In a World Cup Match, chasing 335, Sunil Gavaskar scored an unbeaten 36 off 174 balls
In a World Cup Match, chasing 335, Sunil Gavaskar scored an unbeaten 36 off 174 balls

Slowest Opening Batting Record in ODI cricket, Sunil Gavaskar, 36 runs in 174 balls.

In the Prudential World Cup of 1975, in the match between India and England, England set the target of 335 runs in 60 overs. Sunil Gavaskar batted throughout the innings and scored only 36 runs of 174 balls. India managed to score only 132 runs in 60 overs with 7 wickets in hand. This is still the Slowest 36 Runs in ODI.

Slowest Opening Batting Record

This was India’s first ever world cup match as well.

Sunil Gavaskar, record of slowest 36 in world cricket

Sunil Gavaskar, widely regarded as one of the greatest opening batsmen in cricket history, holds a number of records in the sport. However, one particular innings in his career stands out for its slow pace: his 36 not out off 174 balls in a One Day International (ODI) match against England in 1975. This is Slowest Opening Batting Record in ODI cricket.

The match, which took place on June 7, 1975, at the Lords in London, England, was the first match of India in 1975 world cup. England won the toss and elected to bat first, scoring 334 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in their allotted 60 overs.

In response, India began their innings with Gavaskar and Eknath Solkar as the opening batsmen. Gavaskar’s innings was a slow and steady one. He faced 174 balls, hitting just 1 four, as he scored 36 runs at a strike rate of just 20.68.

India eventually lost the match by 202 runs, with Gavaskar’s slow innings drawing criticism from fans and commentators alike. However, Gavaskar defended his approach, stating that he had simply been trying to occupy the crease.

Slowest Opening Batting Record

Despite the criticism, Gavaskar’s innings remains one of the slowest in ODI history, and it serves as a reminder of the different approaches that batsmen can take in limited-overs cricket. While some players focus on aggressive strokeplay and high strike rates, others may opt for a more measured and defensive approach, looking to build partnerships and ensure the team has wickets in hand for the latter stages of the innings.

Gavaskar’s slow innings is one of the records that he holds, he has the record for facing most balls and scoring the least runs among all the players who have played one day internationals. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest opening batsmen in the history of cricket and his records and achievements stand testimony to his skill and ability as a cricketer.

FAQs

Who holds the record for the slowest ODI innings by an opener?

Sunil Gavaskar holds the record for the slowest ODI innings by an opener, with his 36 not out off 174 balls in a match against England in 1975.

Is Sunil Gavaskar’s slow innings considered a negative record?

Some fans and commentators criticized Gavaskar’s slow approach at the time, but it can also be seen as a reminder of the different strategies that batsmen can take in limited-overs cricket.

What was the outcome of the match in which Sunil Gavaskar set the record for the slowest ODI innings?

India lost the match by 202 runs.

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