“Carried the Bat” is a term which is related to Cricket in a strange way. There are only 11 players who carried their bat through a completed innings in ODI. For players to carry their bat in cricket, they have to be opening batsman, not out till the end and also, the team should lose all their 10 wickets. Here, we are going to discuss on players who have done carrying the bat in ODI Cricket.
What is Carrying the Bat in Cricket?
According to Wikipedia, the term carry the bat (or carry one’s bat) refers to an opening batsman who is not dismissed (“not out”) when the team innings is closed.
It is said, to players to carry their bat in an innings, all 10 Wickets of his team must be fallen while the batsman has to stay Not-Out at the other end until the end. Thereby it refers only to Opening Batsmen.
It is also okay when any of the Batsmen in the other end retire-out while the others get out.
It will not be considered if the innings is closed before all 10 wickets have fallen. And that’s why Sachin Tendulkar was not considered carrying on his bat when he stayed Not-out till the end when he scored 200* against South Africa.
List of Batsmen who have carried the bat in ODI
Nick Knight, the England Opener holds the record for the Highest Score while Carrying on his Bat.
H Gibbs has the only event of Carrying the Bat which includes a retired-out Batsman(G Kirsten).
Upul Tharanga recently became the 11th Overall & 1st Sri Lankan ODI Player to carry on his bat.
There is no Indian Player who has been part of this list.
There are 51 Instances of Carrying the Bat in Test Matches, including 4 Indians. Check the List here.
Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid & Cheteshwara Pujara are the ones to Carry on their Bat in Tests for India.
Tom Latham is the only New Zealand Player to Carry his Bat in ODI. He did it against India when New Zealand had toured India last time.
He is part of the current squad for India vs New Zealand, 2017 ODI Series too.
Chris Gayle is the Only player to Carry on his Bat in a T20 Innings. He scored 63 not-out off 50 balls against Sri Lanka while West Indies got All-out on 101.
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