Cricket Record For Most Nineties in Career: All Time

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There is a singular record that speaks of brilliance and anguish in the huge world of cricket, where hundreds and five-wicket hauls typically take the spotlight.

The "Most Nineties in Career" statistic for both One-Day Internationals and Tests is a reflection of a player's consistency and a hint at the times they came near to reaching the elusive three-figure barrier.

Who exactly are the athletes who have experienced the "nervous nineties" more than anyone else? And what does it tell us about their development as cricket players?

Dive in to learn more about these close calls and the players who have had the most of them.

Cricket Record For Most Nineties in Career: All Time


Cricket is a very passionate and accurate game that has been the site of many records that have amazed people and set standards for future generations.

The "Most Nineties in Career" record in both One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Test matches is one of a kind.

While hundreds and five-wicket hauls get most of the attention, the record for the most nineties shows how consistent a player is and how heartbreaking it is to miss the desired three-figure mark.

The "Most Nineties in Career" list is more than just a number; it's a story of those times when a batter was almost at a century but was stopped by luck or a brief loss of focus.

Every run is very important in ODIs and Test matches, which are very stressful. To regularly get into the nineties shows how good and determined a player is.

However, the road from 90 to 100 is not without its problems. The players who have faced these problems the most times have made their names famous in the history of cricket.

This record not only shows how good these players are, but it also shows how unpredictable and exciting cricket can be for fans.

This list of the "Most Nineties in Career" players is a good reminder that in cricket, as in life, it's not just about hitting big goals. It's also about the journey and the stories that happen along the way.


Cricket Record For Most Nineties in Career: All Time


50100PlayerSpanMatInnsNORunsHSAve90s
164100SR Tendulkar (IND)1989-20136647827434357248*48.5228
9441KS Williamson (NZ)2010-2023346*406451735825148.0814
10947AB de Villiers (Afr/SA)2004-20184204846820014278*48.1114
14648R Dravid (Asia/ICC/IND)1996-2012509605722420827045.4114
14962JH Kallis (Afr/ICC/SA)1995-2014519617972553422449.1013
14671RT Ponting (AUS/ICC)1995-2012560668702748325745.9513
12935Inzamam-ul-Haq (Asia/ICC/PAK)1991-2007499551762058032943.3212
5524S Dhawan (IND)2010-2022269288141086719039.6611
6940ML Hayden (AUS/ICC)1993-2009273348321506638047.6711
6527NJ Astle (NZ)1995-2007308358251186622235.6311
6635HH Gibbs (SA)1996-2010361417241466122837.3011
7238V Sehwag (Asia/ICC/IND)1999-2013374443151725331940.3111
8636MJ Clarke (AUS)2003-20153944497117112329*45.2611
8631PA de Silva (SL)1984-2003401455411564526737.7811
10816MS Dhoni (Asia/IND)2004-20195385261421726622444.9611
9535SR Waugh (AUS)1985-20044935481041849620041.6511
12541S Chanderpaul (WI)1994-20154545539420988203*45.7211
13780V Kohli (IND)2008-2023517*5738626478254*54.3611
13654DPMD Jayawardene (Asia/SL)1997-2015652725622595737439.1511
5512GW Flower (ZIM)1992-20102883372410028201*32.0310
7121RB Richardson (WI)1983-1996310363421219719437.9910
9517SP Fleming (ICC/NZ)1994-20083964633115319274*35.4610
10738SC Ganguly (Asia/IND)1992-2008424488401857523941.4610
11153BC Lara (ICC/WI)1990-20074305213822358400*46.2810
3014MJ Slater (AUS)1993-20011161738629921938.179
8831Babar Azam (PAK)2015-2023270300361298619649.189
6530CG Greenidge (WI)1974-1991236312291269222644.849
8133AC Gilchrist (AUS/ICC)1996-20083964293215461204*38.949
8855HM Amla (SA/World)2004-20193494373618672311*46.569
8518AD Mathews (SL)2008-20234104469214425200*40.749
15363KC Sangakkara (Asia/ICC/SL)2000-2015594666672801631946.779
2712AI Kallicharran (WI)1972-19819713714522518742.478
6018DM Jones (AUS)1984-199421625036969921645.328
6320G Gambhir (IND)2003-2016242283181032420638.958
7235SM Gavaskar (IND)1971-19872333163013214236*46.208
4915PD Collingwood (ENG/World)2001-201730132949993420635.478
7120RR Sarwan (WI)2000-2013286339441194429140.488
6732KP Pietersen (ENG/ICC)2004-2014277342291379722744.078
6926DC Boon (AUS)1984-1996288367361338620040.448
7544SPD Smith (AUS)2010-2023318369491565023948.908
7638AN Cook (ENG)2006-2018257387201573729442.888
9739Mohammad Yousuf (Asia/PAK)1998-2010381432521730022345.528
7929M Azharuddin (IND)1984-2000433455631559319939.778
9348DA Warner (AUS)2009-20233674552518277335*42.508
9914Shakib Al Hasan (BAN)2006-2023430471541440621734.548
8019Mushfiqur Rahim (BAN)2005-20234535007014661219*34.098
9340LRPL Taylor (NZ)2006-2022450510841819929042.728
10542CH Gayle (ICC/WI)1999-2021483551351959333337.978
10342ST Jayasuriya (Asia/SL)1989-2011586651352103234034.148
299AK Markram (SA)2017-202313615813540917537.307
3717UT Khawaja (AUS)2011-2023115165136799195*44.737
3319Zaheer Abbas (PAK)1969-198514018417763427445.717
4815NS Sidhu (IND)1983-199918720510761520139.057
5123G Boycott (ENG)1964-1982144227279196246*45.987
5221MD Crowe (NZ)1982-1995220271291014829941.937
6820MA Taylor (AUS)1989-19992172961411039334*39.147
8410Misbah-ul-Haq (PAK)2001-20172763156411132161*44.357
6628Q de Kock (SA)2012-2023288324221234417840.877
5323JM Bairstow (ENG)2011-20232723303311184167*37.657
7623MJ Guptill (NZ)2009-20223674022713463237*35.907
9037GC Smith (Afr/ICC/SA)2002-2014347432251723627742.347
10446JE Root (ENG)2012-2023338437481883125448.407
10230AR Border (AUS)1978-1994429517831769820540.777

Cricket Record For Most Nineties in Career: ODI


50100PlayerSpanMatInnsNORunsHSAve90s
9649SR Tendulkar (IND)1989-20124634524118426200*44.8318
4413KS Williamson (NZ)2010-2023165*15617674114848.499
406GW Flower (ZIM)1992-2010221214186571142*33.529
4116NJ Astle (NZ)1995-2007223217147090145*34.929
6411PA de Silva (SL)1984-200330829630928414534.909
8617JH Kallis (Afr/ICC/SA)1996-2014328314531157913944.368
3917S Dhawan (IND)2010-202216716410679314344.117
7150V Kohli (IND)2008-2023291*279441379418358.697
587M Azharuddin (IND)1985-2000334308549378153*36.927
344MD Crowe (NZ)1982-1995143140184704107*38.556
467DM Jones (AUS)1984-199416416125606814544.616
445RB Richardson (WI)1983-199622421730624812233.416
5325AB de Villiers (Afr/SA)2005-201822821839957717653.506
588MJ Clarke (AUS)2003-201524522344798113044.586
3815V Sehwag (Asia/ICC/IND)1999-20132512459827321935.056
5516AC Gilchrist (AUS/ICC)1996-200828727911961917235.896
7310MS Dhoni (Asia/IND)2004-20193502978410773183*50.576
7222SC Ganguly (Asia/IND)1992-2007311300231136318341.026
8230RT Ponting (AUS/ICC)1995-2012375365391370416442.036
9325KC Sangakkara (Asia/ICC/SL)2000-2015404380411423416941.986
6828ST Jayasuriya (Asia/SL)1989-2011445433181343018932.366
234GJ Maxwell (AUS)2012-2023136125163892201*35.705
274K Srikkanth (IND)1981-19921461454409112329.015
2511JC Buttler (ENG)2012-2023178151264961162*39.685
385RR Sarwan (WI)2000-2013181169335804120*42.675
392WJ Cronje (SA)1992-200018817531556511238.645
3927HM Amla (SA)2008-201918117814811315949.465
4710GC Smith (Afr/SA)2002-201319719410698914137.985
5121LRPL Taylor (NZ)2006-2022236220398607181*47.555
5911S Chanderpaul (WI)1994-201126825140877815041.605
5531RG Sharma (IND)2007-2023261*253361066226449.135
5911MS Atapattu (SL)1990-2007268259328529132*37.575
6415Mohammad Yousuf (Asia/PAK)1998-2010288273409720141*41.715
5425CH Gayle (ICC/WI)1999-2019301294171048021537.835
3219Babar Azam (PAK)2015-202311711413572915856.724
264AJ Lamb (ENG)1982-199212211816401011839.314
212V Sibanda (Afr/ZIM)2003-20161271264299411624.544
3017AJ Finch (AUS)2013-202214614235406153*38.894
3411G Gambhir (IND)2003-2013147143115238150*39.684
3610ML Hayden (AUS/ICC)1993-2008161155156133181*43.804
3322DA Warner (AUS)2009-20231591576689617945.664
274JP Duminy (SA)2004-2019199179405117150*36.814
306A Jadeja (IND)1992-200019617936535911937.474
265PD Collingwood (ENG)2001-2011197181375092120*35.364
4513G Kirsten (SA)1993-2003185185196798188*40.954
403AD Mathews (SL)2008-2023226195485916139*40.244
4714EJG Morgan (ENG/IRE)2006-202224823034770114839.294
3710Ijaz Ahmed (PAK)1986-2000250232296564139*32.334
569Shakib Al Hasan (BAN)2006-2023247234317570134*37.294
3721HH Gibbs (SA)1996-201024824016809417536.134
4320Saeed Anwar (PAK)1989-200324724419882419439.214
489Mushfiqur Rahim (BAN)2006-202326524840760814436.574
393AR Border (AUS)1979-1994273252396524127*30.624
449Shoaib Malik (PAK)1999-201928725840753414334.554
498SP Fleming (ICC/NZ)1994-2007280269218037134*32.404
6319BC Lara (ICC/WI)1990-2007299289321040516940.484
8312R Dravid (Asia/ICC/IND)1996-2011344318401088915339.164
8310Inzamam-ul-Haq (Asia/PAK)1991-20073783505311739137*39.524
7719DPMD Jayawardene (Asia/SL)1998-2015448418391265014433.374

Cricket Record For Most Nineties in Career: Test


50100PlayerSpanMatInnsNORunsHSAve90s
5032SR Waugh (AUS)1985-2004168260461092720051.0610
6336R Dravid (ICC/IND)1996-2012164286321328827052.3110
6851SR Tendulkar (IND)1989-20132003293315921248*53.7810
2114MJ Slater (AUS)1993-2001741317531221942.839
2112AI Kallicharran (WI)1972-19816610910439918744.438
4622AB de Villiers (SA)2004-2018114191188765278*50.668
4625Inzamam-ul-Haq (ICC/PAK)1992-200712020022883032949.608
2930ML Hayden (AUS)1994-200910318414862538050.737
5733AN Cook (ENG)2006-2018161291161247229445.357
115RR Pant (IND)2018-2022335642271159*43.676
197C Hill (AUS)1896-191249892341219139.216
2815RB Kanhai (WI)1957-1974791376622725647.536
2614HH Gibbs (SA)1996-2008901547616722841.956
3419CG Greenidge (WI)1974-199110818516755822644.726
469SP Fleming (NZ)1994-2008111189107172274*40.066
4222G Boycott (ENG)1964-1982108193238114246*47.726
4834BC Lara (ICC/WI)1990-2006131232611953400*52.886
5034DPMD Jayawardene (SL)1997-2014149252151181437449.846
6630S Chanderpaul (WI)1994-20151642804911867203*51.376
6241RT Ponting (AUS)1995-2012168287291337825751.856
3520KF Barrington (ENG)1955-19688213115680625658.675
2011HP Tillakaratne (SL)1989-200483131254545204*42.875
3910Misbah-ul-Haq (PAK)2001-201775132205222161*46.625
2919MEK Hussey (AUS)2005-20137913716623519551.525
336MS Dhoni (IND)2005-20149014416487622438.095
3026GS Sobers (WI)1954-197493160218032365*57.785
2912KC Brathwaite (WI)2011-20238716710547921234.895
3223V Sehwag (ICC/IND)2001-20131041806858631949.345
3523KP Pietersen (ENG)2005-20141041818818122747.285
4015AD Mathews (SL)2009-2023106188267361200*45.435
3221DC Boon (AUS)1984-199610719020742220043.655
2728MJ Clarke (AUS)2004-2015115198228643329*49.105
4616MA Atherton (ENG)1989-200111521277728185*37.695
4534SM Gavaskar (IND)1971-19871252141610122236*51.125
5845JH Kallis (ICC/SA)1995-2013166280401328922455.375
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Cricket Record For Most Nineties in Career: All Time


Cricket Record For Most Nineties in Career: All Time

Numerous records have been set and subsequently broken in the sport of cricket, which is enjoyed by millions of people throughout the world.

The “Most Nineties in Career” category includes both One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Test matches, and it is notable because of the record it holds for having the most consecutive scores of ninety.

While not as impressive as a century or five-wicket haul, this achievement nonetheless holds a unique charm.

After all, it’s a sign of a player’s dedication to the century club if they’re always close but never quite able to achieve it.

Being awarded “Most Nineties in Career” is a testament to a cricketer’s ability to regularly play massive innings, but it also highlights the disappointment of being so close to scoring a century but falling just short.

In high-stakes games like one-day internationals and test matches, scoring in the 90s is a significant feat.

However, the anticipation and pressure of attaining the three-figure milestone can at times be too much to handle.

Those who have accumulated the most career 90s have shown grit, skill, and an instinctive ability to play deep into games.

Their adventures, which included both triumphs and setbacks, added a fresh chapter to cricket’s colorful and adventurous history.

The Importance of Being in Your Nineties

An outstanding performance in cricket would be one that results in a century. The desired triple digit score, however, does not happen every inning.

The nineties, namely the scores in the range (90–99), are interesting because they have their own special appeal. Scores close to but below 100 are indicative of a player’s consistency and skill.

Sachin Tendulkar was a phenomenal player throughout the ’90s

When it comes to scoring ninety in cricket, there is one guy who stands out from the rest of the galaxy like a blazing star.

That’s none other than Sachin Tendulkar, a legendary batsman from India. He has achieved an incredible 18 hundreds in international cricket, giving him the record for most hundreds ever scored in the game.

An Inside Look at Sachin Tendulkar’s Extraordinary Career

After joining the Indian national cricket team at age 16, Sachin swiftly rose to prominence as a premier batsman. His intelligence was on full display over a twenty year period.

He earned 100 centuries in his international career and finished with 34,357 runs. Even more impressive is the fact that he has “hundreds in consecutive matches from debut.”

Most Nineties in Career: ODI

Every batsman hopes to post a high score in an ODI. Their proficiency and perseverance have been validated throughout a century of service.

It’s a long and winding road, though, from 90 to 100 runs. When the heat is on, even the strongest of us can crack.

The players that have experienced the most “nervous nineties” throughout their ODI careers are the ones we’ll be focusing on today.

1. The Legend: Sachin Tendulkar (18 Times: 1989-2012)

Sachin Tendulkar, often at the pinnacle of batting records, tops this list too. Starting his ODI journey against Pakistan in 1989, he’s played 463 matches.

With a whopping 18,426 runs, 49 centuries, and 96 half-centuries, his records speak volumes. Yet, 18 times, he fell short in the nineties.

Imagine, “Hundreds in consecutive matches from debut” could have been his if not for these instances.

2. Zimbabwe’s Star: Grant Flower (9 Times: 1992-2010)

Zimbabwe gifted cricket with Grant Flower. A versatile player, he debuted against India in 1992. Across 221 ODI games, he’s amassed 6571 runs and taken 104 wickets.

Six centuries and 40 half-centuries adorn his career. However, the nineties tripped him up nine times.

3. New Zealand’s Opener: Nathan Astle (9 Times: 1995-2007)

Nathan Astle, a formidable opener, began his ODI career against the West Indies in 1995. In 223 matches, he’s scored 7090 runs.

His record boasts 16 centuries and 41 half-centuries. But, the nineties proved challenging, stopping him nine times.

4. Sri Lanka’s Captain: Aravinda de Silva (9 Times: 1984-2003)

Aravinda de Silva, a Sri Lankan gem, made his ODI debut against New Zealand in 1984. Over 308 matches, he’s scored 9284 runs.

His tally includes 11 centuries and 64 fifties. Yet, nine times, the nineties halted his march to a century.

5. South Africa’s All-Rounder: Jacques Kallis (8 Times: 1996-2014)

Jacques Kallis, arguably cricket’s best all-rounder, started his ODI career against England in 1996. Playing 328 ODIs, he’s scored 11,579 runs.

With 17 centuries and 86 half-centuries, his stats are impressive. But, eight times, he missed a century by a whisker.

Most Nineties in Career: Test Matches

A century is a significant milestone for any batsman in the sport of cricket. However, this is not a regular occurrence.

Getting to the three-figure mark is a great personal accomplishment, and it also boosts the team’s reputation. Nonetheless, the nervous nineties are a phenomenon that has been observed in cricket.

As a batsman gets closer to reaching 100 runs, the pressure on him or her to do so increases. Commonly, they have trouble getting past the 90-to-100 run mark, which limits their chances of reaching a century.

Both the player and the squad are going through a tough period right now. Let’s have a look at the players in test cricket history who have held this position the most often.

1. Sachin Tendulkar (10 times) – 1989 to 2013

Sachin Tendulkar, a legend in the sport of cricket, has a number of records. The fans were blown away by his batting, which was a great combination of technique and balance.

He holds the record for most century scored overall with 51 in Tests and 49 in One-Day Internationals.

However, during his remarkable career that spanned 200 games, he failed to reach the century mark in successive matches beginning with his debut and struggled with the nervous ninety ten times.

2. Rahul Dravid (10 times) – 1996 to 2012

The famous batting abilities of Rahul Dravid earned him the nickname “Mr. Wall.” After making his test cricket debut in 1996 against England, he quickly rose to become one of the game’s leading run scorers.

His record is remarkable given that he has scored 36 centuries and 63 fifties. Nevertheless, much like Tendulkar, Dravid faced the nervous nineties ten times during his career.

3. Steve Waugh (10 times) – 1985 to 2004

Another one of cricket’s all-time greats is Steve Waugh, who captained Australia in the past. In his first year as prime minister, 1985, he distinguished himself.

He made an everlasting imprint by scoring 32 centuries and 50 fifties during the course of his career. However, the tumultuous nineties did not spare him and visited him 10 times over his life.

The Peculiar Prestige of the Nineties in Cricket

Cricket has an abundance of records and statistics, and many of these focus on the greatness of hundreds and the magic of five-wicket hauls.

However, hidden among these illustrious achievements is the curious record of “Most Nineties in Career.” This record is interesting because it covers both One-Day Internationals and Tests.

The focus should not be solely on those who achieve ultimate success, but also on those who, time and time again, come perilously close.

An award like “Most Nineties in Career” can have mixed feelings. Reaching the 100-run mark is a rare feat, as it demonstrates a player’s exceptional consistency.

But it’s also a sobering reminder of all the times they came so close to breaking the magic hundred but fell just short.

In both ODIs and Test matches, this record serves as a monument to the mental toughness of the players. There was a lot of pressure on runners in the 1990s.

To successfully get through this testing period repeatedly takes not only competence but also tremendous psychological fortitude.

Finally, while hundreds will always be the pinnacle of batting performances, “Most Nineties in Career” has its own unique place in cricket’s colorful fabric.

This is a document that captures the spirit of perseverance and dedication, as well as the anguish of what might have been.

It is crucial for us, as fans and aficionados of the game, to recognize and honor the special narrative that these decades represent.

Since cricket is more about the game itself than the final score, it’s important to enjoy the process as much as the result.

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