Memorable Innings Played by Cricket Legends

Memorable Innings Played by Cricket Legends

The modern Era of crickets demands high voltage matches which comprises many match-winning performances both with bat as well as with bowl. Over the years the fans have been treated with some mouthwatering performances with bat from some of the big names who have played the game of cricket and these performances have certainly been registered in the minds of fans as memorable events.

Speaking of these performances let us now look at five of the such stupendous performances which have been inked in fans’ memory;

Top 5 memorable innings played by cricket legends:

Herschelle Gibbs’ 175 against Australia:

Herschelle Gibbs

On March 12, 2006, at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, one of the most well-known ODIs in history was played. Ricky Ponting, the captain, scored 164 runs off 105 balls to lead Australia to a World Record score of 434 for 4 in 50 overs. In an effort to break a record, South Africa lost their opener Boeta Dippenaar right away, and then came Herschelle Gibbs at position 3. Gibbs and Graeme Smith put up an incredible 187-run partnership that completely shut down the Australian bowlers.

After scoring an astounding 175 from 111 deliveries, which consisted of 21 boundaries and 7 sixes, Gibbs was bowled out by Andrew Symonds. After that, the wickets began to fall very frequently, but Mark Boucher, together with crucial contributions from Van Der Wath along with Justin Kemp, and Roger Telemachus, enabled South Africa to do the job with one wicket and just one ball left.

Brian Lara’s 400 in the Test match against England:

Brian Lara

Records are meant to be broken but one record which will be very hard to break is Brian Lara’s 400 in an inning against England. On April 12 in the year 2004, West Indies legendary batter Brian Charles Lara became the first man ever to score a mammoth individual score of 400 not out against England at the Antigua Recreation Ground in St John’s.

The West Indian side were reeling in that series against the mighty England but this is what makes this innings from Lara so very special. The prince of Trinidad as he is often called just batted, batted, and batted along with the kept on smashing the English bowlers all over the park. The star left-hand batter hardly put a foot wrong in that inning. In fact, it will be very tough to get past this batting masterclass record.

Sachin Tendulkar’s 200 in ODI vs South Africa:

Sachin Tendulkar

A record-breaking day occurred on February 24, 2010, not just for Team India but for the entire cricketing community. At the second One-Day International, played at Gwalior between India and South Africa, Sachin Tendulkar made history.

India scored a staggering 401 for 3 in their 50 overs when batting first, with the help of their captain MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, as well as Yusuf Pathan. Nevertheless, Sachin Tendulkar was the star of the show. Sachin scored exactly 200* runs off just 147 balls in an innings which consisted of 25 fours as well as 3 big sixes. In doing so, Sachin also became the first player in the history of the game to achieve the feat of 200 runs in a One Day International match.

Rohit Sharma’s 264 in the ODI against Sri Lanka:

Rohit Sharma

On 13 November 2014 at the iconic Eden Gardens, he created another extraordinary record. It was the 4th ODI versus Sri Lanka. Rohit strolled back for a remarkable 264 runs on 173 balls, giving the Kolkata audience a once-in-a-lifetime inning to remember.
This masterclass inning from the batting maestro included 33 fours and 9 enormous sixes. India scored 404 for 5 in 50 overs and appeared to be going on to victory. As a result of the bowlers’ hard work, Sri Lanka was bowled out in just 43.1 overs. Because of his exceptional inning, Rohit scored more runs (264) than the entire Sri Lankan team (251) for the evening.

Kapil Dev’s 175 against Zimbabwe in World Cup 1983:

Kapil Dev

Last but not least, Kapil Dev played what is perhaps the best ODI inning ever. India was struggling at 17 for 5 in a vital World Cup match against Zimbabwe in Tunbridge Well. The Numbers 3, 4, and 5 of the Indian batting lineup narrowly managed to score runs after both of the openers were thrown out for ducks. The captain, Kapil Dev, was batting at position six.

Additionally, he appeared to be batting on a whole different deck. His strategy of counterattacking the Zimbabwe bowlers proved devastating.

India were reeling at 78 for 7, and Kapil lost a few more partners as a result. While Kapil was in attack mode, Madan Lal gave competent support. Before Lal was fired, India had reached 140, and the two had developed a fruitful collaboration. Syed Kirmani, who was ranked 10, offered Kapil Dev excellent support. As Kapil Dev continued to score an astounding 175 runs off 138 deliveries, they put together a solid unbroken partnership of 126 runs. His extraordinary innings, which saw India post a more than respectable total of 266 for 8 in 60 overs, featured 16 fours and 6 massive sixes.

According to many, this was the inning that sparked self-belief in the Indian camp and encouraged them to win the 1983 edition of the Cricket World Cup

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