5 of the most famous cameos in cricket history
A quick look at some of the greatest pinch-hitting jobs in cricketing history.
Ever since the emergence of limited overs cricket, attacking batsmanship has become the calling card of plenty of batsmen in the game. However, the 1990s saw an explosion in power hitting from batsmen all over the world due to the innovations brought about by Martin Crowe in the 1992 World Cup and cricket has never been the same again. Losing wickets is probably fine as long as the runs are scored at a fast rate as it helps in denting the opposition bowlers' confidence.
The emergence of T20 cricket has further added to the importance of short, fast innings that completely changed the game and hence, cameos have become far more frequent than ever before. Here is a look at some of the most famous cameos that have been played in international cricket over the years.
(Only knocks of fewer than 15 deliveries have been included in the list)
#5 Andre Russell 42*(13) v Pakistan, Christchurch, World Cup 2015
There are very few batsmen in the world at the moment who can match West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell in the power hitting battle and in a league game against Pakistan in World Cup 2015, he showed exactly why he can be such a game breaker. He came in to bat in the 48th over at the fall of the 5th wicket, with scorecard reading 259/5 and unleashed absolute carnage to take the West Indies to 310 in 50 overs.
Against a capable Pakistani attack, he belted 4 sixes and 3 fours to score a breathless 13 ball 42 and completely knocked the stuffing out of one of the better bowling attacks in the tournament. After hitting his first boundary in the 48th over, Russell took Wahab Riaz to the cleaners in the 49th over as he hit three sixes in one over and completely changed the game.
The West Indies romped to a 150 run victory.