One cannot deny that cricket is one of the most followed sports in the world. However, the game changed after introducing the T20 format in the cricket world. Because of this format, more and more players got the chance to play. The players worked hard, which led them to reach their peak. Until now, cricket has been immersed with many new rules, scores, records, players, teams, and strategies. However, few cricketers were able to crack the records and beat them, but there are still few records set by cricketers which are rigid like ice, and no other cricketer has been able to break them. These records are printed in the "The Guinness Book of World Records." This article will introduce you to the Top 10 cricketers who have set world records.
1. Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar is a former Pakistani cricketer and a commentator widely known for his swift bowling speed. He can knock down batsmen by bowling at 150 km/hr. The bowler manages to scare any batsmen with his long-run, aggressive body language and athletic body. Hence, it's no surprise that the bowler set a world record in the World Cup of 2003 and got his name enlisted in the "Guinness Book of World Records" when he bowled at 161.3km/h, which is the fastest bowling speed to date.
2. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar, a former Indian Cricketer, popularly known as the God of Cricket, has set numerous records and examples for the upcoming cricketers. Sachin was also called a run machine. He was known as a master blaster as he set huge international career records. He is the only cricketer with the most number of runs in ODI's, which is 18,426. Sachin Tendulkar has scored 29 centuries out of 51 matches for international cricket in test matches. Sachin has played many World cup matches and managed to bag cups for the country.
3. Anthony McMahon
Anthony McMahon, a cricketer from Durham, stroked six sixes in an over. This record remains unbroken to date. In cricket, an over has six legal balls, and if you score in each ball, the maximum number of runs you can slash is 36. Anthony McMahon was only 13 years old when he was playing for Chester-le- Street under 13's in 2003. However, the batsman managed to hit back-to-back sixes in a row, scored 36 runs in an over, and made a place for himself in the "Guinness Book of World Records" successfully.
4. M S Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an International Cricketer who plays for India. Surprisingly, the reason behind his name being printed in the "Guinness Book of World Records" is quite crazy. In 2011, India was playing a match for the World Cup against Sri Lanka. Dhoni smashed the winning shot with his bat. The victory brought a World Cup Trophy for the country after 28 years. The bat was auctioned for $161,295 (£100,000), making it the most expensive cricket bat sold. R K Global Sharers and Security Ltd (India) purchased the bat at Dhoni's "East Meets West' charity dinner on July 18, 2011.
5. Jos Butler
Joseph Charles Butler, an international cricketer from England, acquired his name in the "Guinness Book of World Records" for his cricket Jersey. Don't worry; you read it right! Jos Butler wanted to raise funds for the Harefield's and Royal Brompton Hospitals. So, the cricketer decided to sell his cricket jersey at an online auction. Finally, the jersey was sold on eBay for $80,157 (£65,100) on April 8, 2020. The auction had attracted 82 bids. The cricketer used the money for relief camps after the outbreak of Covid-19.
6. Alyssa Healy
Alyssa Healy, an Australian Cricketer, plays for the country's national team. The cricketer occupied a page in the "Guinness Book of World Records" with the title of the highest catch of a cricket ball. At the Melbourne cricket ground, Alyssa Healy grabbed the ball, which lowered from 80m from the drone.
7. John Wisden
John Wisden imprinted his name in the "Guinness Book of World Records" in the North vs. South game held at Lord's in 1850. The bowler created a remarkable history in the world of cricket by knocking out all ten batsmen. The special note about the performance was that the bowler stumped out every batsman. This record is still unbeaten by any bowler from the world of cricket.
8. Shannon Gabriel
Shannon Gabriel, an international cricketer from the West Indies team, was the first player to bat at No.12 during the second test match against India. He was replaced from his usual number 11 position because of his teammate Jermaine Blackwood. Surprisingly, Gabriel had to face only one ball before the West Indies suffered a run defeat of 257. The event took place at Sabina Park, Kingston in Jamaica, scheduled from August 30 to September 2, 2019.
9. Osman Goker
Osman Goker enlisted his name in the "Guinness Book of World Records" after making a debut in international Cricket for Turkey on August 29, 2019. The cricketer was 59 years old back then, and he played a match against Romania on Vlasiei Cricket Ground, Ilfov County, to win the Romania Cup. The cricketer broke the record of Botswana's James Moses, who also debuted for the international cricket against Uganda on May 20, 2019. James Moses was 53, whereas Osman was 59.
10. Virag Mare
Virag Mare is not a famous name for cricket, yet he managed to imprint his name in the "Guinness Book of World Records." Virag Mare owned a vada pav stall to earn money. He decided to jump into cricket and surprisingly created a world record. Mare was aged 24 in 2015 when he enlisted his name in the book. The cricketer batted for 50 hours, 5 minutes, and 51 seconds. It is the longest individual net session performed thus far. He accomplished this remarkable record at Mahalaxmi lawns in Karve Nagar Pune. Mare batted for 3 days and 20 nights, facing 2,447 overs continuously, that is 14,682 balls from bowlers and bowling machines.