10 ODI records that may never be broken
The series of ODI records began when the concept of the World Cup was introduced.
Updated - Jan 5, 2021 3:42 pm
The world of cricket has witnessed amazing instances that have left a mark on sporting society. Be it Don Bradman’s average of 99.9, or Sachin Tendulkar’s hundred international hundreds, the cricketing legends have always left a mark for the upcoming generation to follow. While Test cricket seemed a tougher format, ODI cricket started some sort of self-confidence amongst players, to do the impossible.
When Saeed Anwar scored 193 in an ODI inning, people started to believe that a double hundred in an ODI inning is possible. As a result, there are ten scores of over two hundred in an ODI inning. But some records seem to be impossible to break. Rather, we can claim that the live spectators were lucky enough to witness a “Once in a lifetime moment.”
The series of ODI records began when the concept of the World Cup was introduced. The first edition of the tournament was a huge success, and it laid the foundation for revenue through advertisement and attention. This led to an increase in competition amongst the players and Test-playing nations, as they were looking to establish their dominance in the shorter format of the game.
Here are some records in ODI cricket that may never be broken:
1. Sachin Tendulkar’s highest number of Player-of-the-match awards
It is of no doubt that this list will be incomplete without mentioning Sachin Tendulkar. Widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Sachin Tendulkar is the owner of most of the records when it comes to the batting genre. While the present Indian ODI captain Virat Kohli is the prime contender to overtake Sachin as the highest run-scorer in the shorter format of the game, some of the records held by Sachin seem unbreakable.
Sachin’s cricketing career spanned over twenty-six years and one day. Well, if we consider his international career, it was about 24 years from 15 November 1989 to 16 November 2013. During his career, he won over sixty-two Player-of-the-match awards. Adding on, he had won a Player-of-the-match award against every Test playing nation!
While some of the awards came in losing cause, his performances in ODI cricket have been spectacular. The second-best tally in this category is 48 Man-of-the-Match awards by Sanath Jayasuriya. Presently, Virat Kohli’s 36 Player-of-the-Match awards do not seem to overtake Sachin’s anytime soon. Therefore, Sachin’s record of 62 awards makes it to the 10 ODI records that may never be broken.