Inspired by Misbah-ul-Haq’s affinity for 99s, we had a few posts on Test 99s. We now turn our attention to 99s in ODIs.
Following my normal practice, the ODIs involving the ICC XI, Asia XI and Africa XI are not counted.
We start with the complete list of 99s in ODIs:
Sachin Tendulkar is the only one with three 99s
Sanath Jayasuriya is the only one with two 99s.
No one else has more than one.
Those who made 99 on ODI debut:
A rather short list. So we may as well list all those who made 90 to 99 on debut:
Note that no one other than Morgan and Patil crossed 95 on debut. Stephen Fleming also made 92 on Test debut.
Captains who made 99:
Jayasuriya’s two 99s came when he was captain, while Tendulkar’s relatively short spells of captaincy did not see any of his three 99s.
Next we take up the subset of unbeaten 99s:
While there was only one instance of an unbeaten 99 while chasing a target in Tests (Alec Tudor), there are a few in ODIs. This is the full list of unbeaten 99s in the second innings of an ODI:
Only Patil ended on the losing side when his team was bowled out (and it was his ODI debut too). The other 6 instances were while chasing a target. In at least one case (that of Sehwag) it was alleged that the bowler deliberately bowled a no-ball to deny the batsman his century. Read more about it here:
But disciplinary action was taken:
Apart from the bowler Suraj Randiv, another player (Dilshan) was penalized for encouraging him to bowl a no-ball.
These unbeaten 99s do not include any by a captain.
So we extend this list to captains who have made 95 to 99:
Both Sohail and Attapattu made 97 not out in successful chases.