6 famous cricketers who were left stranded on 99 not out in ODIs

6 players who were left stranded on 99 not out
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A century in any format of the game is noteworthy. Still several players left struck on 99 not out.

Despite the fact that it is no longer considered a remarkable achievement given the frequency with which it is recorded these days, it remains a dream for any young cricketer.

Because there are fewer overs in ODIs than in Tests, scoring a century is more difficult, especially for middle-order batsmen.

With the introduction of the IPL and other such domestic competitions throughout the world, batsmen have got even more accustomed to scoring quickly, making it easier for them to score hundreds.

However, there have been other instances in international cricket over the years where batsmen have been left stranded on 99 or removed one run short of a century.

Here’s the list of 6 batsmen:

Dean Jones

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In the 13th match of the Benson & Hedges World Series Cup against Sri Lanka at Adelaide on January 28, 1985.

Australian batsman-turned-commentator Dean Jones was stranded on 99 not out.

After winning the toss, Sri Lanka chose to bat first, and Jones was unable to finish his century before the 50-over limit.

With four fours and three sixes, the No. 3 batsman stayed unbeaten on 99 off 77 balls.

Richie Richardson

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Richie Richardson, a former West Indies captain, was not out on 99 in the opening match of the Rothmans Sharjah Cup, which was at Sharjah on November 15, 1985.

West Indies needed only 199 runs to win the match, and Richardson scored 99 in 141 balls, but he couldn’t get a century because West Indies had already passed Pakistan’s objective.

Andy Flower

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Andy Flower, arguably Zimbabwe’s best batsman, struck 99 not out in the third ODI of Australia’s tour of Zimbabwe.

On October 24, 1999, the match was in Harare.

After being put in by Australia, Zimbabwe chose to bat first. Flower, who came at number four, was undefeated on 99 at the end of the 50 overs.

Flower’s innings was the only notable contribution, as he hit 111 runs off 111 balls in an innings that had seven fours and two sixes.

Mohammad Yousuf Khan

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Mohammad Yousuf, the former Pakistan captain and one of Asia’s most elegant batters, is also on this list.

In the 4th ODI of Pakistan’s tour of India, played at Gwalior on November 15, 2007, Yousuf struck an unbeaten 99 against arch-rivals India.

Pakistan batted first, and Yousuf, who came at four, was left stranded on 99 runs as 50-over limit was reached.

Michael Clarke

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Michael Clarke, Australia’s 2015 World Cup- winning captain, also struck 99 not out against Ashes rivals England.

On 30 June 2010, this happened during the 4th ODI of Australia’s tour of England and Ireland at The Oval.

As Australia produced a formidable 290 for 5, Clarke smashed seven fours in his innings and Ricky Ponting contributed 92 from 93.

Virender Sehwag

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Virender Sehwag, the guy who loves to reach 100, 200, and even 300 with sixes, has also been left stranded on 99 not out – and in somewhat contentious circumstances.

On the 16th of August 2010, India was chasing 171 to win the third match of the Sri Lanka Triangular Series against the hosts in Dambulla.

Sehwag tied for first place with a score of 99.

Surav Randiv produced a massive no- ball, which Sehwag crushed for a six. The runs were not included because India had won by virtue of the no-ball.

Sehwag stayed unbeaten on 99 from 100 balls, smashing 11 fours and two sixes in the process.

Sehwag, in his usual flair, played down the controversy after the game. He says that he understood that teams don’t want players to score hundreds against them.

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