AB de Villiers took 31 balls to smash the fastest century in one-day internationals.
Pakistani skipper Misbah-ul-Haq unleashed carnage on Australia's bowlers to record the equal-fastest Test century (56 balls) and the fastest ever Test fifity (20 balls) in the 2nd Test in Abu Dhabi, Nov 2014.
Rookie Kiwi allrounder, Corey Anderson, smashed a 36-ball century to beat Shahid Afridi's 18 year old record for the fastest ever ODI century. Anderson ended up on 131 not out in 47 balls as New Zealand beat the West Indies in a rain shorted ODI in Queenstown, Jan 2014.
Chris Gayle, one of the cleanest strikers in modern cricket, set a new record for the fastest century in the history of professional cricket with an astonishing century off just 30 balls for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2013 Indian Premier League. How does Gayle’s feat compare with other rapid centuries?
Fittingly, it was skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who hit the winning six in the 2011 World Cup Final to herald India as champions in Mumbai. This video article captures the drama and incidents over the preceding six weeks to this moment as one of the most successful world cup editions of all time unfolded in the cricket mad sub-continent.
A hat-trick occurs when a bowler dismisses three batsmen with consecutive deliveries. Since the inception of the World Cup in 1975, there have only been 7 hat tricks taken by 6 bowlers.
Australian opener Phil Hughes tragically died in hospital after being hit in the head by a bouncer while playing for South Australia against his former side New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield at the SCG. Who is to blame? Do the laws of cricket have to be changed to prevent this from happening again? Alan Flook cautions against a knee jerk reaction.
Rohit Sharma has become the first man to hit 250 in a one-day international when he smashed 264 in the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka to beat the previous record of 219 made by fellow Indian Virender Sehwag against West Indies in 2011.
What are the sequence of events in the colourful and recent history of activities that has resulted in match-fixing? How are the players undermining the entire essence of cricket in an ever increasing frequency of scandals? This article lists out the timeline of match fixing, spot fixing and the related allegations that has tainted cricket.
Ever since England opener Andy Sandham stroked his way to 325 (640 balls, 28 fours) against the West Indies in the 4th Test of 1930 at Sabina Park, it has been a dream for batsman to crown their career by achieving a triple century in test cricket. Amongst the many greats of the game that did not record a triple are Sachin Tendulkar (Highest score 248 not out), Ricky Ponting (Highest score of 257), Rahul Dravid (Highest score 270) and Allan Border (Highest score 205) – this list comprises 4 of the top 5 run scorers in test cricket, with only Lara making a triple century.
Cricket’s law-makers are prone to act on controversial decisions such as the no balling of Steve Finn after he had dislodged the bails at the non-striker’s end during the England-South Africa series in 2012. But what are the impacts of these knee-jerk changes to the laws of cricket on club cricketers? Alan Flook examines this thorny issue from the perspective of those that play the game for recreation at the grass-roots.
The term ‘Match Fixing’ is used as a catch-all for a whole range of things and is usually an inaccurate term as the result of a match certainly isn’t always involved. It is likely to be a particular event, or series of events, within a match which are manipulated rather than an entire match. Are we doing enough to stamp out this menace in cricket?
Players from both sides became fired up during various stages of the Ashes series as the sledging war escalated to ugly heights. Alan Flook examines this hot topic.