2017 saw a lot of long-standing records being broken. It was a memorable year for cricket in which India played Pakistan at Champions Trophy Final and then Australia decimated England to regain the Ashes Urn. It was a year in which Virat Kohli broke records at a premium. The year also saw Steven Smith break the 40-year record of most Test runs scored (5764) after 108 innings which was held by West Indies legend Sir Garfield Sobers since 1968. When Smith reached 108 in the final session, he passed that mark.
Here we list 5 records that were made in 2017, which will be really tough to break:
86.7 percent of Test matches ended with a decisive result
Out of 45 Tests, 39 ended with a result while the other 7 ended in a draw. The rate was the highest in any calendar year with a minimum of 10 Tests played. The previous best was 85.2 percent in 2002 in which 46 out of 54 Tests ended with a result. This stat goes on to show that nowadays cricketers play Test matches to win. Owing to the T20 influence maybe?
7 captains Sri Lanka had throughout the year across formats
The most by any team in a calendar year. Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera, Rangana Herath, Chamara Kapugedera and Lasith Malinga were the 7 captains of Sri Lanka in 2017. This is nothing short of laughable. The incessant tinkering of heads is a major reason for their dismal performances in 2017. The previous record was of 6 by England in 2011 and Zimbabwe in 2001.
20 consecutive Tests for India against Sri Lanka without defeat at home
The 3rd most for any team against an opponent, this is a record that will make Indian fans feel proud but for the Sri Lankans, it is something they would like to forget.
2 hat-tricks claimed by different bowlers on the same day
In a T20 match on April 14, 2017, Samuel Badree took a hat-trick for RCB against MI at Bangalore and Andrew Tye for GL against RPS at Rajkot. This was the only 6th instance in the history of T20 cricket and 1st in IPL when multiple hat-tricks happened on the same day. Will this happen again? Very unlikely.
The Rohit Sharma 3rd double!
Not many batsmen get to that magical figure in limited overs cricket. He has done it thrice, which just goes to show he has a knack for playing exemplary, quality cricket.
Will 2018 have cricket history’s first triple centurion? Food for thought!