Every era in cricket unearths batting talents that are head and shoulders ahead of their contemporaries. Batsmen whose appetite for runs and strive for consistency sets new benchmarks not only for the next generation but also for their peers to emulate.
Yet, one of the most common narratives that engulfs the cricketing circles is comparing a modern great with his predecessor often cynically. We won't be doing it on here as the complication of the coveted list below celebrates the consistency of all these great batsmen over the years.
Criteria: Players to have score minimum 30 international hundreds have been considered for the list .
Here's a look at batsmen over the years with the lowest innings per hundred ratios over the years:
Matthew Hayden (8.70 innings per hundred)
A farrago of destruction and consistency, Matthew Hayden was a bully as an opening batsman. After spending seven years in the shadow of Michael Slater and Mark Taylor, Hayden announced himself to the cricketing folklore with path-breaking performance in the 2001 tour of India.
The swashbuckling opener who achieved the distinction of scoring at least a thousand runs a year between the period of 2001 to 2005, accumulated 549 runs including a sublime double-hundred in Chennai against a rampaging Harbhajan Singh. Hayden, in few years time would go on smashing the then highest Test score in International cricket when he (380) clobbered an insipid Zimbabwean bowling attack in the summer of 2003. One of Hayden's niche that saw him walk down to fast bowlers and clobber them over their head, established him as an assaulter in chief in white ball cricket.
In a glittering sixteen-year-old career that saw Hayden compile 40 hundred (30 in Tests and 10 in ODIs), a ton, every 8.70 innings, the left-hander's finest hour in white ball cricket arrived in the 2007 Cricket World Cup, where he amassed a barely believable 659 runs to help Australia lift their third trophy in a row and fourth overall.