Cricket, a game of glory, requires luck and everybody's 'A' game to deliver brilliant performances. There are good days and then there are bad ones for players and even for teams.
These off days lead to dismal performances and end up creating embarrassing records. Teams and players are always looking out to omit these days from their life.
Let us take a look at some of the most dubious cricket records.
1) Lowest totals by a team
In ODIs, this belongs to Zimbabwe when they scored just 35 runs against Sri Lanka in 2004. Their innings lasted for just 18 overs. Seven Extras were the highest score.
While in Tests the lowest score has been scored by New Zealand against England. This happened in their second innings when they were all out for 26 in 27 overs. The highest scorer was 11 and the rest were knocked out in single digits with four players going for a duck.
2) Most runs conceded by a bowler in an ODI match
This record belongs to Mick Lewis as he gave 113 runs in his quota of 10 overs at an economy of 11.3. This happened against South Africa in their mammoth run chase of 438 runs in 2006.
3) Longest over in ODIs
This record belongs to Pakistani seamer Mohammad Sami. In the 2004 Asia cup match against Bangladesh, he bowled a 17-ball over which had seven wides and four no-balls.
4) Worst bowling performance
Pakistani spinner Abdur Rehman, in the Asia Cup match against Bangladesh in 2014, gave eight runs without bowling a single legal delivery. He bowled a hattrick of waist-high full tosses and was removed from the attack by the umpires. His then figures were 0-0-8-0.
5) Maximum runs conceded by a bowler in a T20I match
BJ McCarthy from Ireland had a terrible day against Afganistan when he was taken to all the parts of the ground by Mohammad Shahzad and Mohammad Nabi. He conceded 69 runs in four overs at an economy of 17.25.
6) Most Ducks
Getting out for ducks is a terrible feeling.
An otherwise fine batsman, Sanath Jayasuriya holds this record to his name with 34 ducks in ODIs.
While in Tests, Courtney Walsh tops the list with 43 ducks.
Muralitharan may have taken a lot of wickets but if most ducks in international cricket are considered, he tops the list with a total of 59 ducks.
Most number of pairs, which means ducks in both innings of a Test match when considered, Chris Martin from New Zeland tops the list. He scored a pair on seven occasions.
7) Number 11 being the highest scorer
In the first Test match of the 2011 series between South Africa and Australia, Australia had scored 284 in the first innings. Australia bowled out South Africa for just 96 in less than 25 overs. What followed after was the spectacular bowling performance by the South Africans. They bowled the Australians out for a mere 47 in 18 overs in 95 minutes. The highest scorer for Australia was Nathan Lyon, who scored a total of 14. Peter Siddle scored 12 and was the second-highest scorer. The rest of the squad was not even able to reach a double-digit score.
8) Most run outs in ODIs
This record is shared by two Pakistani players. Both Imzamam and Wasim Akram were terrible runners between the wickets. In ODIs, both have been run out a total of 38 times each.
9) Player getting bowled the most number of times in Tests
Rahul Dravid holds this very embarrassing record of getting bowled the most number of times in Test matches. He has been bowled on 55 occasions.
10) Most runs conceded in Test without a wicket
Imran Tahir from South Africa holds this record to his name for his performance in the Adelaide Test of 2012 against Australia. He bowled 37 overs and gave away 267 runs without taking a wicket.
11) Most expensive over in Test cricket
James Anderson, who went past Glenn McGrath in the recently concluded Test series against India, holds this terrible record. He has conceded most runs in an over in Test matches. He conceded 28 runs when George Bailey thrashed him for boundaries all around the ground. Bailey smashed 3 sixes, 2 fours and a double.
This record is also shared by Robin Peterson from South Africa as he also conceded 28 runs against Brian Lara.