It is the dream of every person living on the planet to do something unique and get his name registered in the Guinness Book of World Records. Over the years, millions of people have done some of the weirdest things to enroll themselves in the historic book.
The book has a special section dedicated to sporting records and recognizes cricket as a major sport.
India is a massive cricketing nation and are the most successful Asian team in the sport’s history. Today, we will take a look at the three Indian cricketers who have their names in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Virag Mare – Record for the Longest Net Session :
Starting things off with the least popular name on this list, Virag Mare never made it to the International scene with his country. The Mumbai-born wanted to don the famous Indian blues, however, the sheer competition in the national team denied him the chane.
Virag used to sell Vadapav in Mumbai before he shifted to Pune to pursue his cricketing dream. When he was 24 years old, he created a unique record by practicing in a net session which lasted for 3 days cand 2 nights.
He kicked off the session on 22nd December 2015 and played 2,447 overs which is equal to 14,682 balls in 50 hours, 5 minutes and 51 seconds before leaving the net. He shattered the record of Dave Newman and Richard Wells with this impressive achievement.
Raja Maharaj Singh – Record for the Oldest First Class Player
If there’s an onfield sport where the phrase “Age is Just a Number” applies pretty well, its surely cricket. Over the years, the game of cricket has seen some of the oldest veterans test themselves to the very limits in terms of physical strength and endurance.
The second toughest form of cricket is First-Class cricket where matches range between two to five days and mostly the warm-up matches, as well as the domestic games, are played in this format. It goes without saying that a cricketer on the other side of 40s will find it very hard to play an entire FC game however the former governor of Bombay, Raja Maharaj Singh made his FC debut at the age of 72 years.
Singh led the Governor’s XI in that game aged 72 Years and 192 days. Although he could not make much impact against Commonwealth XI, he got his name registered in Guinness Book of World Records.
MS Dhoni – Record for the Most Expensive Bat
MS Dhoni had auctioned his 2011 World Cup winning bat with which he finished off the final match against Sri Lanka in style with a maximum at the Wankhede Stadium. Soon, Dhoni put his bat for sale at an event named ‘East meets West’. A firm named R.K. Global purchased the bat for £100,000 ($161,295) and very kindly, Dhoni used that amount to invest in his wife’s charity organization ‘Sakshi Foundation.’
The real gentleman of the cricket game hence, made a royal entry to the Guinness Book of World Records. Thus, these are three Indian cricketers who hold an elite world record to their name.