10 Biggest Personal Milestones Achieved By Indian Cricketers: India’s World Cup win in 1983 laid the foundation stone for India in becoming the superpower in the world of cricket. The win in 1983 allowed a host of cricketers to pursue a dream of playing for India at the highest level. Ever since that breakthrough win in 1983, the country has produced some of the all-time greats to have ever played the game.
Some of the Indian players have gone onto achieve remarkable feats during their playing career. A few records and personal milestones that set them apart from the rest.
Here’s a look at 10 personal milestones achieved by Indian cricketers:
1. Rohit Sharma – Highest ODI Individual score
In 2014, Rohit Sharma scored the highest individual ODI score against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens. Hitman registered a record-shattering 264 to go past Sehwag’s previous tally of 219 runs scored against West Indies. Rohit’s humungous innings included a total of 33 fours and 9 sixes.
2. Sachin Tendulkar – Most hundreds in a calendar year
Sachin Tendulkar was at the peak of his powers in 1998. In the same year, Sachin recorded a total of 12 centuries in a calendar year. Even after 22 years, none of the batters has been successful in going past the Master’s tally.
3. Sachin Tendulkar – Most Test appearances
Sachin Tendulkar finished his playing career with 200 Test matches for India. He played 32 more Tests than Ricky Ponting, who managed to play 168 Tests in his 17-year long career for Australia. It is a record which might be never be broken even in the future.
4. Sunil Gavaskar – The only player to score 4 consecutive 100s at two cricketing venues
Sunil Gavaskar played during an era that was dominated by fast bowling. He made his debut against West Indies and scored 774 runs against the most devastating fast-bowling quartet of all-time. However, he even held another record when he became the only player to register four consecutive centuries at two cricketing venues. He achieved this feat at Port of Spain in the Caribbean and at his home ground in Wankhede Stadium.
5. Virender Sehwag – Only Player to score 7500+ runs as an opener in Tests and ODIs
Virender Sehwag is still regarded as one of India’s best openers, especially how he played in Tests. He’s the only cricketer in the history to have registered over 7500 runs both in Tests and ODIs.
6. Yuvraj Singh – Only player to win POTM in knockouts in all 3 ICC tournaments
Yuvraj Singh boasts of a prestigious milestone of securing a Man of the Match award in knockouts in each of the three ICC tournaments. He bagged an each in World Cup, T20 World Cup, and Champions Trophy.
7. Rohit Sharma – The only player to be involved in 3 150+ partnership in T20Is
Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma is the only player in the T20Is history to have contributed in 3 partnerships of over 150 runs each.
8. Rishabh Pant – The youngest wicket-keeper to score a 150+ against Australia in Test cricket
Indian wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant became the youngest cricketer at the age of 21 years and 91 days to score a 150+ score in Test cricket. He achieved this feat in India’s tour down under in 2018.
9. MS Dhoni – Only wicket-keeper to score 175+ individual score in ODIs and Tests
Former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni is the only wicket-keeper batsman to register a score of 175+ both in Tests and ODIs. Dhoni scored his ODI career-best of 183* in 2005 and 224* against Australia in Tests in 2013.
10. Virat Kohli – Fastest to 10,000 international runs
In October 2018, Virat Kohli became the fastest cricketer to scale the 10k milestone in ODIs. He claimed the landmark in just 205 innings while Sachin reached the 10k runs in 259 ODI innings.