Indian batsmen dismissed at 99 in ODIs:
Scoring a century is probably one of the most honorable achievements a batsman can get in an ODI. But, what if the batsman is too unlucky to be dismissed at 99? Yes, that should be the unluckiest situation a batsman can ever face. Imagine missing a well-deserved century after working so hard, sweating for so long, should be a nightmare for the batsman. There have been 8 instances when an Indian batsman got out on 99. Let’s have a detailed look at Indian batsmen to be dismissed at 99 in ODI.
Krishnamachari Srikkanth vs England, 1984
K Srikkanth is the first Indian batsman to be dismissed at 99 in ODI. He is a legend in Indian cricket. The innings came against England in Barabati Stadium, Cuttack, 1984 when England toured India for 5 Tests and 5 ODI matches. This innings came on the second ODI when K Srikkanth scored 99 runs in 111 balls with the help of 4 fours and 3 sixes with a strike rate of 89.18. Although Ravi Shastri scored 102 runs in 142 balls with a strike rate of 71.83 to bag the man of the match award. However, both the innings of Srikkanth and Shastri went in vain when England won the man by 1 run courtesy of a revised target.
VVS Laxman vs West Indies, 2002
Laxman is the second batsman who got dismissed at 99 in ODI when West Indies toured India for 3 Test matches and 7 ODIs. It was the 2nd ODI held in Nagpur when VVS came to bat at no.4 after India lost two early wickets in Virender Sehwag 1(5) and Ajit Agarkar 6(11). VVS along with captain Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid shaped the Indian innings in difficult conditions to help put a respectable target of 279/9. Sourav Ganguly scored 78 runs off 99 balls with Rahul Dravid providing support in the middle order by scoring 51 of 42 balls. But VVS scored a very hard worked 99 and just fell sort of 1 run to score a well-deserved century. However, West Indies won the match by 7 wickets (D/L) with Cris Gayle becoming player of the match.
Rahul Dravid vs Pakistan, 2004
India toured Pakistan in 2004 playing 5 ODIs and 3 Tests. It was the first ODI played in Karachi when Pakistan won the toss and elected to field first while facing arch-rival India. Virender Sehwag gave India a flying start scoring 79 off just 57, hitting 14 fours and 1 six. Rahul Dravid came to bat at no. 4 following the dismissal of Sehwag. Dravid scored an impressive but unlucky 99 runs off just 104 balls with a strike rate of 95.19 in the middle order that helped India set a mammoth target of 350. In reply, Pakistan was able to score 344 runs meaning India won the match by 5 runs. Inzamam-ul-Haq was the man of the match for scoring an outstanding knock of 122 runs in 102 balls.
Sachin Tendulkar vs South Africa, England & Pakistan, 2007
2007 must be the unluckiest year in the career of our Master Blaster. Sachin Tendulkar missed 3 centuries by 1 run in the year 2007 while facing South Africa, England & Pakistan. The first knock of 99 came in the 1st ODI, Belfast facing South Africa in Future Cup 2007. Sachin gave an immense contribution of 99 runs along with Rahul Dravid 74 (93) when all other batsmen contributed to a combined total of only 56 runs. Sachin missed his well-deserved century due to an unlucky run-out. However, South Africa won the match by 4 wickets while chasing a target of 243.
The second 99 came from Sachin’s bat while facing England in the 2nd ODI, Bristol in a 7 match series. India elected to bat first and managed to put a good score of 320/7 courtesy of Sachin’s knock of 99 of 112 balls with a strike rate of 88.39 but fell short of just one run to score a well-deserved century when Flintoff got his wicket through a bouncer. However, India won the match by 9 runs. Rahul Dravid became the player of the match.
The third and last 99 came from Sachin’s bat facing Pakistan when Pakistan toured India in 2007. It was the second ODI in Mohali when India won the toss and elected to bat first. Sachin came to open the innings with Sourav Ganguly. Sachin scored an excellent knock of 99 when he was caught by Kamran Akmal on a Umar Gul delivery. India lost the match by just 1 run while chasing 322.
Virat Kohli vs West Indies, 2013
King Kohli narrowly missed one run to complete his century when West Indies toured India in 2013 to play 2 Tests and 3 ODIs. The incident happened in Visakhapatnam when the 2nd ODI was being played. West Indies won the toss and elected to field first. Every other batsman apart from Kohli struggled to put a big score on the board. Virat scored an important knock of 99 of 100 balls, missing his well-deserved century by just one run. With that India scored a defendable score of 288/7. However, West Indies had the last laugh by winning the match by 2 wickets with 3 balls to spare. Daren Sammy was awarded the man-of-the-match trophy.
Rohit Sharma vs Australia, 2016
Hitman Sharma till now is the last Indian batsman to be dismissed at 99 in ODI. This innings came facing Australia in Sydney when India toured Australia for 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is. Jasprit Bumrah made his ODI debut in this match as well. India won the toss and elected to field first. Australia managed to put a huge target of 332 runs. India in return got off to a flying start from opener Rohit and Shikhar. Sharma led the foundation of the run chase and played a crucial inning of 99 runs of 108 balls, hitting 9 fours and 1 six. But failed to score his hard-worked century just by one run when he was caught behind by Wade on a Hastings delivery. Manish Pandey then came at no.4 to play a match-winning inning of 104* runs of just 81 deliveries.
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