Records are meant to be broken. There are many surreal records made in the history of cricket and then broken after a very long time. One of those was the highest individual ODI score created by Pakistani southpaw Saeed Anwer. The record remained with the left-hander for 13 years. Anwer made 194 runs against India in India in 1997 which was eventually broken by the little master Sachin Tendulkar with a spectacular 200 against South Africa in 2010. However, there is one great record which is yet to be broken.
Former West Indian great Brian Charles Lara has the highest individual test score for some time now. For many years, the gigantic score of 400 has looked like a mountain to climb. It was back in 2004 that English bowlers faced the wrath of Lara’s fury, and very few batsmen came closer to scoring a quadruple century since. Lara’s record has stood unperturbed for the past 15 years and looks set to remain intact for a few more years.
However, there are a few Indian batsmen who have got all the guts to break this Himalayan record and go past the magical 400 figure. Who are they? Let’s find out:
#1 ROHIT SHARMA
India’s dashing opener Rohit Gurunath Sharma was at his best against South Africa at home. The Mumbai lad was asked to open the innings in test cricket for the first time in his red-ball career. He grabbed the opportunity with both hands and scored his maiden double-hundred.
Free-flowing Sharma has the grit and the skills to hit the ball to all parts of the ground. He has the ability to score runs at a brisk pace too. Rohit has a proven track record to score centuries in the shorter format of the game. There appears to be no reason why he cannot surpass the highest score in the longest format of the game, specifically in the batting-friendly sub-continent.
Rohit is the only batsman to score three double hundreds in ODI cricket. He has found his feet in red-ball cricket too. If he continues his form, he can easily be in a position to chase Lara’s record.
Source: Gulf News
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#2 MAYANK AGARWAL
After struggling in domestic cricket for many years, Mayank Agarwal finally got his test call for India against Australia in 2018. Since his debut, he looks like a man on a mission to make up lost time. He has shown tremendous hunger for runs in his short stint in international cricket.
In the recent series against South Africa, he was in a purple patch. The 28-year-old has played just nine games and his numbers already look staggering:
Two of his three centuries, two were converted into double hundreds. With his focus on scoring big, Agarwal could be one of the challengers to Brian Lara’s record; perhaps the dark horse.
Source: ICC Cricket
#3 VIRAT KOHLI
Indian cricket captain has the ability to become the first Indian to go past 400. Number one ODI and test batsman in the world has already scored a double hundred on seven occasions in the test format. We all know his hunger to score runs.
In a first-class game, he scored 243 runs in mere 287 balls against New Delhi at the strike rate of 84. Then he scored career-best 254 runs against South Africa at a mind-boggling strike rate of 75.59. He loves to bat for long hours and his seven double tons clearly shows his persistence. His consistency can take him across 400 mark which will probably satisfy the great West Indian too.
Source: Hindustan Times
#4 CHETESHWAR PUJARA
Even before he broke into the international scene for India, Cheteshwar Pujara was touted as a batting genius capable enough to replace the great batsman Rahul Dravid. He was seen as one of the most promising batting talents in the country. While most modern Indian cricketers have dashing style of play, Pujara possesses the rare, old-school, Dravid-like style and technique.
During the series down under, Pujara faced over 1200 deliveries and batted for 1702 minutes. It’s like batting five full days of a test match. His hunger to score runs and determination to bat for long hours is impeccable.
Source: The Cricket Monthly
#5 PRITHVI SHAW
Recently in recent interview, the pride of Trinidad & Tobago predicted two names who could break his record. First, he tossed Mumbai Indians’ captain Rohit Sharma and the other name he mentioned was Prithvi Shaw.
Windies legend said, “It will need an attacking option. I know he’s fell off the radar a little bit, Prithvi Shaw was one of those attacking options. Hey, here’s a 19-year-old who has the world in front of him, hopefully, he can come back soon.”
Source: Essentially Sports
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