Stats: Top 10 batsmen who scored 100 for losing causes

Rohit Sharma’s brilliant T20 hundred in Dharamsala went in vain as Jean-Paul Duminy’s 68 off 34 ball innings and 105 runs partnership with Farhaan Behardien helped South Africa to win a cliff hanger.

Rohit Sharma’s innings helped India to post a formidable 199 on board. He smashed five sixes and 12 boundaries, but, was dwarfed by JP Duminy innings, which was comprised of 7 sixes and one boundary. Rohit is the third batsman among the 14 batsmen who scored a hundred  but lost the match.

 Before, Chris Gayle lost the match in the inaugural World T20 2007 match against South Africa in Johannesburg. In the match, Gayle scored 117 which led West Indies to put 206 run target for South Africa, who chased down the target in just 18 over with 8 wickets in hand.

More recently South Africa T20 captain Faf du Plessis’s 119 off 56 went in vain when West Indies took the revenge in the same ground on January 11, 2015. South Africa batting first imposed towering 231 runs total on board. But, the name of the ground is Johannesburg, where big total can’t ensure a team a victory. On many occasions, we have seen it. So, this time West Indies chased down the target with 4 wickets in hand and 4 balls remaining. Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels scored 90 and 60 respectively.

Rohit has become the third batsman and second in this year to end on the wrong side even after scoring a hundred.

However, they are just a recent example. But, in limited-overs cricket, especially in ODI cricket there are batsmen who added a milestone in their career, but their teams lost the match. 

In 2004, when India were touring Pakistan after 15 years for a five-match ODI and three matches ODI series the Rawalpindi ODI, which India lost by 12 runs could win it. India were chasing Pakistan 329, opener Sachin Tendulkar anchored the India’s chase with his outstanding hundred. When he was caught at mid-wicket by Abdul Razzaq off Shoaib Malik India were 4 for 245 in 39 over. Sachin had done one-third of India’s job, but India Yuvraj Singh and Rahul Dravid failed to carry the innings, as a result, got all out in 48.4 overs. Sachin 141 off 135 went in vain.

The destructive batsman Chris Gayle is another man who most of the century went in vain in his ODI career so far. In 2004 when West Indies were South Africa Chris Gayle scored a run a ball unbeaten 152 at Johannesburg and 193 run partnership with Shiv Chanderpaul. West Indies lost just 2 wickets and put 305 run target for South Africa on board. But, South Africa with the help of Jacques Kallis’s superb 139 chased down the target with two balls remaining.

Here is the table of top 10 batsmen who scored hundreds in losing causes.  

Batsmen

Team

Run

Average

100

Highest

Sachin Tendulkar

India

6585

33.25

14

175

Chris Gayle

West Indies

4087

29.19

9

152*

Kumar Sangakkara

Sri Lanka

5604

35.46

7

138*

Brendan Taylor

Zimbabwe

3688

30.47

7

145*

Ross Taylor

New Zealand

2432

35.76

7

128*

Marcus Trescothick

England

2036

32.83

6

137

Alistair Campbell

Zimbabwe

3118

25.55

5

124

Herschelle Gibbs

South Africa

2182

27.27

5

143

Ricky Ponting

Australia

2658

28.27

5

164

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

West Indies

4661

34.27

4

149*