“The nervous nineties” is the most uncertain corridor for a batsman, till now the 33 cricketers are trapped while going through this corridor. There are a few great cricketers who manage to avoid this corridor. This list features almost every great of Test cricket including Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Steve Waugh, Virender Sehwag, Brian Lara, Mathew Hayden, Gordon Greenidge. Only three greats Don Bradman, Kumar Sangakkara and Younis Khan never got out in 90s.
Got out in 96, Alastair Cook broke down at the pitch; he missed a fine century that could lead him to 28th century. Michel Marsh of Australia bowled him during the day three of Investec Ashes Test at the Lord’s. This is the seventh time he got out at 90s, and his seven nineties are now 9th highest in Test cricket. There are 202 examples in Test cricket where batsmen played a rollicking innings, but when they enter the corridor of nervous nineties they struggled to overcome it.
It is like “Bermuda Triangle” for cricketer, where everything gets trapped and never can back from that air trap. Many cricketers use to cross these uncertainties with boundaries to release the tension. But, cricket missed 202 centuries; spectators were disappointed with the outcome.
If, the never exist in cricket then the demographics of cricket could have been different. Steve Waugh could have finished his career with 42 centuries while Sachin Tendulkar record of 51 hundred in Test cricket could have 61.
Meanwhile Jacques Kallis would have been the second batsman in the history of test cricket who has half century of century after Sachin, if he did not miss centuries five times after entering the uncertain corridor of 90s.
Here is the of list of Cricketers who got out in 90s most number of times in Test cricket.
The minimum mark is 5.
Steve Waugh (AUS): 10 in 168 matches
Rahul Dravid (IND) : 10 in 164 matches
Sachin Tendulkar (IND): 10 in 200 matches
Michael Slater(AUS): 9 in 74 matches
Alvin Kallicharran (WI): 8 in 66 matches
AB de Villiers (SA): 8 in 98 matches
Inzamam –ul-Haq(PAK): 8 in 120 matches
Mathew Hayden(AUS): 7 in 103 matches
Alastair Cook(ENG): 7 in 116 matches
Clem Hill (AUS): 6 in 49 matches
Rohan Kanhai (WI): 6 in 79
Herschelle Gibbs(SA): 6 in 90 matches
Gordon Greenidge(WI): 6 in 108 Tests
Stephen Fleming(NZ): 6 in 111 matches
Geoff Boycott(ENG): 6 in 108 mathces
Brian Lara(WI): 6 in 131 matches
Mahela Jayawardene(SL): 6 in 149 matches
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI): 6 in 164 mathces
Ricky Ponting(AUS): 6 in 168 matches
Angelo Mathews(SL): 5 in 49 matches
Ken Barrington(ENG): 5 in 82 matches
Hashan Tillakaratne(SL): 5 in 83 matches
Michael Hussy(AUS) : 5 in 79 matches
MS Dhoni(IND): 5 in 90 matches
Garry Sobers(WI): 5 in 93 matches
Virender Sehwag (IND): 5 in 104 matches
Kevin Pietersen(ENG): 5 in 104 matches
David Boon (AUS0: 5 in 107 matches
Michael Clark(AUS): 5 in 112 matches
Mike Atherton(ENG): 5 in 115 matches
Sunil Gavaskar(IND): 5 in 125 matches
Jacques Kallis(SA): 5 in 166 matches.