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5 futuristic records that may not be broken ever

07 Nov 2019 CricTracker

Andre Russell. (Photo: IANS) Records are meant of be broken, they said. Barring the likes of Muttiah Muralitharan, Sachin Tendulkar, Don Bradman and a few more, the top positions keep changing hands from time to time. The Master Blaster once broke Sunil Gavaskar’s record of most Test runs. Corey Anderson broke Shahid Afridi’s record of the fastest ODI ton and in the very next year, AB de Villiers went to the helm. Apart from the significant ones, there are plethora of other small records, which get overhauled from time to time. Going into the future too, a number of new records will be created, which won’t be much of a surprise. However, if delved deep down, a few of the numbers may have the least chance of getting toppled. It will need some superhuman effort thereafter to overhaul them. In the article, let’s take a look at five futuristic records that may remain unscathed forever Rashid Khan’s tally of most T20 wickets Rashid Khan. (Photo Source: Twitter) Rashid Khan made his T20 debut back in 2015 and in those four years, have played 190 T20s. But it was only from 2017 that he started to peek and became a sought-after player across the globe. In 2018, he was the leading wicket-taker in T20 cricket with 96 scalps. In his career thus far, the leg-spinner has 269 wickets. In the all-time list, the Young Turk is already 11th and that at an age of 21. If he keeps up with his form, he can even top the list in the next three to four years. Being a spinner, physically, isn’t quite rigorous as that of a pacer. So, he can play until the age of 40 or even longer. If he keeps up to the fitness standards, he may well end up playing around 1100 to 1200 games. If he continues with his form, then there is a chance for him getting in excess of even 1500 wickets. Virat Kohli’s most ODI centuries India’s captain Virat Kohli. (Photo credit DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images) Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, has racked up runs with sheer authority ever since he forayed into cricket at the highest level. He scored his maiden ton against Sri Lanka in 2009 and has only grown in stature ever since. In 239 ODIs, Virat averages a stunning 60.31, scoring a mammoth 11,520 runs. In fact, since January 1, 2016, the Delhi-born Kohli has hammered 4,689 runs at an average of 83.73. 20 of his tons have come in the 72 games during this period. Virat is only eight centuries away from Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of 51. If he continues to score tons at this rate, then by the mid of 2021, Virat should be at the helm. At that time, Virat will be in his mid-32 and hence, will have quite a bit of cricket left in him. If he plays until even 36, then 65 to 70 tons may not be out of reach for him. Steve Smith’s second-highest Test average after Don Bradman Australia’s Steve Smith. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images) Steve Smith made his Test comeback in the Ashes after 16 months. And it took three innings for him to gain back his number one rank from being placed fourth. Moreover, after playing seven Test innings, he is the leading run-scorer in the format in 2019. He made his debut in 2010, but it was from 2014 from when he started to show his class. Smith is only 27 runs away from 7000 Test runs. Smith has a Test average of 64.56, second only to Don Bradman’s 99.94. In his first 16 Tests, Smith averaged only 34.64, but from January 2014 until date, the batter has piled 6003 runs at an average of 75.03. Also, 24 of his 26 tons have come in this time period. Smith is only 30 and has a few years ahead of him and chances of him ending with a Test average from 70 to 75 isn’t improbable. Andre Russell’s most sixes in a single T20 tournament Andre Russell. (Photo Source: Twitter) Andre Russell’s potential to pick the bones out a cricket leather is an open secret. It’s brute force when it comes to the Jamaican and there’s no half-measure. The West Indies batsman doesn’t tread a complicated route and plays with an unflustered mind. He tends to go bonkers right from the outset. Let alone the balls he middles, even his mis-hits tend to sail over the boundary quite easily. In the 2019 IPL, Russell smacked as many as 52 sixes. At one point of the league, it seemed that he will cross Chris Gayle’s tally of 59 for the most sixes in any T20 tournament. The surprising element was that he got the figures, batting lower down the order. In the last few games, he batted higher and it paid dividends. If for KKR, he is persisted with at the top, then he could end up with around 65 to 70 sixes if not more. David Warner’s tally of most T20 runs David Warner. (Photo Source: Twitter) David Warner is currently fifth on the list of all-time leading-run scorers in T20 cricket. The Australian batter is approximately 4,000 runs away from Chris Gayle’s tally in excess of 13,000 runs. The left-handed Warner is only 33 and is amongst the fittest cricketers going around. The southpaw has an average of around 37.51 and has notched the 9,000 plus runs in the format at a strike-rate of 142.34. In 2015, 2017 and 2019, Warner became the Orange Cap holders, scoring 562, 641 and 692 runs. The southpaw has eight T20 tons, second only to Gayle’s 22. The New South Wales-born also has 73 half-centuries, manifesting his consistency. There’s a great chance of Warner playing at least for the next five to six years and if he continues his run-churning spree, then he may well end with around 14,000 runs.

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