In any game format, scoring a century is the most significant milestone for a batsman. Every young batter who aims to represent their country at the highest level dreams of scoring a century for the nation. But the pressure when a batter touches the 90-run mark is immense. This term is also referred to as "Nervous Nineties". That pressure of 90 to 100 runs can make any batter in the world feel pressure. A lot of batters have lost their wickets due to this pressure.
1. Rohit Sharma – 5 Times
Rohit Sharma is the present Indian cricket team captain. Considered one of the best batsmen in current times, Rohit is an aggressive opener who gives India a perfect start in powerplays. Rohit also has the highest individual score in ODI cricket, 264 against Sri Lanka. Rohit also leads the IPL team, Mumbai Indians. He has 44 centuries in his cricket career. Unfortunately, Rohit has been a victim of nervous nineties five times in ODI cricket.
2. MS Dhoni – 5 Times
MS Dhoni is a name that has an intense fanbase all over India. Dhoni is considered the most excellent captain of the Indian Cricket team. Dhoni led India to win the 2011 Cricket World Cup, thus making India win after 28 long years. Dhoni is also a great finisher. Although Dhoni batted at a low position, he has also been part of the nervous nineties. He got dismissed 5 times in the 90s.
3. Sourav Ganguly – 6 Times
Sourav Ganguly, also known as Dada, is a former captain of the Indian Cricket team. He is also known as one of India's most successful cricket captains. Ganguly was also a highly skilled batsman, known for his elegant stroke play and ability to score runs quickly. Ganguly has scored 11363 runs in his ODI career, which stands in ninth position in the world for most runs in ODI matches. He has 22 centuries in ODI cricket. But he has been unfortunate as he got dismissed six times in the 90s in ODI cricket.
4. Rishabh Pant – 6 Times
Rishabh Pant is an Indian cricketer who is known for his explosive batting style and wicket-keeping skills. Pant has been praised for his ability to score quickly and his impressive performances in high-pressure situations. Pant is also the captain of the IPL team, Delhi Capitals. Pant is an aggressive middle-order batsman who has frequently proven himself to be a great contender at number 5. In 2022, Pant was involved in a near-fatal car crash near Roorkee. He is currently recovering from his injuries and away from cricket. Pat has scored five centuries in Test cricket, but he has also been a part of Nervous Nineties six times.
5. Virat Kohli – 6 Times
Virat Kohli is considered one of the greatest cricketers of all time. Name any records; Virat would always be present in the list. Virat is also considered the best test captain ever for Team India. Virat has over 25,000 runs in all formats of cricket. He also has 77 centuries in his career, making him second in the list of most centuries by a cricketer. Although he is such a great and classy player, he has also been a victim of nervous nineties. He has been dismissed six times in his career.
6. Mohammed Azharuddin – 7 Times
Mohammed Azharuddin is a former captain of the Indian cricket team. Azharuddin was a much more aggressive batsman than others at his time. Azharuddin never lost any series in India as captain. Azharuddin has 29 centuries in his career. He was also part of the Nervous Nineties 7 times.
7. Shikhar Dhawan – 7 Times
Shikhar Dhawan is an explosive left-arm opener. Dhawan is a very dependable batsman in tests as well as ODI. He has scored over 10 thousand runs in his cricket career. Dhawan also scored a hundred on his test debut. He has 24 centuries in his career. But he has been unfortunate as he got dismissed seven times in the nervous nineties.
8. Rahul Dravid – 10 Times
Rahul Dravid is one of the most respected Indian batsmen purely for his batting exploits in overseas conditions. He used to play ball exceptionally late and was considered to be technically very good. He won many matches for India in alien conditions. Although Dravid ended his career with 36 test centuries, he used to struggle to go past the 90s. By the time he ended his career, he had got out ten times in the 90s.
9. Virender Sehwag – 11 Times
Sehwag defied all experts' opinions with his technique and approach towards test batting. He was 'see the ball, hit the ball'. Sehwag scored 23 test centuries in total, and often, he used to reach a hundred in his style – with a six. Despite not having an iota of nervousness in his system, he got out five times in the test and six times in ODI cricket in the 90s.
10. Sachin Tendulkar – 28 Times
Sachin Tendulkar is widely regarded as one of the greatest cricket players of all time. If you search for any batting records, you will find his name always at the top. In his 22-year-long incredible career, he has scored 34,357 runs in his career. Sachin has 100 centuries, the highest by any. But, he was also unfortunate that he also finished his career with his unwanted and unusual record. He was dismissed 28 times in his nineties. This shows that he would have hit 28 more centuries.