10 Batsmen with Most ODI Runs Without Scoring a Century [year]
In international cricket, batters easily score 50 runs but fail to convert into 100. We have seen legendary players who have helped their team’s several matches but still need to score a century.
You might be surprised, but there is a fascinating record of batters with the most ODI runs without scoring a hundred. Here is a list of batters who have scored the most ODI runs without scoring a century in cricket history [year].
1) Misbah-ul-Haq – 5122
Pakistan’s former skipper Misbah-ul-Haq holds the record for scoring the most One Day International runs but failed to score a century. Misbah has played over 149 ODI innings and scored a whopping 5122 runs.
Misbah was a former head coach and top selector of the Pakistani national team and served as the team’s captain in both Test and ODI cricket. Misbah is a middle-order batsman known for his composure with the bat yet having the ability to be an aggressive big-shot player when necessary.
Misbah ul Haq has the most career ODI runs without a century and has the fastest Test fifty and fastest Test hundred.
2) Andrew Jones – 2784
Andrew Howard Jones, a former cricketer for New Zealand, had scored 2784 runs in 87 ODI innings. On a domestic level, he represented New Zealand in 87 One-Day Internationals and 39 Test matches between 1987 and 1995; he represented Central Districts, Otago, and Wellington.
He played in his first Test match for New Zealand when he was 27 years old, against Sri Lanka, on April 16, 1987. He grew into a dependable No. 3 batter, and in all but four of his Test innings, he batted there.
Six of the 39 Test matches he participated in for New Zealand were victories. Jones’ unorthodox yet effective hopping technique against short deliveries set his batting approach apart.
Jones was New Zealand’s second-highest run scorer at the 1992 Cricket World Cup. He played in 87 ODI innings, but despite having a 35.69 average, he never reached the century mark. In a match against Bangladesh in Sharjah, he scored 93.
3) Mudassar Nazar – 2653
Mudassar Nazar, another Pakistani cricket coach, and former player, has played 115 innings in ODIs and scored 2653 runs. Mudassar Nazar represented Pakistan in Test matches and played league cricket in Pakistan and England. He represented Pakistan as an opening batsman in 76 tests and 122 one-day internationals.
Since he retired from professional cricket, he has held various administrative positions in the cricketing world, including two stints as a coach for Pakistan in 1993 and 2001, as well as for Kenya and other nations. He was born in the metropolis of Lahore, Punjab.
Nazar followed in his father Nazar Mohammad’s footsteps by becoming an opening batsman. As an opening batsman, he attained great success and established several test cricket records. He is a consultant for the Pakistan Super League franchise cricket team Lahore Qalandars.
Even half of his success in test cricket he could not replicate in one-day internationals. His sluggish innings in ODI matches consistently put the burden on the team’s middle-order batters.
4) Chamu Chibhabha – 2418
Chamu Chibhabha, a former Zimbabwe cricketer, has played 107 ODI innings with 2418 runs. Having played the most ODI matches for his country, he almost reached the 100 mark when he was on 99 but unfortunately gave away his wicket by a cheeky shot.
Zimbabwe Cricket appointed him interim captain of Zimbabwe’s One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) squads in January 2020.
Julia Chibhabha, his sister, also plays international cricket for Zimbabwe’s national women’s team. In November 2007, she captained Zimbabwe’s World Cup qualifiers in Pakistan.
He played the most One-Day Internationals for Zimbabwe before making his Test debut. He top-scored with 55 in the first ODI. However, his six overs cost thirty runs, and Zimbabwe lost by five wickets.
5) Graham Thorpe – 2380
Former English cricketer Graham Paul Thorpe participated in 77 One Day International innings, accumulating 2380 runs without a century. He represented Surrey at the provincial level and England at the international level.
Thorpe’s marital issues were widely reported in several newspapers throughout the 2002 season, which considerably affected his performance and attention to the game.
He declared his retirement from one-day international cricket and repeatedly changed his mind about traveling to Australia because he was tired of being away from his family. Eventually, he decided not to go on the tour at all.
Graham Thorpe was a talented batter who made a name in test cricket by scoring 16 centuries. A batsman like Thorpe was never anticipated to do so poorly in ODIs.
6) Jimmy Adams – 2204
James Clive Adams, a former Jamaican cricketer who captained the West Indies, played in 105 ODI innings and scored 2,204 runs, including 14 half-centuries but not a single century.
He was the head coach of Kent County Cricket Club for five seasons, from 2012 to October 2016. Jimmy Adams has gone on to achieve numerous match-winning efforts in his career, with 78 runs being his highest single-match total.
With a Test batting average of 41.26 and a highest score of 208 not out against New Zealand in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda in 1995, he retired from all forms of cricket in 2004.
7) Habibul Bashar – 2168
Qazi Habibul Bashar is a former captain and retired cricket player for Bangladesh. Bashar was a true batsman, amassing 14 half-centuries and 2168 runs. It isn’t easy to envision an ODI batsman scoring over 2000 runs without a century.
Alongside Abdur Razzak and Minhajul Abedin, Bashar is one of BCB’s primary selectors. It was discovered that he was the most successful captain to lead the Bangladesh team to various milestones while under Dav Whatmore’s supervision. Under Bashar’s leadership, Bangladesh has defeated Australia, India, South Africa, and Sri Lanka in limited-overs matches. He led Bangladesh to its first test victory against Zimbabwe in 2004.
8) Michael Vaughan – 1982
Former English cricketer Michael Paul Vaughan played in 83 ODI innings and scored a total of 1982 runs. He captained England’s test team between 2003 and 2008, the one-day international team between 2003 and 2007, and the inaugural Twenty20 England team between 2005 and 2007. Domestically, he represented the county of Yorkshire.
Vaughan was a right-handed opener who established a fruitful England partnership with Marcus Trescothick, despite frequently batting in the middle order for England. After scoring 633 runs, including three centuries, in the 2002/03 Ashes test series, he was regarded as one of the best batters in the world.
Michael Vaughan had great success as a batsman in test cricket, but as an opening batsman in limited-overs cricket, he never played an innings that met expectations. Due to Vaughan’s sluggish start, England lost numerous ODI series.
9) Kim Hughes – 1968
Kimberley John Hughes, a former Australian cricketer representing Western Australia, Natal, and Australia, played 88 ODI innings and scored 1968 runs.
Between 1979 and 1984, he captained Australia in 28 Test matches, after which he led a dissident Australian team on a tour of apartheid-era South Africa.
Hughes batted from a side-on, erect posture. He struck the ball with a controlled backlift and full follow-through while holding the bat elevated on the handle.
Early in his innings, he was susceptible to a leg-before-wicket dismissal because he wandered around the crease in front of his stumps.
This was the only reason why his batting in ODI was ineffective. Kim also received much criticism from the media, which harmed him.
In addition, frequent ailments prevented him from being a consistent player in ODIs and scoring sufficient ODI runs.
10) Aftab Ahmed – 1954
Aftab Ahmed Chowdhury is a former all-round cricketer from Bangladesh. Ahmed has scored a total of 1954 ODI runs throughout his career, with a high score of 92. Even after accumulating many such runs, he retired without achieving a century.
He announced in August 2014 that he would resign from all forms of cricket after the 2014–15 domestic season to focus on coaching. Although he scored a blank in his international debut at the 2004 Champions Trophy, he was retained due to his performances for Bangladesh at the Under-19 level.
Despite his early success with the ball, he viewed himself as a batsman with limited bowling ability. His first significant triumph with the bat occurred during one of the most historic moments in Bangladesh cricket.
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