Most 50 plus scores in a calendar year by batsmen
Updated - Dec 19, 2014 7:45 am
Most 50 plus scores in a calendar year by batsmen: Batsmen score runs and convert them into milestones. Scoring a 50 in international cricket is indeed a milestone and scoring consecutives on the trot is another bigger achievement. This represents the purple patch of a batsman – A period of excellent performance, where nearly everything seems to go right, work properly, and contrasting with a more general lower level of performance. You score more freely, you are more confident, your every stroke pays off, home and away conditions do not necessarily make a difference and you are on peak of excellence.
Consistency is the main factor determining a batsman’s purple patch. Bowlers are rated on the basis of the wickets they take; similarly batsmen are rated on the basis of runs they score. Plus, how often they convert their 30s and 40s into 50s and even bigger – the hundreds.
Kumar Sangakkara has been in such great form in 2014 that he has scored over 25 fifty-plus scores this year, breaking the record of “Most 50+ scores in a calendar year” set by Ricky Ponting in 2005.
CricTracker has compiled a list of batsmen who scored Most 50+ scores in all formats of the game, the player with the highest in total are rated first:
|Kumar Sangakkara||Sri Lanka||2014||25||12||12||1|
|Sanath Jayasuriya||Sri Lanka||1997||22||10||12||–|
|Kumar Sangakkara||Sri Lanka||2009||22||9||8||5|
|Kumar Sangakkara||Sri Lanka||2006||21||8||13||–|
|Aarivinda de Silva||Sri Lanka||1997||20||9||11||–|
|Gary Kirsten||South Africa||2000||20||5||15||–|
Not just in 2014, Kumar Sangakkara has scored 50+ in a calendar year in two other calendar years, 22 in 2009 and 21 in 2006. No other player has been as consistent as Kumar Sangakkara except Sachin Tendulkar who registered 20 in 1998 and then 22 in 2007.
*All stats updated till 19th December 2014.