Have you heard the term ‘Guinness book of World Records’? If yes, then you must be vary of the fact, that it is regarded as the most respected and eminent record book’s in the world.
A reference book, which is published annually and accentuates world records both human achievements and the apexes of the natural world and it also lists sporting records including cricket.
Cricket is one of the greatest sport in the world and has a position of its own in the world of sports so there are no surprises that many records in cricket are placed in Guinness World Records.
On that note, here are the 10 Guinness World records in the sport:
MS Dhoni’s expensive willow
This unique record is held by former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni when his bat was sold at the auction for £100,000 ($161,295). It was purchased by R K Global Shares & Securities Ltd (India), at MS Dhoni’s ‘East Meets West’ Charity Dinner, in London, on July 18, 2011.
This is the same bat which was used by Dhoni in the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium. MSD had hit the winning shot with the bat which brought the World Cup Trophy to India after 28 years.
Sachin Tendulkar – Most runs in World Cup
In the 2003 World Cup, Sachin Tendulkar steamrolled the bowlers and created a unique record.
The ‘Master Blaster’ scored an incredible 673 runs, comprising a hundred and six fifties, at an average of 61.18 and also awarded with ‘Man of the Tournament’ award. Tendulkar scored 152 against Namibia, 81 against Zimbabwe, 97 against Sri Lanka, 83 against Kenya in the semi-final, and 98 against arch-rivals Pakistan.
Largest cricket tournament
Eenadu Cricket tournament in India has listed in the record books by registering the largest cricket tournament in the world.
The tournament consists of 16,215 participants and was achieved by Eenadu Cricket Champion Cup- 2013 (India) in different venues across India from 30 December 2013 to 20 February 2014.
Debut at 72 years in first-class cricket
The governor of Bombay, Raja Maharaj Singh realized his affection for cricket quite late but was able to fulfill his dream. Hailing from a Kathpura Royal Family, he made his First-Class debut at the age of 72 Years and 192 Days to claim a record and write his name with golden letters in the history of cricket.
However, after batting, he never entered the field, as he left the captaincy to his team partner. Despite that, the record is placed firmly on the book.
Anthony McMahon – Youngest cricketer to hit six sixes in an over
The youngest cricketer to hit six consecutive sixes in the same over is England’s, Anthony McMahon.
He achieved the remarkable achievement, at the age of 13 years 261 days, on May 24 2003. Anthony was playing for Chester-le-Street against Eppleton at Eppleton Cricket Club in Durham.
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Most watched cricket fixture – India vs Pakistan in World Cup 2019
Last year in the World Cup, India and Pakistan played out the most expected clash of worldwide showpiece tournaments in Manchester with more than 1 billion viewers worldwide.
Many streaming websites crashed minutes before the expected start of the match, such was the craze of India versus Pakistan match.
The tournament took place on June 16, 2019, where India (336 for 5) defeated Pakistan (212 for 6) by 89 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in a rain-affected match.
Don Bradman’s 99.94 average in Tests
In those days, where the helmet was a solitary dream and the fast bowlers giving the best of him on the pitch, Don Bradman has attended the sport like a video game.
The nearest person to Sir Don Bradman’s 99.94 is Steve Smith who averages 63.75 per innings in Test cricket.
John Wisden – Ten wickets in an innings, all bowled
The only bowler in the history of cricket to bowl out all ten batsmen was John Wisden. He was also one of the smallest fast bowlers to play the game.
He attained the remarkable feat in the North vs South game held at Lord’s in 1850.
Shoaib Akhtar – Fastest to deliver a cricket ball
Former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar was known for his electrifying pace who had the ability to bowl invariably at 150 kmph. In the year 2003, Akhtar imprinted his name in ‘Guinness book of world records’ when he bowled the fastest delivery in cricket history.
During the 2003 World Cup, Akhtar bowled at 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph) which is still the quickest delivery in world cricket.
Most ODI matches as a captain in Women’s Cricket
Belinda Clark, former Australia captain, who was the first player, male or female, to strike a double-century in one-day internationals holds a massive record to her name.
She is the owner of the record, which says the most number of ODI matches as a captain and the most One Day International cricket matches played as captain by an individual female cricketer is 101.