On that note, let us take a look at the unbreakable records in international cricket history:
Sachin Tendulkar’s 34357 runs & 100 centuries
Sachin Tendulkar has achieved almost everything possible in the game of cricket in the capacity of a batsman. The volume of runs he has amassed over his cricketing career is a dream for others to touch.
A batsman of supreme quality, Tendulkar’s frontfoot drives are a treat to the eyes. His record of 100 centuries over his 24-year career is not only a far-fetched dream but an impossible task. Although Virat Kohli has shown signs but there is only one Sachin Tendulkar the cricketing world has ever had, and there will be only one.
Sir Don Bradman’s average of 99.94
Sir Don Bradman’s staggering average of 99.94 looks unreal after playing a 50-odd Test matches. He is arguably the greatest batsman in the history of cricket who has served Australia during 1930-40s.
Meanwhile, he has lost eight years of his prime time due to World War II and despite that having an average of 99.94 makes him a cricketer from a different planet. The record is intact for 55 years now, and it is likely to be for more than 100+ years.
Rohit Sharma’s 264 in ODIs
Rohit Sharma is the only player in the history of ODI cricket to score three double hundreds. There was a time when targets above 250 were considered to be safe. But a shift in the paradigm in favour of the batsmen have made 350+ scores not safe.
The Indian opener took the cricketing world in surprise when he scored 264 runs against Sri Lanka including 33 fours and nine towering sixes. He overtook his countrymen Virender Sehwag’s 219 to be the highest score in ODI cricket.
AB de Villiers’s 100 runs in 31 balls
AB de Villiers is one of the greatest cricketers to have graced South African cricket. His ability to play shots all over the park and score runs really quick makes him one of the best.
De Villiers has been a treat to watch, but his 149 off 44 balls against Windies will be in the heart of the cricket lovers for a very long time. In that process, the former South African broke the record for the fastest ODI fifty and hundred. Meanwhile, de Villiers surprised the world when he announced his retirement last year in May.
Jim Laker’s 19 wickets in a test
Taking a ten-wicket haul in Test cricket is a very big achievement, and when someone picks 19 wickets out of 20, it has to be the rarest of the rare accomplishments. Jim Laker impressed the whole world when he took 19 wickets against Australia at Old Trafford during an Ashes series in 1956.
There is an excellent saying that records are meant to be broken, but this one record will be intact for a very very long time.
Lasith Malinga’s four wickets in 4 balls
Lasith Malinga has made a name for himself in the limited overs cricket. With his side-arm action and variations up his sleeves, he is one of the best in the business. Picking hattrick itself is a tough job, and Malinga stunned everybody when he picked a double-hattrick against South Africa in a World Cup game.
His scalps included Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall, Jacques Kallis and Makhaya Ntini. Sri Lanka have cherished Malinga’s services over the years and will hope their veteran cricketer to be at his best during the upcoming ICC World Cup.
Muralitharan’s 1347 wickets
Muttiah Muralitharan is the best off-spinner to play the game of cricket. He has served Sri Lanka cricket for many years at his personal best.
Muralitharan finished his career with 1347 wickets across formats which are by far the best by any bowler. He also bid goodbye as the highest ODI and Test wicket-taker with 534 and 800 wickets respectively. With the game making a shift in favour of the batsmen, it is unlikely that any bowler will ever break this record.
Yuvraj Singh’s 50 runs in 12 balls
Yuvraj Singh – one of the bravest Indian cricketers has had a tough ride in his career. He holds a recover which will be a dream for every batsman to better. Batters take some time initially to settle before launching a carnage which makes it evident that this record will stay intact for a long time.
Yuvraj Singh’s scored a 12-ball 50 during the 2007 T20 World Cup against England is the best across the format. He ran sixes in that game to single-handedly take India to overhaul the England target.
Brian Lara’s 400* vs England
Only a very few can compete with Brian Lara‘s calibre when it comes to Test cricket. His incredible technique and to adjust with different situations made him stand among the best.
Lara was well-known for his big knocks be it 375 or 400* at international level and 501* in domestic cricket. After Matthew Hayden broke his 375-run record against Zimbabwe, it took just six months for Lara to reclaim his record vs England which seems to be unbreakable for many years to come.
Jacques Kallis’ 25534 runs & 577 wickets
Jacques Kallis – a modern day legend can walk into any team will either of the skills. Opening the batting to bowling at a speed of over 140kph to fielding at the slips, there are very few things which Kallis can’t do.
He has been a great servant of South Africa cricket, and his records speak a volume for him. Kallis has won many games for South Africa across the formats, and the Proteas are yet a find a replacement. Moreover, he is an inspiration to all the young all-rounders over the globe.