From Incredible scores and jaw-dropping wicket tallies to ridiculous team totals, here are five records from the game of cricket that are unlikely to be ever surpassed.
Most centuries in a career
Sir Jack Hobbs was one of the game’s greatest batsmen from an era gone by, scoring more than 61,760 first-class runs in a career that spanned over 834 matches and 28 years. It’s a ridiculous number, and there just isn’t enough competitive cricket for this tally to be surpassed by today’s batsmen. Also, 199 centuries – absolutely no chance.
Best figures in a match
Anil Kumble might have taken ten wickets in an innings, but that comes nowhere close to Jim Laker’s magical tally of 19 wickets in one game, ripping Australia apart in 1956. He captured the wickets with his off-spin and gave away just 90 runs across both innings combined.
Most international wickets
Muttiah Muralitharan was a colossal figure in Sri Lanka cricket, but his global impact is far greater. One of the greatest spinners of all time, Murali snared 1347 wickets in his international career, a number that is unlikely to be surpassed, despite the addition of the T20I format in the modern era.
Most runs in a Test
Sri Lanka’s 952-6 against India, in 1997, is a world record that promises to stay put for eternity. Tonking a hapless Indian attack from the top was Sanath Jayasuriya, who made 340. Given the nature of today’s game, it’s unlikely that teams will bat as long as Sri Lanka did in Colombo.
Best Test average
Donald Bradman’s famed batting average of 99.94 has had no challengers in the past, and is unlikely to have any parallel in the future, considering his single-handed domination over world cricket in the 1930s and 1940s. It’s astonishing that he ended with that figure after playing as many as 70 Tests.