It is a popular saying that ‘Records are meant to be broken‘. However, several exceptional and unique records probably will never be broken. Let us look at several such records.
BEST ODI BOWLING FIGURES
Chaminda Vaas‘ 8 wickets for 19 runs against Zimbabwe, while making a comeback in 2001 is a record that will take a lot to beat. The left-arm pacer ripped through the Zimbabwean batting line-up with his destructive bowling, restricting them to just 38 runs in 15.4 overs.
BEST INNINGS PLAYED BY A NIGHT WATCHMAN
Night watchmen have a huge role to play in Test cricket. With failing light, and the day’s play coming to an end, they have to ensure that no further damage is entailed i.e no further wickets fall. They protect the middle-order batsman, allowing them a fresh start the next day. However, they sometimes occupy the crease for too long, frustrating the opposition to the core. Such an innings was played by Jason Gillispie against Bangladesh in 2006 in Chittagong, when he scored a brilliant 201 not out, much to the horror of the Bangladeshis. This record is here to stay for a long period of time.
MOST OVERS BOWLED IN A SINGLE INNINGS
Sonny Ramadhin bowled a staggering 98 overs for the West Indies team. It was against England in 1957 in the second innings of the match. One cannot see a bowler churning out so many overs in the near future.
BEST ODI ECONOMIC RATE
Phil Simons in an ODI against Pakistan in 1992 claimed 4 wickets. He gave away meager 3 runs in his quota of 10 overs. This economy rate of 0.30 will be hard to beat in this era where assertive and aggressive batting thrives.
HIGHEST BATTING AVERAGE
Sir Don Bradman had an anti-climatic end to his prolific cricketing career. In his last match, he needed 4 runs to end with a Test average of 100, however, he fell for a duck. Still, he finished with a staggering average of 99.94 and it is highly unlikely that it will ever be broken.