Interesting Cricket Stats That Will Keep You Highly Entertained

Online cricket betting is fun and a good way to try and make some extra money, but another thing that is fun about cricket is looking at statistics. It is fair to say that no other sport out there is as statistical as cricket. If you are the type of cricket fan that loves to look at fascinating statistics, you are in luck as we are about to provide you will all the stats you could ever need.

Most Test Runs Scored

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Test cricket is considered to be the pinnacle of a player's career. If a cricketer is a fantastic Test player, they will be remembered long after they have hung their cricketing gear up. Below we have provided you with a list of top five run scorers in Test cricket. These are some of the greatest players to have ever played this game that we love.

  1. Sachin Tendulkar: He played 200 matches for India from 1989 to 2013, and he scored an astonishing 15921 runs at an average of 53.78. He scored a staggering 51 centuries, with a top score of 248*
  2. Ricky Ponting: He played 168 matches for Australia from 1995 to 2012, and he amassed 13,378 runs at an average of 51.85. He scored an impressive 41 centuries and had a top score of 257
  3. Jacques Kallis: He played 166 Tests for South Africa from 1995 to 2013, and he scored 13,289 runs at an average of 55.37. He scored 45 centuries, with a top score of 224. I think it is safe to say that if he played as many games as Tendulkar did, he would be sitting at the top of the table
  4. Rahul Dravid: He played 164 matches for India from 1996 to 2012 and scored 13,288 runs at an average of 52.31. He scored 36 centuries over his test career and top scored with 270
  5. Alistair Cook: He played 161 matches for England from 2006 to 2018, and he scored 12472 runs at an average of 45.35. He scored 33 centuries, and his top score was 294

Most Test Wickets Taken

There have been some fantastic Test bowlers down the years, bowlers that would give batsmen nightmares the night before a Test was due to start. Below we have provided you with five of the best test bowlers ever.

  1. Muttiah Muralitharan: He played 133 matches for Sri Lanka from 1992 to 2010, and he picked up a staggering 800 wickets at an average of 22.72. He picked up 22 ten-wicket hauls, with his best bowling figures in an innings being 9/51
  2. Shane Warne: He played 145 matches for Australia from 1992 to 2007, and he collected 708 scalps at an average of 25.41. He picked up 10 ten-wicket hauls, with his best bowling figures for one innings being 8/71
  3. Anil Kumble: He played 132 matches for India from 1990 to 2008, and he picked up 619 wickets at an average of 29.65. He has 8 ten-wicket hauls, and best bowling figures in an innings of 10/74. That is right, he once skittled a whole team out by himself
  4. James Anderson: He has played (he has not retired yet) 151 matches for England from 2003 to 2020, and he has picked up 584 wickets at an average of 26.83. He has 3 ten-wicket hauls, with his best bowling figures for an innings being 7/42
  5. Glenn McGrath: He played 124 matches for Australia from 1993 to 2007, and he collected 563 wickets at a really impressive average of 21.64. Over his playing career he picked 3 ten-wicket hauls, with his best bowling figures for an innings being 8/24

Highest Totals in ODIs

Test cricket is the serious form of the sport, while one day cricket is considered by many to be more entertaining. This is because both teams have just 50 overs (300 balls) to score as many runs as possible. Therefore, the batsmen try to smash every ball out of the park, which makes for a lot of entertainment. Below we will take a look at the five highest team scores ever hit in an ODI match.

  • On the 19th June 2018, England smashed 481/6 from the 50 overs that they faced against Australia. This equates to an incredible 9.62 runs per over. They went on to bowl Australia out for 239 runs, meaning that they won the game by a whopping 242 runs. Alex Hales top scored in this match with a score of 147 from 92 balls
  • On the 30th August 2016, England hit 444/3 in a match against Pakistan. They scored at an average of 8.88 runs per over. They went on to bowl Pakistan out for 275 runs, which means they won the match by 169 runs. Once again, Alex Hales top scored in this innings with a score of 171 from 122 balls
  • On the 4th July 2006, Sri Lanka hit 443 runs against the Netherlands, scoring an average of 8.86 runs per over. They went on to bowl the Dutch out for 248, meaning they won the game by 195 runs. Sanath Jayasuriya top scored with 157 runs from 104 balls
  • On the 18th January 2015, South Africa scored 439 against the West Indies, scoring at 8.78 runs per over. The went on to bowl the West Indies out for 291, meaning that they won the game by 148 runs. AB de Villiers was the man of the match thanks to a staggering 149 runs from 44 balls

Lowest Totals in ODIs

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Sometimes though ODI games can be over quite quickly as some teams capitulate. It is just the nature of the format though. If you are going to go in search for quick runs, sometimes if can pay off, while other times it will fail spectacularly. Below we will have a look at some of the lowest totals ever scored in an ODI match.

  • On the 25th April 2004, Zimbabwe were bowled out by Sri Lanka for 35 runs with just 18 overs on the board. Chaminda Vaas was the man of the match as he picked up 4 wickets for just 11 runs from the 9 overs that he bowled
  • On the 12th February 2020, USA were bowled out by Nepal for 35 runs after having faced just 12 overs. Sandeep Lamichhane was the man of the match as he picked up 6 wickets for 16 runs from just 6 overs
  • On the 19th February 2003, Canada were bowled out by Sri Lanka for 36 runs inside 19 overs. Prabath Nissanka was the man of the match as he collected 4 wickets for just 12 runs from the 7 overs that he bowled
  • On the 8th December 2001, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 38 runs by Sri Lanka with just 15.4 overs having been bowled. Chaminda Vaas was the man of the match thanks to his 8 wickets for 19 runs from the 8 overs that he bowled

The Most Catches Throughout Their Career

In cricket there is a saying that "catches win matches" and this could not be any truer. When you watch a cricket match, you will notice that whenever a player is dropped, most of the time they punish the fielding side by going on to score many more runs. Therefore, each team needs fielders that they can rely on, and you definitely do not get safer hands than the following players.

  1. Mahela Jayawardene played 448 ODI matches for Sri Lanka and he made 218 catches
  2. Ricky Ponting played 375 ODI games for Australia and he completed 160 catches
  3. Mohammad Azharuddin played 334 ODI matches for India and he helped to dismiss 156 batsmen
  4. Sachin Tendulkar played 463 ODI games for India and he completed 140 catches
  5. Ross Taylor has played 232 ODI innings for New Zealand and to date he has completed 139 catches
  6. Stephen Fleming played 280 ODI matches for New Zealand and he made 133 catches

Highest Partnerships in Test Cricket

Partnerships are important in any form of cricket. The better the partnership, the more likely it is that your team is going to have a very good score come the end of the innings. Below we will look at some of the biggest partnerships that have ever been seen in Test cricket.

  • On the 27th July 2006, Kumar Sangakara and Mahela Jayawardene put on a staggering 624 runs for Sri Lanka's third wicket when playing South Africa
  • On the 2nd August 1997, Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama put on 576 runs for Sri Lanka's second wicket when playing against India
  • On the 31st January 1991, Andrew Jones and Martin Crowe put on 467 runs for New Zealand's third wicket when playing against Sri Lanka
  • On the 18th August 1934, William Ponsford and Donald Bradman put on 451 runs for the second wicket when playing against England
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