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100

The number of ODI matches played by David Miller of South Africa without ever playing a Test match. At present, he is only the second batsman in ODI history to appear in 100 or more matches without playing a Test, after Kieron Pollard (West Indies), who has so far appeared in 101 ODIs.

See the list below for details:

Players with most ODIs without playing in Tests

ODIsPlayerForSpan
101Kieron PollardWest Indies2007-2016
100David MillerSouth Africa2010-2017
85Aaron FinchAustralia2013-2017
84James HopesAustralia2005-2010
84Nathan McCullumNew Zealand2009-2015

Note: The above list is for players from Test nations only. Otherwise, Kenya’s Thomas Odoyo has appeared in most ODIs (136) without playing in Tests.

154

The number of innings taken by Hashim Amla of South Africa to reach his 26th ODI century. He is the fifth batsman in ODI history to register 26 or more centuries, after Sachin Tendulkar (49), Ricky Ponting and Virat Kohli (30 each) and Sanath Jayasuriya (28). However, Amla is by far the quickest to reach this career landmark in fewest innings.

The table below has all the details:

Fewest innings to reach 26 ODI 100

Inns

Mts

Batsman

For

Achieved on

Age then

50s

154

157

Hashim Amla

South Africa

15 Oct 2017

34y-198d

33

166

174

Virat Kohli

India

23 Oct 2016

27y-353d

37

247

254

Sachin Tendulkar

India

20 Oct 2000

27y-179d

48

286

295

Ricky Ponting

Australia

24 Feb 2008

33y-67d

63

402

414

Sanath Jayasuriya

Sri Lanka

30 Jun 2008

39y-0d

65

Note: Tendulkar (above) is the youngest to achieve this landmark among the five batsmen listed above.

282

South Africa’s total without loss while chasing Bangladesh’s 278 for 7 at Kimberley. This is now the highest total in ODI history by a side successfully chasing a target without losing any wicket.

The table below lists all the top instances:

Highest totals batting second in a 10-wicket victory in ODIs

Total

By

Team batting 1st

Total batting 1

Venue

Date

282/0

South Africa

Bangladesh

278/7

Kimberley

15 Oct 2017

256/0

England

Sri Lanka

254/7

Birmingham

24 Jun 2016

236/0

New Zealand

Zimbabwe

235/9

Harare

4 Aug 2015

231/0

Sri Lanka

England

229/6

Colombo RPS

26 Mar 2011

228/0

Pakistan

Zimbabwe

225/6

Harare

11 Sep 2011

 

33

The number of innings taken by Babar Azam of Pakistan to reach his seventh ODI century. He became the 73rd batsman (and the 12th from Pakistan) in ODI cricket to register seven or more centuries. However, Babar Azam is by far the quickest to reach this career landmark in fewest innings.

The table below has all the details:

Fewest innings to reach 7th ODI 100

Inns

Mts

Batsman

For

Achieved on

Age then

50s

33

33

Babar Azam

Pakistan

16 Oct 2017

23y-1d

6

41

42

Hashim Amla

South Africa

23 Jan 2011

27y-298d

12

42

42

Zaheer Abbas

Pakistan

20 Jun 1983

35y-331d

8

50

50

Quinton de Kock

South Africa

18 Oct 2015

22y-305d

5

52

52

Gary Kirsten

South Africa

19 Oct 1996

28y-331d

10

52

52

Salman Butt

Pakistan

14 Jun 2008

23y-251d

8

Note: de Kock (above) is the youngest to achieve this landmark among the 73 batsmen.

This week in 1976

October 31

At 19 years and 141 days, Pakistan’s Javed Miandad became the youngest to score a double century in Test history. He scored 206 against New Zealand in Karachi. Miandad still remains the only teenager to do so!

 

Queries Corner

Which batsman has scored the maximum ODI centuries without having a score in the 90s?

Shiv Raman, Chennai

That distinction goes to Sri Lankan Upul Tharanga, who has 15 ODI centuries to his credit without a single score in the 90s. His highest without making a three-figure score in ODIs is the unbeaten 86 he made against Australia in Sydney on November 5, 2010, when he was unlucky to miss out on a hundred because rain interrupted Sri Lanka’s innings.

Recently, Himachal Pradesh’s Prashant Chopra scored a triple century on his birthday. Is this a first in the Ranji Trophy?

— Rahul Badhani, Jaipur

Prashant Chopra, who became the first Himachal Pradesh batsman to score a triple century (338 against Punjab in Dharamsala) on October 7, did so on his 25th birthday. He, thus, became only the second batsman in Ranji Trophy history after Raman Lamba to achieve this rare landmark. Lamba scored his triple century (312) on his 35th birthday for Delhi against Himachal Pradesh at the Feroz Shah Kotla, on January 2, 1995.

Have there been any instances of a side losing a Test match after not enforcing the follow-on when they had the chance to do so?

— Nitin Sapru, Mumbai

It has happened only once, at Kingsmead, Durban, in January 1950. South Africa, after making 311, dismissed Australia for a paltry 75 in just 28.4 overs (8-ball). Despite a lead of 236 runs, South Africa batted again, only to be dismissed for 99 in 46.2 overs. Set a target of 336, the visitors romped to a five-wicket victory.

Is Rangana Herath the first Test bowler to claim 100 wickets in the fourth innings of a Test match?

— Sunder Rao, Bangalore

He is in fact the fourth bowler to do so after Shane Warne (138), Muttiah Muralitharan (106) and Glenn McGrath (103). Herath now has 102 fourth innings wickets to his credit.

How often in ODIs have Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli been involved in running out each other? And what has been the result of the match?

— Aashish Mitra, Mumbai

They have been involved together in six run-outs in ODIs, with Kohli being unlucky on four occasions, while Rohit Sharma on two. India won three and lost three. The details are given below:

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Note: All figures above are updated as on 21 Oct. 2017

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