Cricket is a game with a long history. Even if we jog our memory, not many of us will know when the first international match was played? Most of you will say, it was between England and Australia in 1877, which is absolutely wrong.
The first ever international match was played between United States of America and Canada on 24 September in 1844 at Bloomingdale park in Manhattan because this was the first ever sporting battle of any kind involving rivals across the international borders.
However, the first ever Test match was actually staged in 1877 between Australia and England at Melbourne and, from there on to this day, many players have created and broken numerous records in international cricket. But some records are just meant to be unbroken forever.
So after taking a wander through the annuls of cricket, here are five records that are unlikely to be broken…ever.
5- Sir Jack Hobbs’ 199 centuries
The legendary Sir John Berry ‘Jack’ Hobbs is one of England’s greatest ever batsmen and also the most prolific run-scorer in the history of the sport. In an epic career that started in 1905 and finished in 1934, the man known as “The Master” scored over 60,000 runs, which included 199 centuries (another record).
He also scored 18 Test centuries for England, and his most notable Test innings was his knock of 211 against South Africa in 1924. Another thing that he’s famous for is his opening partnership with Herbert Sutcliffe; together, they had opened the batting 38 times in Tests, shared 15 century opening partnerships, and added 3,249 runs together at an average of 87.81, which is the highest ever in Tests for a pair of opening batsmen.
There just aren’t enough games these days to get near those levels, so these records will last until the end of time.
4- Wilfred Rhodes retirement at the age of 52
The legendary English all-rounder Wilfred Rhodes could have a hat-trick of unbreakable records. However, given that the sheer volume of first-class cricket is nowhere near what players used to play, just one record will do for the sake of variation in this list.
The Yorkshireman, who famously started at the bottom of the England batting line-up and finished as opener, is the oldest man, at the ripe old age of 52 years and 165 days, to ever play Test cricket. In the modern era, with players often finished by their mid-thirties, this record won’t be broken.
Rhodes’ two other statistical milestones that are unlikely to be broken are the most first-class games played (1,110) and the most first-class wickets taken (over 4,000).
3- Sachin Tendulkar’s 100 international centuries
Cricket and Sachin Tendulkar in India are synonymous and this record is unlikely to be broken for a long time. Sachin scored 100 centuries in his 23-year career. These included 51 centuries in Test matches and 49 in ODIs. He also finished with a mammoth 34,348 international runs.
It will certainly take a supernatural effort from an exceptional player to break this record.
2- Jim Laker’s match figures of 19/90
Every few years a bowler has a freak match and runs through the opposition team to take every single wicket which falls in that innings. To do it twice in the same game seems almost unbelievable. But that’s almost what Jim Laker did against Australia in 1956 at Old Trafford.
After collecting a more-than-useful nine wickets for 37 in the first innings, the off-spinner went one better in the second effort by taking 10 for 53. Despite missing out on a perfect return, Laker’s colossal match figures of 19 for 90 surely won’t ever be beaten.
1- Sir Don Bradman’s average of 99.94
The story about Sir Donald Bradman’s last innings is the stuff of cricketing legend. After a prolific career, the Australian legend needed to score just four runs to finish with a sensational Test average of over 100.
He was bowled for a duck and finished on 99.94, which despite being a minor numerical disappointment, is by far the highest that has ever been achieved. Bradman’s talent has simply made him a statistical anomaly that will never be topped by anyone who plays a significant quantity of games.