Hi folks! We all have a fancy for statistics, don’t we? Are you geting your daily dose of statistics? Don’t you constantly keep an eye on the ICC rankings to see whether our very own Virat is at the top of the pile among ODI batsmen, or whether Ravindra Jadeja is among the best all-rounders in the world? To satiate our hunger for these statistics, SPORTZWIKI presents to you an all-new section ‘STATS’ in which we would cover the most interesting stats in the cricketing world. Today, we look at SPORTZWIKI’S Top 10 ODI batsmen with maximum not outs while chasing.
It is in adversity that the true character and temperament of a batsman is tested, it is how he responds when the chips are down that filters the great men from the ordinary. Chases are truly a different ball game compared to putting a total on the board as a wide range of factors come into play – none bigger than the pressure of the climbing required run rate. SPORTZWIKI takes a look at the most successful batsman in chases as we unravel the Top 10 ODI batsmen with maximum not outs while chasing.
10. Brian Lara
Brian Lara may have been spent most of his career batting at the No.4 position but the West Indian legend was a man who thrived on the big occasion as he has been not out on 30 occasions in ODI chases. Lara was an expert at pacing his innings depending upon the situation and fins himself at the No. 10 spot in SPORTZWIKI’S Top 10 ODI batsmen with maximum not outs while chasing.
9. Michael Bevan
Michael Bevan is 9th in SPORTZWIKI’S Top 10 ODI batsmen with maximum not outs while chasing. Being a part of one of the strongest ODI outfits of all time, Michael Bevan could easily have been overshadowed by its mighty top-order. However, a capacity to deliver almost each time he was called upon and an unbreakable resolve in crisis situations made him stand out in a team of superstars. Only a handful of players even come close to matching his consistency, his ability to pull out wins from losing situations and his incredible batting average. Bevan has been not out in 30 chases, an incredible feat only few can match or better.
8. Ricky Ponting
There is rarely any batting countdown in which this great Australian batsman doesn’t feature. Ricky Ponting was a class act with the bat, and despite batting in the top-order, Punter had an amazing 32 not outs in ODI chases, his consistency was second to none. Ricky Ponting occupies the 8th spot in SPORTZWIKI’S Top 10 ODI batsmen with maximum not outs while chasing.
7. Arjuna Ranatunga
The Sri Lankan World Cup winning captain made it a habit to deliver in any crisis situation the team found itself in. Arjuna Ranatunga was a nightmare for any bowler in the world as he had the ability to pierce the off and leg-side fields with ease with his wide range of strokes. He is 7th in SPORTZWIKI’S Top 10 ODI batsmen with maximum not outs while chasing.
6. Shaun Pollock
The only bowler in the list, although Shaun Pollock would probably take offence to being called a bowler as he was truly an outstanding bolwing all-rounder for the Proteas. Pollock lent some much-needed depth to the South African lower middle order and was no pushover with the bat as he has rescued South Africa on many occasions in ODI chases. With a staggering 33 not outs, Shaun Pollock is 6th in our countdown.
5. Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis is one of the only few modern batsmen who can boast of having a better average in ODIs and tests than the master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar. Kallis was a pillar of the South African top order, yet had an impressive record of finishing games with 34 not outs in ODI chases, earning the recently retired all-rounder the 5th spot in SPORTZWIKI’S Top 10 ODI batsmen with maximum not outs while chasing.
4. Inzamam ul-Haq
We all remember how Inzi snatched a test win from Bangladesh’s grasp with his heroics in batting with the tail and single-handed dragging Pakistan to an underved victory. On a pitch helping seamers, Pakistan were 132 for six – still 129 short of victory. But Inzamam stood firm for five hours 17 minutes, and his unbeaten 138 guided Pakistan home. He was as effective in the ODi format as grabs the 4th spot in SPORTZWIKI’S Top 10 ODI batsmen with maximum not outs while chasing with 34 not outs.
3. Jonty Rhodes
Jonty Rhodes was the Michael Bevan of South African cricket, the man who so often carried the Proteas on his shoulders in so many great ODI matches of the past decade. And his impressive 35 not outs in ODI chases proves his worth as a finisher in this format. He is 3rd in SPORTZWIKI’S Top 10 ODI batsmen with maximum not outs while chasing.
2. Mohammed Azharuddin
Mohammed Azharuddin had all the necessary attributes to succeed in difficult situations- a wide range of strokes, a wristy style that helped him manouever the gaps and above all, a calm head on his shoulders, as Azhar led India to so many famous chases in his glittering career. The former Indian captain is 2nd in SPORTZWIKI’S Top 10 ODI batsmen with maximum not outs while chasing.
1. MS Dhoni
38 and counting! And if the latest New Zealand series is anything to go by, MS Dhoni would strengthen his position as the best finisher in world cricket. His game and shot making may not be pleasing to the eye of the cricketing purist, but MSD has shown time and again that he has what it takes to deliver in the crunch situations. He occupies the deserved 1st spot in SPORTZWIKI’S Top 10 ODI batsmen with maximum not outs while chasing with an outstanding 38 not outs in chases.