australia in the first test at Gabba, it became the talk of the cricketing world. By playing in the first test, Shah beat a long-standing record held by former Australia captain Ian Craig who was 17 years old when he played against South Africa at the MCG.
Although subsequent revelations on his age have made the record dubious, nonetheless it has stirred the cricketing fraternity.
2. Rohit Sharma – Hitman makes merry in T20I
Rohit Sharma’s prowess in limited over crickets is undisputable. He is the only player to score not one, not two but three double hundreds in ODI crickets! His T20I records are not less glittery by any account. During the just-concluded T20 series against Bangladesh in November, Sharma became only the second player (after Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik) to cross 100 T20I matches. He also crossed the milestone of most T20I runs during this series, now standing at 2537 runs from 92 innings.
3. Deepak Chahar – India’s new swing king
Another record was smashed by an Indian in the third and final T20I between India and Bangladesh in November. The Bangla Tigers were cruising towards an emphatic win. Just then thunder, or rather Chahar struck. In his comeback spell, Chahar broke the very foundation on which Bangladeshi run-chase was structured. He ended with a world-record spell of 6 wickets for 7 runs, including a hattrick!
The previous best was 6 wickets for 8 runs, taken by Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis in 2012.
4. Shafali Verma – Youngest cricketer to score an international fifty
Shafali Verma, only 15 years old, broke her idol Sachin Tendulkar’s 30-year-old long-standing record by scoring a gutsy T20I fifty against West Indies in St. Lucia. Tendulkar was 16 years and 214 days when he scored a test fifty against Pakistan on 23rd November 1989 during the second Test at Faisalabad.
5. David Warner – Comeback king shatters multiple records during the day-night test vs Pakistan
David Warner’s reputation was shattered when he was convicted in a ball-tampering issue, which also rocked Australian cricket at large. In his comeback home series against South Africa, the southpaw seems to have redeemed himself by shattering several records on the way.
Warner became the highest scorer in a day-night pink ball test, beating the previous best of 302 n.o. by Pakistan’s Azhar Ali.
By the time the innings got to a close, Warner had amassed 335 n.o. to achieve the second-highest test score by an Australian behind Matthew Hayden’s mammoth 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003.
Also, Warner became the fastest batsman to cross 7,000 runs in test cricket, beating a long-standing record set by the English great Wally Hammond in 1946.
I hope you enjoyed our compilation of the best cricketing records which got shattered recently.