Amazing Rampaul sets batting record

Visakhapatnam, India -- West Indies left-hander Ravi Rampaul on Friday created a new world record for the highest score by a Number 10 batsman in history of One-Day Internationals.

The 27-year-old struck a magnificent unbeaten 86 against India in the second One-Day International as West Indies recovered from 170-9 to reach 269-9 off their 50 overs at the Dr YS Rajashekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Stadium.

Rampaul came in at the fall of Andre Russell’s wicket when the West Indies were tottering at 149-8, surpassed the earlier record held by Pakistan’s Mohammed Amir, who made 73 not out against New Zealand at Abu Dhabi in 2009.

During his 66-ball stay at the crease, Rampaul hit six boundaries and six sixes -- the most by a Number 10 in ODI history. It left the Indian bowlers and fielders stunned and gave the sold-out crowd a lot to cheers about.

He also put together a superb unbroken 99-run partnership in 14 overs for the last wicket with Kemar Roach (24), the third highest 10th wicket stand in the history of the game.

The other two notable 10th wicket partnerships were between West Indian greats Vivian Richards and Michael Holding (106 runs against England at Manchester in 1984) and Pakistan’s Amir and Saeed Ajmal (103 runs against New Zealand at Abu Dhabi in 2009).

Fri, 12/02/2011 - 06:15