Records are meant to be broken they say. The top positions keep changing hands from time to time, including the likes of Muttiah Muralitharan, Sachin Tendulkar, Don Bradman, and a few more. The Master Blaster broke the record of most Test runs by Sunil Gavaskar.
Corey Anderson broke the record of the fastest ODI ton by Shahid Afridi, and AB de Villers went to the helm in very next year. There are plenty of other small records, apart from the significant ones, that will be overhauled in some time.
New records will be broken in the future too. However, some of the numbers may have the least chance of being toppled. Subsequently, it will need some extraordinary effort to redesign them.
Take a look at five future records that may remain unscathed forever
1. Rashid Khan’s tally of most T20 wickets
Rashid Khan made his debut in 2015 and played 19 T20s in those four years. But it was only in 2017 that he started to peek and became a wanted player throughout the globe. In 2018, he was the leading wicket-taker in T20 cricket with 96 scalps.
The leg-spinner has 269 wickets in his career so far. The Young Turk is already 11th in the all-time list at the age of 21. If he keeps up his form, in the next three to four years, he can even top the list. Physically, being a spinner is not as rigorous as a pacer. So, he can play until he is 40 or even longer.
2. Virat Kohli’s most ODI centuries
After foraying into cricket at the highest level, Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, has racked up runs with absolute authority. In 2009, he scored his maiden ton against Sri Lanka and since then has only risen in stature. Virat averages an incredible 60.31 in 239 ODIs, recording a gigantic run of 11,520.
In reality, the Delhi-born Kohli has hammered 4,689 runs at an average of 83.73 since January 1, 2016. During that time, 20 of his tons came in the 72 games. 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. Virat will be in his mid-32 at that time and will, therefore, have a little cricket left in him. When he plays up to 36, then he may not be out of reach for 65 to 70 tons.
3. Steve Smith’s second-highest Test average after Don Bradman
After 16 months, Steve Smith made his Test debut at the Ashes. And it took him three innings from being placed fourth to regain his number one rank. 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 when he began showing his class in 2014.
Smith is only 27 runs from seven thousand test runs. Smith has an average check of 64.56, second only to the 99.94 of Don Bradman. Smith scored just 34.64 in his first 16 games, but the batter has accumulated 6003 runs at an average of 75.03 from January 2014 to date.
Also, 24 of his 26 tons have come in this period. Smith is only 30 years, and it is not unlikely that he will end up with a test average of 70 to 75.
4. Andre Russell’s most sixes in a single T20 tournament
The potential of Andre Russell to remove a cricket leather from the bones is an open secret. It’s the brute force when it comes to the Jamaican and there are no half-measures. The West Indies batsman doesn’t tread a complicated route and plays with an uncluttered mind. He tends to go bonkers right from the outset.
Let alone the balls he is middling, even his mishits seem very quickly to fly across the frontier. In the 2019 IPL, Russell smacked as many as 52 sixes.
At one point in the league, it seemed that in any T20 tournament he would surpass Chris Gayle’s count of 59 for the sixth most. If he plays at the top for KKR, then he might end up with around 65 to 70 if not more sixes.
5. David Warner’s tally of most T20 runs
At present, David Warner is third on the T20 cricket list of all-time leading-run scorers. The Australian batter is approximately 4,000 runs away from Chris Gayle’s tally of over above 13,000 runs. The left-handed Warner is only 33 and one of the greatest cricketers in the world.
The southpaw has an average of about 37.51 and a strike rate of 142.34 for the 9,000 plus runs in the format. In 2015, 2017 and 2019, Warner became the Orange Cap holder, scoring 562, 641 and 692 runs, respectively. The southpaw has 8 tons of T20I, second only to 22 tons of Gayle.
The New South Wales-born has 73 half-centuries to his credit as well. Warner is likely to play for at least the next five to six years, and if he continues his run-getting streak, he may well end up with about 14,000 runs.