Whether you are a sports person, or not, it doesn’t matter, if you grew up in Indian household, then you surely grew up playing bat-ball and watching cricket on television. From playing gully cricket during our childhood to dreaming of playing in Indian cricket team on International level, we all grew up.
Cricket being the most played, most viewed and most celebrated sport in our country, it’s no surprise that it is like a sports religion in India with Sachin Tendulkar it’s God.
So for all the cricket fanatics out there, we bring to you the toughest and most amazing records held by Indian cricketers which are unbroken till date, and will probably remain unbroken for many decades to come, here goes on the list
World Records Held by Indian Cricketers
1. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar (Master Blaster)
- (Batting) Highest number of centuries by a batsman, this record (called centuries of centuries) is held by none other than Sachin Tendulkar. He has 51 centuries in test cricket and 49 in ODIs, totalling to a whopping 100 centuries in his overall career.
2. Rahul Sharad Dravid (The Wall)
- (Batting) Rahul Dravid is called the wall for a reason, for his determination on the field. The proof you ask? Here, he holds a record of not getting out in 286 test innings. He is the batsman to face the maximum number of balls- 31258- in test cricket, spending a total of 44152 minutes on the field- the most time by any cricketer. Plus he has been in century partnership in 88 matches- the maximum number of times for any cricketer.
- (Fielding) He has a record of taking the maximum number of catches in test cricket- that being 210 catches in 164 matches.
3. “Kapil Dev” Ramlal Nikhanj (The Haryana Hurricane)
- (All-Rounder) Kapil Dev is the only allrounder in the game to have made more than 5000 runs and have taken more than 400 wickets in test matches. Plus he never got run out a single time in his entire career- the only batsman ever to hold this record (a great sprinter I must say!!).
- (Bowling) This amazing veteran cricketer also holds the unique record of never throwing a single no-ball in his 131 test matches and 24 ODIs(Mr. Perfectionist?).
4. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain Cool)
- (Wicket-Keeping) MS Dhoni holds the record for the most stumpings by a wicketkeeper in all formats of the game, the number is 195.
- (Batting) Do you remember ICC cricket World Cup 2011, final match, India v/s Sri Lanka? Of course you do, a six by Dhoni and India won the CWC second time after 1983. Dhoni always finishes off in style and by that we mean his last ball sixes. And the result is that he is the only batsman to have finished an inning or match with a 6 a total of 24 times. Out of 24, only 2 matches were lost by India. And out of these 24, 11 sixes were in the first innings, remaining 13 matches were the final balls, where India won.
- (Captaincy) MS Dhoni holds the world record for being captain in the maximum number of matches in all formats. Total matches as a captain- 331, out of which 60 were tests, 199 ODI and 72 T20.
- He is also the only cricketer, during whose captaincy, the team won maximum number of international tournaments- 2007 ICC world cup T20, 2010 and 2016 Asia cup, 2011 ICC CWC and 2013 ICC champions trophy. With the ICC champions trophy ending in 2017, there is no way one can break this record now.
5. Yuvraj Singh (Yuvi)
- (Batting) Yuvraj Singh real life cancer warrior was a real warrior on the field too. He was the first batsman to have hit consecutive 6 sixes in a single over of England’s fast bowler Stuart Broad. With this he also became the only batsman to hit the fastest 50 of T20 during ICC T20 WC at Durban, on September 19,2007. He scored 50 runs in just 12 balls.
6. Irfan Khan Pathan
- (Bowling) Irfan Pathan swing bowler of India is the only bowler in the entire cricket history to have taken a hat-trick in a test match’s first over. In a match against Pakistan in 2006, he took the wicket of Salman Butt,Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf consecutively in the last three balls of the first over of the match in Karachi on January 29,2006.
7. Virat Kohli (Cheeku/Chiku)
- (Batting) Indian team’s very desirable current captain is as promising on field as he is for his female fan following. Virat Kohli holds the world record for being the fastest batsman to make 10,000 and 11,000 runs in ODI cricket, reaching the milestones in 205 and 222 innings respectively.
- (Bowling) Along with being an amazing batsman, he holds a rather rare record in bowling too. He is the only cricketer to have taken a wicket with 0 balls. Tricky? Here let me explain, in 2011, during India vs England T20, Kevin Pietersen got stumped when he tried to play a leg side wide ball thrown by Kohli. So overall he was out on a zero numbered ball.
8. Rohit Gurunath Sharma (Hitman)
- (Batting) This is no secret to the world that he is the only batsman in the world to have 3 double centuries in ODIs. With this he also holds the record of the highest number of runs in an ODI, which is 264 runs against Sri Lanka on November 13,2014 with 33 boundaries and 9 sixes.
9. Rajesh Chauhan
- He is a former Indian cricketer with a total of 21 tests and 35 ODIs played from 1993 to 1998. His record can be named as the luckiest cricketer in the world as India didn’t lose a single test match of the 21 tests that he played.
10. Vijay Hazare
- (Batting) Vijay Samuel Hazare was an Indian cricketer. He captained India in 14 matches between 1951 and 1953. He holds the record for making 2 back to back centuries on consecutive days in a test match- 3rd and 4th days in the match against Australia in 1948.
11. Bapu Nadkarni
- (Bowling) Rameshchandra Gangaram “Bapu” Nadkarni was an Indian cricketer, known for being an economical bowler. The chances of scoring against him were either nil, or negligible. He holds a record of being the first bowler to give 21 consecutive maiden 6-balls-overs in test innings. He delivered 131 balls without giving a single run.
So these were some records held by Indian cricketers in international cricket and making India proud and immortal when it comes to this game. Keep reading, keep playing, stay fit, stay safe.