In the last couple of decades, cricket has undergone constant change. Cricket began with the longer format but as the game evolved, the shorter formats were introduced.
With the introduction of the T20 format, the mindset of the batsmen has changed completely. Modern-day batsmen are innovative, fearless and are always to ready to take risks. Thus, new-age batsmen make batting look effortless by scoring boundaries at will.
However, the case hadn’t been the same with yesteryear cricketers. They were very slow in their approach. Those days strike rates close to 100 would have been considered outrageous. In fact, there were some instances in the past where a batsman reached his ton without scoring a single boundary.
So, let us now take a look at three such instances where a batsman scored a ton just by running between the wickets.
#3 Alan Hill
Alan Hill is a former English cricketer and umpire who played for Derbyshire and Orange Free State in South Africa from 1972 to 1986 and 1976-77 respectively. Alan was a right-handed opening batsman and an occasional off-break bowler.
Alan has played 258 first-class matches and 155 List-A matches, scoring 12356 and 3518 runs at an average of 36.49 and 26.45 respectively. Hill scored a total of 22 tons and 80 in his first-class and List A career and picked up 9 wickets with the help of his occasional off-breaks.
Hill was one among the three cricketers who etched their names in the record books by scoring a ton without hitting a boundary. Hill achieved this rare feat when he scored 103 runs in a first-class match for Orange Free State against Griqualand West at Bloemfontein in 1976-77.
After retiring from cricket, Alan became an umpire at first-class and List A level. Later Hill started coaching cricket too.