10 Cricketers who missed a record despite achieving everything in their career

Even for the greatest of greats, achieving everything is perhaps impossible.

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Once there was a teacher who asked her students “What is this?” and showed a blank white paper with a small black dot on it. The students had various answers, “Blackhole, Ink, a dot, a full-stop, a scar, a ball.” From science to English grammar, there were many answers coming from different ranges, but none of them were right.

When the students had finally given up, the teacher’s breathtaking reply left everyone gobsmacked. “It is a white paper. Just because there’s a dot in it, doesn’t take away it’s true identity right?” Said the teacher, throwing light on the mistake most humans do in their daily life. We focus so much on the smaller things and sometimes fail to identify the bigger picture.

A lot of cricketers were in the spotlight for such reasons in the past. Despite achieving many things than most could ever imagine, the one odd record they missed was always highlighted like that black dot in the white paper. Here are some of those metaphorical dots in some legendary cricketers’ careers which the fraternity hasn’t forgotten yet.

1. Sir Don Bradman – Average of 100 in Test cricket

Don Bradman in 1930. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Without a debate, Sir Donald Bradman not getting to the elusive 100 average mark in Test cricket will be a talking point as long as the game exists. After he was dismissed for a 2-ball duck in the final innings of his career, Bradman finished with an average of 99.94, a record which still remains intact with no one even remotely close.

Bradman had given so many unforgettable moments in his illustrious career for the Australian side, most of which came against arch-rivals England. He scored 6,996 runs alongside 29 centuries (which includes 12 double tons and 2 triple tons) and was a nightmare for every bowler of that generation. Even in First-class cricket, he averaged more than 95, another one of his indelible records.

Yet, the 100 he never achieved was a huge miss in the minds of many. Whilst a lot think so, some people see it with poetic beauty and glare at how beautifully underrated is this word named “Imperfection”. Despite not getting there, Sir Don will forever remain as cricket’s most prolific run-getter of all time.


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