In a sport like cricket, there are so many talks around a century and experts and spectators hail it as the best effort a batsman has conjured in his career. Cricket maniacs seldom remember a knock that hasn’t crossed the 100 run mark and that massively hurts the fortunes of the player for there is no significant score to show against his name which could make a case for himself.
Inspite of all this being evidently true, there are some players who haven’t scored a single century in their entire career and still managed to maintain their place in the respective side. This can be attributed to the fact that they have plundered plenty of influential knocks batting in the middle or lower-middle order which were equally momentous as scoring a brilliant century. As an exception to what said, the cricketing world fondly remembers them even after their retirement and their contribution cannot be denied by any. In the below piece, we look at 5 such players who scored the most number of runs in their ODI career without a century:
The current head coach of the Pakistan team, Misbah is a glaring example of a player who has managed to hog the requisite limelight despite not scoring a single century in his illustrious career. The attacking right-hander has chronicled several useful knocks coming down the order and assisted Pakistan in finishing games or setting daunting totals.
Misbah was a clean striker of the cricket ball, who as all knows could clear the biggest of boundaries with consummate ease and there was a sort of fluency in his batsmanship. Opposition teams were quite aware of his threat and knew their best chance would only come if they managed to dismiss him early.
The powerful batsman has amassed 5122 runs from 162 games at an average of 43.40 and a strike rate of 73.75. He had a best score of 96 to his name.
2. Wasim Akram
Also known as ‘swing king’ during his playing days, Akram was the reason behind the downfall of many opposition line-ups. His left-arm angle added variety and lethality to the Pakistani bowling attack back then, and they formed a fearsome line-up opposition teams feared going against.
Apart from his immaculate bowling, Akram was a solid striker coming lower down the order and contributed handsomely to the team’s cause. His batting acted as a cover to the rare failure of the Pakistan frontline batsmen and the runs scored went a long way in them winning the game convincingly in the end.
The legendary cricketer has stroked 3717 runs from 356 games at an average of 16.52 and strike rate of 88.33 with best score of 86.
3. Moin Khan
This flamboyant wicketkeeper-batsman from Pakistan was another player, who contributed massively to the winning fate of Pakistan in the 90s decade, albeit without a 100. When he first burst to the international scene, he wasn’t the best of keepers going around but kept his place owing to his aggressive batsmanship.
But with time and experience, he mastered the art and even his captaincy stint with Pakistan played a huge role in the same. Moin was asked to perform the finisher’s role for the team and did so with aplomb, propelling Pakistan to intimidating totals on the board.
The fiery batsman has hammered 3266 runs from 219 games at an average of 23 and a strike rate of 81.30 with 72 being his best effort.
4. Heath Streak
Streak was one of the few Zimbabwean players, who made a name for himself during his international career. The speedster was known for bowling out swingers at good pace and troubling the batsmen with the vicious movement.
In addition to his deadly bowling, Streak possessed the ability to tong the ball long and handsome coming lower down the order and doing his bit with the bat in hand. His lusty blows assisted Zimbabwe in reaching respectable totals and giving himself and his other bowling counterparts something to bowl at.
The talented cricketer has smashed 2943 runs from 189 games at an average of 28.29 and strike rate of 73.42 with best score of 79.
5. Andrew Jones
Predominantly a late bloomer, Jones achieved his strides in the Kiwi outfit once he received his elusive ODI cap. He batted at the all-important no.3 position for his side and stitched invaluable partnerships with Kiwi great Martin Crowe.
Those who happen to follow world cricket closely would have certainly highlighted Jones’s awkward technique negotiating the short balls. The batsman would jump high in the crease to keep the ball down, a tactic which might sound weird but proved mighty effective for him.
The unorthodox batsman has hit 2784 runs from 87 games at an average of 35.69 and strike rate of 57.86 with 93 as his best score.