4 Cricket Records that could happen in the decade 2020-2030!
Cricket is a game of numbers. These numbers can make a new record or break an older one. Over the past decade, things have changed so much in terms of new records and milestones. Before 2010, there was no double century by any player in ODI cricket. Then Sachin Tendulkar became the first man on earth to make a record of scoring 200 in an ODI inning. Scoring a century in a T20I innings was a huge landmark back then but now with the revolution in cricket, we are seeing century in almost every second T20I.
As cricket is moving forward, there is a possibility of making new records that were never imaginable even.
In this article we will look at the 4 Cricket Records That Could Happen in the decade 2020-2030, spanning across all three formats.
1: Team score of 300+ in T20s
Could we see 300 in a T20 game of cricket? Yes. There is a big possibility of a team scoring 300 runs in a T20 game. Since April 2020, there have been 19 250+ scores in a T20 game. The highest score ever achieved in a T20 game is 278 by Afghanistan.
As the cricket is becoming more of a batsmen game with flat pitches, small boundaries, lightweight but powerful bats and two new balls from each end means no help for bowlers in death overs. The 360-degree shots are becoming so popular that bowlers are helpless with field placement and where to bowl. Batsmen are scoring at a heavy strike rate that 300 in a T20 game will no more away to achieve. So fasten your seat belt for this run-scoring ride.
2: ODI Triple Century
Before 2010, there was no double century by any player in ODI cricket. Then Sachin Tendulkar became the first man on earth to make a record of scoring 200 in an ODI inning. Then this trend being followed by Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma (has 3 double tons), Chris Gayle, Martin Guptil, and Fakhar Zaman.
In a game against Sri-Lanka, Rohit Sharma scored 264 runs in an ODI inning which is currently the highest score by a batsman in an ODI game of cricket.
With T20 cricket, which is already showing its impact on ODI cricket there is a huge possibility for batsmen to score triple (300) century in an ODI game. If batsmen are able to score 200 runs while 8-9 overs remaining, the magical 300 score is a real go with so much of striking in death overs.
3: Team score of 500+ in ODIs
Already there was a huge chance of scoring 500 in an ODI match by England against Australia in 2018 in which they scored 481, but they let it go by showing some poor batting display in the last couple of overs. So this makes it a real deal now.
I am sure that in the decade 2020-2030 this 500 runs barrier is pretty much on the cards because of short boundaries, batting paradise pitches, powerful bats, and amazing addition of shots in the batsmen dictionary.
Now even the tailenders can hit some big shots at the end of innings so it will create a huge chance of getting to 500 score landmark in an ODI inning.
4: Most international centuries by a single player
In 2012, Sachin Tendulkar became the only player in cricket history to make 100 international centuries (ODI+TEST+T20). His fellow countryman, Virat Kohli, has the best chance of any current batsmen of surpassing that landmark.
At the age of 31, Virat Kohli has already scored 70 centuries ( 43 in ODIs, 27 in Tests). With the fitness level he has and determination he can play 7 to 8 years more.
- Virat Kohli scores a century after 6 games in an ODI match. By this, he can add 21 more centuries from 2021-2027 by playing 15 innings in each year. This will increase his century tally to 91.
- In Tests, he has a superb 50-to-100 conversion rate of 55%. He has 27 tons in test cricket to his name in 87 test matches. So scoring 10 more with this amazing conversion rate will be a no big deal.
We can come again to this article on December 31st, 2029 to see if these possibilities indeed came true. You can tell us of other records that could happen in the decade 2020-2030.