#CricketInNumbers: Batting records held by bowlers
There have been a number of times when the whole batting line-up has failed to score but the bowlers have stepped up to the situation to take the team out of trouble. The tailenders have played some incredible innings, and broken records that even batsmen would be proud of. Let us have a look at some of these bowlers who have amazing batting records.
The fastest half-century by an Indian
Infamous for his 'ducks', Ajit Agarkar holds the record of the fastest fifty in ODIs by an Indian player. His fifty came off 21 balls against Zimbabwe in 2000. He scored 67 runs from 25 balls, smashing 7 fours and 4 sixes. Agarkar is also one of the few players who has scored a century at Lord's, which came in 2002 against England.
Only nightwatchman to have a double century
Jason Gillespie scripted history when he scored 201* runs against Bangladesh in 2006, and become the only night-watchman to have a double-hundred to his name. He shared a 320-run partnership with Michael Hussey, guiding Australia to 581. Gillespie faced 425 balls and batted for 574 minutes. In his career, Gillespie also shared several partnerships to bail Australia out of trouble.
Highest score by a number 11 batsman
In his debut match during the 2013 Ashes, Australian teenager Ashton Agar came to bat at number 11 position and scored 98 runs against England. It still remains the highest score by a number 11 batsman in Tests. Ashton shared a 163-run partnership with Phil Hughes and helped Australia post a decent total of 280. He also picked up two wickets in the match.
A bowler with 3,000+ Test runs
Shane Warne is one of the best bowlers to ever grace the sport. He picked up 708 Test wickets. However, Warne was also a decent batsman. He scored 3,154 runs in his 145 Tests, with a best score of 99 which came against New Zealand in 2001. He holds the record of scoring most runs without a century in Test cricket.
The most sixes in a single Test innings
The 'King of Swing', Wasim Akram scored 257* runs against Zimbabwe in 1996 to write his name in the history books. In his innings, he slammed 12 sixes, the most by any batsman in a single Test innings. Akram's 257 is also the highest score by a batsman coming to bat at number eight or lower in Test cricket.
Only Indian to score a century during England tour
During India's tour of England in 2007, Anil Kumble was the only Indian player who managed to score a century. This Indian team had Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. He scored an unbeaten 110 at The Oval.